October 29th, 2005

Coconut/mango/blueberry/apricot Spelt Muffins

Right now I'm licking muffin batter off a spoon and telepathicly urging the
experimental batch in the oven to turn out gloriously. Nothing short of glory
will do when it comes to muffins. What type of muffins did I attempt:
Coconut-Mango-Blueberry-Apricot. I based them off a recipe based off a recipe
by Bryaana Clark.

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Remedial pizza crust questions

Somehow, it seems that I have never before baked, by hand, anything that requires kneading. I'm trying to make the yeast pizza dough recipe from How It All Vegan, and everything went fine until it was time to knead the dough. As soon as I started, the dough coated my hands and my cutting board in thick layers of goo. Help! A bunch of the dough has now been washed down the sink (necessary so that I could have clean hands to type), but I'd like to try again. Can somebody please tell me how to handle the dough so that it's a nice ball instead of an insidious mess? I would really appreciate it!

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Convenience foods for a sickie?

I have a nasty case of bronchitis. I finally have drugs strong enough to knock out most of the cough, but they also knock out both my appetite and my energy. So I need to make it very, very easy to eat for the next week or so.

A friend has very kindly offered to drive me to the co-op for some grocery shopping tomorrow, but since I normally do so much of my own cooking I'm not really that familiar with convenience foods, and a lot of what I have tried I haven't liked.

What do you recommend that's more balanced than the starches and applesauce I've been living on? I like soy yogurt and stuff, but I want to get as many warm things as possible. What brands of soup do you like? Any frozen meals you recommend? Dehydrated stuff? Boiling water or nuking something is about as much work as I'm up for doing most of the time, though if you have recommendations that require a bit more effort I'd certainly appreciate that for when I'm feeling a little better.

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