Kin’che (Cracked Wheat with Eggs)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: July 9, 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 20 to 40 minutes, depending on choice of grain

Although this is listed in the Breakfast section of The Recipe of Love, it is also suitable as a side dish with any meal.

I have altered the instructions in two ways. First I reconciled the instructions with the list of ingredients. Although the list of ingredients calls for only ½ cup of spiced butter, the instructions called for 2 full cups.

Also, in my experience cracked wheat ordinarily takes only 15-20 minutes to absorb the water over a simmer heat. I am sure if I left the saucepan on a boil for 35-45 minutes as the original printed instructions dictate, I would be setting off smoke alarms big time as the wheat burned black in a dried-out pot.  Also a covered pot and a lower heat saves energy and keeps the kitchen cooler. So I have revised those instructions to match my actual practice.

Kin’che (Cracked Wheat with eggs)

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Crunchy Nut Muffins

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: July 2, 2012
Yield: 16 muffins
Time needed:  20-25 minutes

I seldom bake desserts.  So to get muffin recipes in, I decided to bake them for breakfast.  I wasn’t too sure of that at first.  Usually I just put together some yogurt and fresh fruit.  Baking in the early morning was a new adventure for me.

Interestingly, I am finding it fun.  Muffins are quite simple to make and take only 15-20 minutes in the oven, so I can be eating warm muffins just half an hour after pulling the ingredients out of my cupboard.

There’s a little extra preparation with these: roasting the chopped peanuts and seeds.  But that only adds about 3 minutes to preparation.  I used coconut oil both in the muffins and to grease the pans.

Crunchy Nut Muffins

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Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: August 9/16
Yield: 2 dozen
Time needed: 45 minutes

These are one of the staff-created variations on the basic muffin recipe used by Alternative Grounds, a popular fair-trade coffee roasters in Toronto. Sadly they no longer operate the restaurant where these muffins were served each morning, but the coffee is still available at various local outlets.

This is a very good muffin, moist and tasty. Good call, Elisha!

Elisha's Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Easy Crunchy Granola

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: March 10, 2012
Yield: 12 cups
Time needed: approximately 30 minutes

This lives up to its name. A nice granola and easy to make. I like the generous amount of coconut in this one. The only drawback with granola is that it needs frequent attention to prevent burning. So choose a time to make it where you will not be interrupted by other chores.

Easy Crunchy Granola

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Hearty Three-Grain Cereal

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: September 13, 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes.

Next to my usual fruit with yogurt, I like a cooked cereal for breakfast—also with fruit.  Mixing grains provides interesting tastes and textures. This is a wheat, oats, cornmeal mix to which I added apples as well as dates.

Hearty Three Grain Cereal

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