This weekend was exhausting. It was fun with a trip to the pumpkin patch, decorating, and shopping. But one of those where you're more tired on Monday morning than Friday afternoon.
Comfort food was called for, and I had been thinking of Split Pea Dal all afternoon. Not just any, but the one my sister makes from The Grit Cookbook.
The Grit is a fabulous little vegetarian restaurant on the edge of downtown Athens, GA. It has great atmosphere, delicious food, great brunch, and beautiful cakes and desserts. Athens was the first place I lived that had a range of vegetarian-friendly eating places, and I loved it.
In order for it to be a real comfort meal, it had to have carbs. Thumbing through The Grit Cookbook, the Old-Time Grit Buns caught my eye. These are lovely, easy yeast rolls with regular flour, whole-wheat flour, and cornmeal. Even the cat couldn't get enough!
I've been searching online for Halloween food ideas. Some are very scary and not at all appetizing. A pumpkin puking something I'm supposed to dip a chip into does not appeal to me. I prefer much sillier fright factors.
I saw many eyes. Made of eggs, made of olives, made of bread. Why not brownies? Dipped in white chocolate, with chocolate chip irises and red food coloring veins? Move over Van Morrison, here comes Brown-Eyed Ghoul.
To the peanut butter and jelly kids song:
First you take the brownies and you roll them, you roll them, you roll them roll them roll them.
Then you take the balls and you dip them, you dip them, you dip them dip them dip them.
Singing, Bloody, Brownie eyeballs with veins! Bloody, Brownie eyeballs with veins!
These are super easy to make. Just bake your favorite brownie recipe and almost completely cool. Cut into squares and roll each square into a ball. Let these cool completely. You can even let them sit over night in a sealed container. When ready, dip the balls into melted white chocolate, leaving a circle on top free of chocolate. Let these cool completely before marking them with red food coloring. I used a skewer to dip in the coloring and then draw on the chocolate.
They can be scary all together - or really cute on a pumpkin head!
Sweet potato biscuits anyone? Yes, they are in the shape of pumpkins for Halloween/Fall. But they really are sweet potato. If you don't believe me, head over to Erin's blog - Prudence Pennywise - for the recipe and a very fun blog. I'm still listening to the song list on her page. It'll definitely get you in the mood to bake!
These are topped with a streusel. Or pre-baking they were. The streusel melted into the muffins a bit, but it remained a nice crunch on top with each bite, which was another nice surprise. I think perhaps I over mixed the streusel.
1 ounce yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup hot water
- Combine flour, yeast, sugar, and salt in a bowl and whisk.
- Add hot water gradually until the flour comes together.
- Stir in oil.
- Knead for five to ten minutes until the dough becomes elastic.
- Cover and put in a warm place for 20-30 minutes until the dough doubles in size.
- Shape and top. Cook 20 minutes at 500 degrees F.
The pizza was a decent size for one (I was stuffed). The movie was cool visually. I'm curious now to read the book it's based on. It seemed to have a lot of messages, some conflicting. The point that you can't judge things on face value was obvious. But there also seemed to be a theme about accepting things, even when they are obviously not ideal. This sounds like a mirror image in itself, but it quite subtly restricting.