A few weeks ago I decided to take a quick trip to Chapters to use up a giftcard I had on some new baking books.
Unfortunately, the trip turned into one of the moments where you become aware that how incredibly and grotesquely awkward and feeble you feel on the inside shows on the outside.
I had a rough idea of what I wanted but Chapters has a rather extensive collection of cookbooks. Who knew? By the time I had chosen my favourites, holding each new favourite until it was replaced, my arms were exhausted and shaky from all the heavy lifting. (If I ever write a cookbook, that shit's going to be paperback. Seriously.)
I ran into a two friends of mine when I was nearing the front of the store. As I was shakily extending my arms to prop open the books to showcase some of the recipes, my dear friends kept asking if they could, you know, maybe hold my books for me and I could just point to the recipes. And then one of the employees kept coming up asking if I needed a complimentary bag while I waited, or if she could take the books to the counter for me since they were clearly very heavy. At first she seemed cordial but after about the fifth attempt, her lips said, "It's my job!" but her eyes said, "Your pathetic arms are about to snap from holding a book." I gave in, and she quickly whisked the books away from me and I resolved to make an attempt at a push up that night.
Anyway, these muffins come from one of the books-- Quinoa 365. I've been wanting to eat more quinoa. In fact, I've had a box of it sitting in my cupboard for well over 7 months. But I'm finicky about food, and spook easily when it comes to new textures. I figured muffins would be a safe bet. You can't distinguish the quinoa at all, and the muffins have a lovely sweetness. The boy likes them, too, so if one part-time foodphobe and a 4-year-old will eat them, you know they're good.
I've made a few other recipes from this book, so if you get the chance please pick up a copy. I saw some kicking around at Costco for cheap.