Cardamom Crumb Muffins

I heart cardamom – in tea, traditional desserts, or even on it’s own. It occurred to me the other day that I don’t actually bake anything in which cardamom is the main ingredient. I add some to my baked oatmeal, but there it is part of an ensemble and does not shine alone. When I saw Dorie Greenspan’s recipe for Allspice Crumb Muffins I decided to adapt it slightly to fit the bill. My cardamom loving self may increase the cardamom next time, but my taste testers liked it as is.

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Scallion Pancakes with Ginger Dipping Sauce

I have been having a lot of sweet stuff lately. I blame it on the holidays. Or the newborn. Or family birthdays. Really with all those reasons to eat dessert it astounds me that I can make time for more savory foods, but I somehow did 🙂

For those of you familiar with a ‘paratha’ this is the Asian version of it. The recipe is from Brown Eyed Baker and with the exception of the addition of half a finely diced green chili I made it as is. My husband described this as a fun snack and I agree. My pancake/paratha making skills are pretty pathetic so it took  me a while to figure out how to roll the dough out right, but the dipping sauce was a breeze and I am sure it would work well with a variety of things.

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Hand Pies i.e. Pot Pies to Go!

People it is cold outside. And snowy. I have now been more or less home for a week now. What is a girl to do, but turn to some good old comfort food and what could be more comforting than Pot Pies that little hands can pick up and dig in to? I tried this recipe from Sophistimom some time ago and was very pleased with the result. It is flavourful and reheats well. I used store bought pastry dough, but next time I will make my own so I get something that is sturdier and less salty. Making this recipe vegetarian would be very easy, just swap out chicken boullion for veggie boullion, omit the chicken and up the veggies.

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Hello Baby!

If frequency of posts is anything to go by then I am a terrible blogger. But just LOOK AT THIS FACE!

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That folks is the face of Mishaal Mir, the newest member of the Mir family. She came into the world on November 18th and is overall a wonderful little baby. Her big sister is thrilled to bits as well. The only down side is that I have now been usurped as Zara’s best friend and replaced by Mishaal. Then again, who can blame her 🙂