As weather is getting warm, we are going out on the weekends, so there is no baking during weekends which I prefer a lot. However my little ones want to see monkeys and elephants more than eating a cake. The zoo takes precedence over a baking adventure. Along with visiting the zoo, grocery shopping is an important event in weekends. My hubby buys blueberries every time he does grocery shopping. My daughter loves it one day but the next day she is not fond of it. And I like to bake with them. I had earlier tried blueberry banana muffins, but that time I used oats. However this time I skipped the oats and made these delicious blueberry banana muffins.
This recipe is from “Lighten up, y’all “by Virgina Willis; I got a complimentary copy for review from “Blogging for books”. Author who is from Georgia(USA) received her training in France, and has cooked with Julia Child, prepared lunch for President Clinton and catered a bowling party for Jane Fonda.
Lighten up, y’all is a good book if you have leanings towards the southern cooking. Book is divided into 10 chapters starting with starters and nibbles; in this section you can find delicate squash chips to lightened seven layer dip, to name just a few. I am looking forward to make baked onion blossom from that section. Then come salads and slaw section with interesting broccoli slaw.
The third chapter is about vegetable dishes with traditional southern favorite fired okra turned into oven fried okra. Then there is braised collard in tomato gravy. In the chapter 4 is about grains and grits, which include broccoli and cheese with rice grits. And southern New Year favorite Hoppin John, it caught my attention because I started following the tradition of eating black eyed peas on New Year day for bringing good luck. Chapter 5 is about seafood, and I am planning to make beer battered shrimp with spicy ketchup. You can also find smoky sea food Etoufee, pan seared fish steaks. Sixth chapter is about poultry, oven fried chicken on a stick looks very delectable along with slow cooked barbecue pulled chicken.
Chapter 7 has pork, beef and lamb recipes, Bourbon grilled pork chops looks delicious. Soups and stews becomes chapter 8, beef and farro soup sounds interesting. Chapter 9 has biscuits, breads, yes southern cornbread with lot of vegetables and there is buttermilk biscuits are few recipes. I tried blueberry banana muffins from this section. Chapter 10 has sweet dishes, with brown sugar-strawberry shortcakes, baked apple hand pies and yogurt pie crust etc.
One thing I found is that she uses more whole wheat pastry flour and Greek yogurt in her sweets, bread, muffin recipes. Even though whole wheat pastry flour is good, one drawback is that not available in regular grocery stores, you need to visit specialty stores to stock them up. I like the cookbook because recipes are well written and pictures are really good. However not all the recipes have pictures? May be author doesn’t find the importance of putting a cheddar muffins, or blueberry muffins, but there are quite a few dishes with photos. Few southern favorite recipes are missing, like, pecan pie, fried chicken etc.
If you want a leaner version of southern cooking this is the book for you. Each recipe has nutritional information that is very good point.
I made blueberry banana muffin recipe from the book; it is delicious whole wheat pastry flour and Greek yogurt made soft and fluffy. It is really easy to put together, you can make with fresh and frozen blueberries. I used fresh blueberries my kiddos loved it. Here comes the recipe.
*”I received complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”*
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.