Tuesday, February 06, 2007

takin' a break

Did you know that today is World Nutella Day 2007? Even though my kitchen is pretty much demolished, I just had to participate, because who doesn't like Nutella?

We've had a special limited edition jar of Nutella kicking around since last summer's World Cup. I guess it's supposed to look like a soccer ball.

We all really like Nutella, but since it's basically just fat and sugar with very little nutritional value, we try to limit ourselves to eating it for Saturday breakfasts only. That's why this jar has lasted so long. But even Nutella has an expiry date, so what to do with all that nutty goodness? I searched the web for easy recipes and found one for Nutella muffins. They are good. Very good. The first batch fell prey to the taste testers and was gone in about 20 minutes. The second batch survived until today. The recipe is here in German. When I have time I'll translate it and note the changes that I made.

a sweet oasis of calm in a sea of chaos

They call them muffins, but who are we kidding? These are cupcakes through and through and would be even better with a bit of icing on the top. I'll try that when I have a kitchen again.

In other news, we've been workin' hard all day trying to get everything done by Friday. All the old cabinets are out now and the painting is almost finished, ready for the floor to go in tomorrow. Unfortunately we've been faced with a common problem in German houses and apartments - mold. Ewww. I hate mold. Strong chemicals have been brought into play and I am trying to stay as far away as possible. Now I know why I don't renovate other people's homes for a living.

Mr. M was at the flea market on the weekend and came home with a couple of interesting mats that we used to prevent the stove from getting damaged while we were hitting things with hammers. Boy10 says he wants one of these on the floor of his room when we're finished.

Time to get out of the danger zone and enjoy a muffin and a cup of tea...



At February 06, 2007 3:44 p.m., Blogger Rositta said...

Oh yes, I'm going to make those muffins today, good thing I can still read German, they look yummy...ciao

At February 06, 2007 4:54 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Hi Rositta - Make sure you read the comments under the recipe. In the second batch I added 2 Tbsp of cocoa and more sugar (total about 2/3 c) and they came out better.

At February 06, 2007 5:04 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Ha! I'll wait for your "tuned-up" version of the recipe :)

How's the Uke practice doing? My finger feel.. Well, nothing anymore! *sigh*

At February 06, 2007 5:14 p.m., Anonymous Maribeth said...

Tea. Yes, that's the ticket. I think I'll go make myself a cup now.
Have a good day Mausi!

At February 06, 2007 7:01 p.m., Blogger Maria said...

Those muffins look great! I am going to have to make some soon. Unfortunately I don't have enough Nutella in the house to do it now! I made some awesome Nutella cookies around Christmas time. I had to make several batches because I kept eating them all!

At February 06, 2007 8:29 p.m., Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Can't wait for the muffin recipe so I can make it for my German BIL. He loves Nutella and he can finally get it here in the Indiana. Last year I made him a Nutella cheesecake for his birthday. I'm not a Nutella fan so I didn't taste it, but he raved about it. His birthday is next week, so I think maybe I'll make it for him again. The recipe is here if you'd like to try it: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/recipe_views/views/233810

At February 06, 2007 9:19 p.m., Blogger FinnyKnits said...

Good for you - holding a fist up to the kitchen construction gods and saying, "Excuse me, but it is World Nutella Day and I need to bake!"

Good luck with the kitchen (we just did ours, PAIN!) and the cupcakes look yum. A good way for me to use up some of the SIX pounds I have in the jar.

At February 06, 2007 9:27 p.m., Blogger charlotte said...

World Nutella Day! How cool! And to think I gave my kids "Nutellabrot" for their school snack today. I am going to HAVE to try those muffins. Good luck with the construction and looking forward to the "after" shots.

At February 06, 2007 10:33 p.m., Anonymous That Queer Expatriate said...

Personally, I was wondering if the drill was a necessary tool to make the muffins.

They do look good, but I am awaiting your version.

At February 06, 2007 11:49 p.m., Blogger Mike B said...

Oh yes, I want one of those mats too. My sister one gave me a doormat that said Go Away. It didn't work, but it got laughs until it was stolen.

At February 07, 2007 12:03 a.m., Blogger Dixie said...

When my family was here in June we all ate up that big World Cup jar of Nutella in two weeks. My 14 year old nephew is crazy for Nutella.

It now makes a great jar in which to collect loose change.

At February 07, 2007 9:07 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Whoever would have thought they actually had a World Nutella Day! I guess I was a few days early on my own post. If only I had known. :)

I didn't know it had an expiration date, so what happens after it's expired?? One of my jars is safe (the one I bought when I didn't know we had another one). The other one--the one I'm still eating from--expired in 2005. It doesn't taste or appear to be one iota different...and I'm still alive. So what does THAT mean?

At February 07, 2007 10:38 a.m., Blogger vailian said...

lovely Still Life With Power Drill.Nutella is great, but even after so many years I cannot abide Marmite (or its many imitators)

At February 07, 2007 3:24 p.m., Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

I am very much a Nutella junkie. My breakfast each morning is four pieces of toast with butter and Nutella, plus a cuppa Earl Grey.

My favorite snack of the moment...peanut butter and Nutella sandwiches. It's like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup on bread.

It's amazing that I'm not clinically obese.


At February 07, 2007 3:26 p.m., Blogger Betsy said...

Do you think that Boy10 would share that mat with me when you're done with it?

At February 07, 2007 5:16 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

I thought it would be safe to swing by when your kitchen is being renovated... no delicious food to taunt me. Wrong again! :)

At February 07, 2007 6:56 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Oh my, those sound excellent! That nutella jar is so cool! And yes we don't get nutella because it's too addicting!

And wow - you are rocking in the kitchen...

At February 07, 2007 9:35 p.m., Blogger woman wandering said...

ew, am i the only person in the world who hates nutella???

i bought a pastry thing filled with nutella yesterday in the alsace and had to pretend to like it ... it pained me deeply, as the onion tart smelt so much better.

good luck with the kitchen!!

At February 07, 2007 10:23 p.m., Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Lady Di:

Yes, I believe that you are. :-P

Still love ya, though.


At February 08, 2007 12:21 a.m., Blogger Cathy said...

World Nutella Day!?
So that is what this world has come to!...and that explains my free packet of Nutella in the mail!

At February 08, 2007 1:55 p.m., Anonymous Martina said...


don't you find it interesting that if you give a German woman an American recipe, she'll bake it and then tell you (at least this happens to me 9 times out of 10) "I used much less sugar than it called for and it was still waaay too sweet", and just now I read that you took a German recipe and had to upgrade the amount of sugar called for to make it taste better.

Food for thought :-)

At February 08, 2007 1:57 p.m., Anonymous Martina said...

P.S. @ginnie: I've had expired Nutella where the oil/fat in the Nutella turned rancid - believe me, it was pretty bad!

At February 08, 2007 4:23 p.m., Blogger christina said...

CSwiss - Yep, I'll be posting it today. Haven't had much time for my uke lately but my fingers are STILL numb. I guess they're going to stay that way forever. :-)

maribeth - Thanks! You take it easy with your knee and make someone else bring you that cup of tea.

maria - Well, according to my kids, they're pretty tasty. I saw your cookie recipe - those look really good - something I would eat way too many of.

Thimbleanna - Thanks for the recipe link, that cake does sound like something for special occasions.

finnyknits - Thanks for stopping by! Loved your Nutella post, BTW. Whew, 6 lbs of Nutella is going to make a LOT of cupcakes. The kitchen gods are smiling down on us and we accomplished all we set out to do before the experts arrive tomorrow.

charlotte - You must have known intuitively that it was Nutella Day! After shots will be coming on the weekend.

queer expatriate - I had to use the drill because I couldn't fin my mixer. ;-)

mikeb - Makes you wonder what kind of person would steal a door mat, doesn't it?

Dixie - Wow, two weeks is pretty fast. This jar was sort of hiding in the back of what I called The Kitchen Cabinet of No Return where no one could find anything and we just recently found it again.

Ginnie - I totally forgot about it until a couple of days before but you post was just perfect. I guess, as Martina (comment down below) could go rancid if it wasn't stored properly but I've never had that happen before and wouldn't worry too much about it.

vailian - Power Tool R Us! I haven't eaten Marmite in a long, long time so I can't say if I'd like it now more than I did when I was a kid and my mother used to eat it all the time. I should give it a try. It really is an aquired taste, though.

Sal - Yes, yes, we all know about your penchant for the sweet life and Nutella on toast is the breakfast of champions, right? Luckily you can handle it since you've been blessed with the metabolism of a hummingbird. And that's a compliment. :-)

Oh yeah, a spoonful each of Nutella and peanut butter
is always my Reese's subsitute. No need for the bread.

Betsy - Hmm, I doubt I'd be able to pry it out of his hot little hands. He's into skulls. :-)

angie - As long as the oven is still plugged in, I cook! We've been eating out of microwave for the past couple of days, though, and I want my stove back!

Expat - Yeah, it is pretty addicting, isn't it? The kids just loved that jar so we had to buy it.

woman wandering - Aww, don't worry, a person can't like everything. I don't like big gobs of it myself, especially enclosed in pastry or if it's warm, but I've been know to indulge in a spoonful now and then. But never fear, should you ever come for a visit I'll greet you at the door with a jar of Vegemite for your toast!

Cathy - Wow, you got Nutella in the mail?? Something to take our minds off all the world's ills, eh? :-)

Martina - I haven't had that happen too much, my recipes usually go over pretty well here, but I have heard others talk about it. I thought it was interesting though that many the *German* commenters on the recipe site suggested adding more sugar to the muffins. Germans seem to have a bit of trouble with muffin recipes anyway, and there's a certain ratio of ingredients that needs to be followed to make it taste OK. On the other hand, I've had some sickly sweet German creations from people who claim to know how to bake, so who knows? Just different baking styles, I guess.

At February 08, 2007 6:16 p.m., Blogger Jenne said...

Nutella day! Awesome! I LOOOOOVE Nutella!

At February 09, 2007 12:08 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Jenne - I remember you saying how much you loved it. :-)

At February 09, 2007 3:51 a.m., Blogger amy said...

Just now I said to Dave "Christina made Nutella muffins" and he said "*&!!@ *&?!" And then I said that you had the recipe in German - "more expletives" (in the nicest possible way)... ending in "I need that recipe in English." We will be most patient. :-)

At February 11, 2007 11:41 p.m., Blogger christina said...

amy - Tell Dave the recipe is coming soon! I need to dig my way out of the rubble first.


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