i thought i'd wake up this morning and ease into a relaxing day of inauguration watching. i didn't think the festivities would begin until noontime, so imagine my surprise when by 11am all the guests have arrived and madame vice president-elect kamala harris and president-elect joe biden showed up. i stopped what i was doing (about to take a shower) and watched the inauguration coverage.
seeing biden become the new president seems almost anti-climatic. even though trump is no longer in the white house, the radicalization he created still exists, and he left biden with yet another problem on his plate. nevertheless, it's nice to have someone competent in the executive branch for a change, almost forgot what that felt like. a president who's actually boring and not one where i have to worry about the next outrageous thing he might say or do. an adult in the white house if you will.
|cake flour jumbo|
1 stick salted butter, thawed
3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups flour
4 tbsp corn starch
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup half and half
2 cups frozen blueberries
|thaw butter overnight. cream butter & sugar; add eggs, vanilla, juice; mix dry ingredients into batter 1/3 at a time, adding some half and half in between. mix in blueberries. spoon into jumbo muffin pan. top with sparkling sugar. bake at 425°F 10 min. 375°F 30 mins. + additional 10 minutes|
in the early afternoon i started making a half dozen blueberry muffins because i wanted to use up the frozen blueberries in the freezer. i already thawed a stick of butter on the countertop overnight.
one troubling thing i discovered was some moth silk in my flour. how the hell did they get in there? even though i had my flour in an enclosed container. seems like if there even the slightly gap, a pantry moth will get in somehow. ever since i put out the moth traps, i haven't seen moths in a few months now, and i think they're finally gone.
while the muffins were baking, i ate some leftover roasted potatoes for lunch. these were still good eating, drenched in bacon fat, i dipped them in some ketchup. i also went outside briefly to tag a pokestop. it was actually snowing a little bit, small granules of snow clumps falling from the sky.
maybe i don't use enough batter but i've never had muffins overflow the muffin tin so they form that classic "mushroom" muffin top. all the muffins i've ever made have been more ball-shaped. maybe it's also because i've never successfully creamed my butter and sugar. these muffins were okay, but i really should've used fresh ingredients if i want the best tasting muffins. the last time i made blueberry muffins was almost exactly a year ago, and the frozen blueberries in my freezer were probably just as old, not to mention the flour. my butter also wasn't the best, they'd absorbed from fridge odor from age.
when evening came i had some leftover century egg and pork congee. it tasted amazing last night, but maybe because i was really hungry; eating the leftover, they weren't as good as i remembered, and by the time i finished i felt a little nauseous because of the lingering taste of century eggs. maybe i won't make this for my parents this weekend after all.