December is a hectic month. Socializing, vacation plans, festive madness all around. More so for me as it was my son’s 3rd birthday on 4 December and I took on myself what only a few crazy (foodblogger) moms would – ie. Catering to a small crowd of some 18 kids and 2 dozen adults all by myself (a couple of things ordered from outside though, including the cake) and also hand making all the decorations and buntings.
A N got the most amazing cookies to the party which had the kids all quiet and focussed on eating. They were called World Peace cookies by Dorie Greenspan for a reason, but given that we had kids from a few different countries from around the world, it was almost like the World Peace cookies were being served to a mini UN delegation (which is what our friend Vinod remarked). Since I went through quite some dilemma on what to serve in a kiddie’s birthday party with adults, I’m sharing the menu with you, in case any of you plan to do the same, it can give you an idea.
Banana- Blueberry Bread
World Peace Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tomato Cheese Spread Sandwiches
Jelly Boats (Tarla Dalal’s recipe)
Kokum Sherbet in recycled Olive / Jalapeño bottles
For Moms Dads
Kokum sherbet with mint sprigs
Masala Chai (was perfect for the outdoors on a cold winter afternoon)
Peanut Butter Brownies (Rachel Allen’s recipe)
Hummus with Cucumber Sticks
Kachori with sweet chutney
Everyone, including me had loads of fun and the food was well liked by everyone. The rosemary shortbread was the star for me. What an amazing discovery from the NYTimes website! I have made another batch within a week and nearly everyone whom I’ve shared it with is in love with this buttery-melt in your mouth-dainty smelling cookie. Because I am a good girl and I believe in sharing, here is the recipe link for you. Remember me for good karma when people want to kiss your fingers after eating this.
Another fun thing that happened this week and it was to get featured in Bangalore TimeOut, complete with a picture of me in my cluttered not so spic-n-span kitchen. But that’s how busy kitchens look like, right? Right! If you subscribe to Bangalore Time Out, check out Page 62.
Back to the subject of this post, these jam filled muffins are a wonderful treat for your kids. Imagine the surprise in their eyes when they break open a plain boring-looking muffin to find their favourite jam oozing out, like a cute Jack in the Box
Not just kids, I’m sure adults will love it too. Especially if you fill a little adult something inside, like Orange Marmalade or Vodka-infused Jam (Ideas credit : Monika, Sin-a-mon)
I made these in 30 minutes to surprise a friend on her birthday. So it’s something you can rustle up in a jiffy even when your kid brings his/her friends home without a notice 😉 The muffins were soft and mildly sweet to contrast the sweet jammy filling inside. And a little dusting of icing sugar makes everything look pretty
Jammy muffin with little extra bit of bitter marmalade for me
Jam Filled Muffins
Adapted from Muffin Bible
Makes 12 regular sized muffins or
24 mini muffins