Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Blueberry muffins

For a co-worker's birthday, I made the Cook's Illustrated blueberry muffin recipe. The muffins looked beautiful and were very good, though still not quite as good as a great bakery muffin. The batter was a little less sweet than I'm used to, and the texture a bit more fluffy/creamy. I also made a note to add a few more blueberries next time--maybe a full pint instead of 1.5 cups. Still, they were quite good for homemade, and they were a big hit at the office.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Botan Rice Candy

I first discovered Botan Rice Candy at Epcot Center as a kid. I then didn't see it again for years, until I came across it in an Asian grocery store in Cambridge. I've since seen it off and on, and I usually buy a pack or two when I do see it, as I did at World Market in Evanston during my recent trip to Chicago.

Botan Rice Candy is a Japanese candy with a soft, chewy texture similar to that of kids' bubble gums like Bubbalicious or Hubba Bubba. Except, of course, it's not gum, so it melts in your mouth after a few chews. The flavor is citrusy and sweet, though not excessively. It also has the added fun of a rice paper wrapper that looks like plastic or cellophane but dissolves quickly in your mouth. (Note: This is inside the actual plastic wrapper on each piece.) And, it comes with a free children's sticker. Who could ask for more?