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Tasty Tuesday - St. Luke's Day

Today I thought I would share a bit of foodish lore with you. I guess that is the way to describe it....

You see, today is St. Luke's Day when, tradition has it, young women and girls will gain some insight into their future marriage partners. And we know how important that is, because what *else* is a girl to do with her life? (How about vote - today is also Persons Day in Canada, commemorating the day 82 years ago when we were made persons under the law following the Persons Case lawsuit in Manitoba)...

Anyhoo.... yes, St. Luke's Day. 

Hmmm, what does this have to do with food?

Well, dear friends, the catch is this - in order for the young lady's marriage prospects to be revealed in a dream, she would not only have to recite a rhyme (St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me/In my dreams let me my true love see) at bedtime; she would also have to cover her face with a mixture of spices, honey and vinegar! 

Call me crazy, but I think some spicy baked goods would work better ....

And if you are so inclined, here's a recipe to try ;-) 

Spiced Apple Crumb Muffins (from ivillage)

Ingredients for crumb topping
1/4 cup white spelt flour 1/4 cup whole spelt flour
1/4 cup whole rolled oats (not instant and not steel-cut) 1/4 cup unrefined dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon Pinch sea salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon soy milk

Ingredients for muffins
1 tablespoon cornstarch 1 cup finely diced peeled apple (about 2 small apples)
1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus 2 tablespoons for greasing pan 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons real Vermont maple syrup
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons soy milk 1 cup whole spelt flour
1 cup white spelt flour 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup lightly toasted walnuts, roughly chopped

  • Prep: 15 min Total: 45 min
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with papers or oil it with two tablespoons of the vegetable oil. For the crumb topping, combine all the dry ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Add the vegetable oil and soy milk and rub everything together with your fingers—the mixture should be pebbly. Set the mixture aside.
  • For the muffins, in a small bowl, toss the cornstarch with the apples. In another large bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of the vegetable oil and all of the syrup and soy milk. Sift in the remaining ingredients (except for the walnuts) and fold in the apples and walnuts.
  • Evenly distribute the batter in the muffin cups and bake for 25–30 minutes, or until a toothpick tests clean.
source: iVillage

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