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Guest Curator: On Creativity and Savoury Broccoli Cakes

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Ele_bio.jpgEle is a 26-year-old fashion industry escapee who is passionate about all things related to design, green issues and food. Originally from Canada, she moved to the UK four years ago and now lives in London where she writes and edits her three blogs. Kitchenist is her personal cooking blog where she shares recipes, Kitchenisms is a design blog covering all things kitchen-related, and Kitchlit is a cookbook review blog. When she’s not blogging, Ele works freelance at everything from food photography and recipe development to graphic design and web editing.

As creative people, we’re constantly searching for people, places and things to inspire us. For me, Etsy is one of the most inspirational places on the web, and I’m always quick to sing its praises when I come across someone who hasn’t yet discovered it (increasingly rare, these days). What I like best about Etsy is that there truly is something for everyone; no matter what your hobby or creative niche may be, you’ll find others here who share your passion. My own story shows that even as your interests change, a community like Etsy can foster creativity and help you along your way.  

I’d been working in the fashion industry for about two years when it started to lose its allure; I began to realise that I was far more interested in what I was cooking for dinner that night or my weekly trip to the farmer’s market than I was in who was on the cover of the latest Vogue (usually just Kate Moss again, anyway). Food rather than fashion became my creative outlet, and with it a whole new set of doors opened.

When I started my design blog Kitchenisms in March 2009, I had a vague idea that I’d occasionally feature some products from Etsy alongside the mainstream brands, kitchen design, and photography I had planned. Little did I know that that occasional post would turn into a weekly feature, and one that I had more fun putting together than almost anything else.  

I knew about Etsy from my days in fashion, when I used to love browsing the handmade jewelry and wildly creative garments on offer. Now that food was my raison d’être, I was drawn to the screen-printed tea towels and vintage Pyrex dishes. It soon became clear that I have three major Achilles’ heels when it comes to Etsy: food-themed artwork, handmade kitchen products, and classic vintage homeware.

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Art is often ignored in the kitchen, which is a shame — why shouldn’t all rooms in the home be equally worthy of adornment? Bridbird’s print of Indian spices graces my own kitchen wall, and never fails to make me smile (or want a curry). Montreal-based shop Atelier Eva Juliet is another favourite of mine, for the fun and feminine work she produces like this Potage aux Carottes. Also shown is the BISCUITS art print by kerrylemon and the Tempest in a Teacup by couragemylove.

 

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I love anything that’s useful, beautiful and one-of-a-kind, and Etsy’s handmade categories are perfect for hunting down the items that deliver on all fronts. I’m obsessed with everything Ninainvorm makes; the way she embellishes vintage crockery with her modern, whimsical illustrations is charming, as shown by this set of plates. With a similar old-meets-new aesthetic, I really like Esther Coombs’s work. If I had a garden, I’d be all over her cute seed markers. Also shown are the pots and pans dish towels by girlscantell and the Pebble Bowl in Blue by kimwestad.

 

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Vintage is probably the most popular tag on my blog, and Etsy’s a huge reason for that. When selling older items, the creativity lies in the selection, styling and photography, so I tend to gravitate toward shops that are beautifully merchandised. Trampoline is a favourite, where you can find this Cast Iron Pop Over Pan, because I feel like each item tells a story. Also shown is Vintage Dansk Kobenstyle Enamel Cookware from blueflowervintage, an Enamel Teapot from claireferrante, and vintage glass canisters from leVintageMaison.

These days, I’m blogging about food and kitchens but pursuing other interests, too. I’ve been learning upholstery and am considering taking some classes to indulge my burgeoning passion for interior design. But wherever my creativity takes me, I know there’ll always be something to pique my interest on Etsy. Who knows — maybe this time next year I’ll be blogging about throw cushions and custom furniture.

Finally, I’d like to share a recipe with you. While savoury broccoli cake might seem bizarre to some, I know that if anyone is going to appreciate this recipe’s quirky character, it’s Etsians. Surprisingly delicious, these mini cakes contain spices, cheese and an individual broccoli floret nestled in each one. Far richer than a muffin, they make great party food, and are also good served as part of a lavish afternoon tea.

Savoury Broccoli Cakes
Makes 12 cakes, adapted from Breakfast, Lunch, Tea by Rose Carrarini
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Equipment
Stand mixer or electric beaters
12-cup muffin tin, greased and floured well (or silicone)

Ingredients
12 trimmed broccoli florets (each one should fit into a muffin cup with room to spare)
275g (1 cup and 2.5 tbsp) butter, softened
50g  (1/4 cup) sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
300g (1 1/4 cup) flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
60g (full 1/4 cup) strong cheddar cheese, grated

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Bring a pot of water to the boil and blanch the broccoli florets for 3 minutes. Rinse well in cold water to stop the cooking, then dry each floret well with paper towels and set aside.
  2. Beat the butter until soft and creamy, then add the sugar and continue beating until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix together the flour, baking powder, turmeric, cayenne and salt, and beat this into the wet ingredients as well. Finally, fold in the grated cheese with a spatula.
  3. Place one heaping tablespoonful of batter in the bottom of each muffin case, then tap the tin against the counter to spread batter out. Stand a single floret in each muffin case, and top with the remaining batter, dividing it evenly between the cases. Spread the batter over the top of each floret roughly, but don’t worry about it looking perfect. 
  4. Bake the cakes for approximately 30 minutes, until golden brown and hard to the touch. While baking, some butter will bubble up around each cake — you can mop this up with paper towels if you like, but don’t worry too much about it. Allow the cakes to cool completely on a wire rack before serving, but do try to eat on the same day.

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  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 says:

    art belongs in every room of the house! I find more and more artists are creative in the kitchen, too! Perhaps if broccoli looks this beautifl, my kids will eat it :)

    3 years ago

  • fleuriste

    fleuriste says:

    How cool! I want to try the broccoli cakes out ASAP. Totally my favorite vegetable. I Love Love Love the tempest in a teacup photo as well :)

    3 years ago

  • shoofly

    shoofly says:

    Those broccoli cakes look awesome! Will have to add them to my to-do list.

    3 years ago

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods says:

    yummy. i love this idea of embedded savory cakes. i'll do a variation of this for the fall and winter season. thanks!

    3 years ago

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques says:

    Love broccoli.. Can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • hildes

    hildes says:

    Wow, broccoli cakes! And I love that tea cup photo :-)

    3 years ago

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign says:

    Ok I'm hungry now. Delectable finds too! One of my favorite works of art in my kitchen is a handwritten recipe my mom wrote out when she was a child...

    3 years ago

  • DucksInARowBoutique

    DucksInARowBoutique says:

    Neat article and great recipe! My husband is going to love it! Can't wait to try it out.

    3 years ago

  • CatzillaCrafts

    CatzillaCrafts says:

    Woah Crazy!! These are so original, I'm excited to make them! Thanks for the recipe =^_^=

    3 years ago

  • mksupplies

    mksupplies says:

    Those plates are awesome- I love how the art works with the already there vintage images. Also-this is such an exciting recipe! I love broccoli, and these are just adorable! I will be trying this out very soon! Thanks for sharing it :)

    3 years ago

  • bread

    bread says:

    Im sending this recipe to my friend Lauren!She would love this recipe(and hopefully make me some this weekend!)thanks!

    3 years ago

  • BowWowBeds

    BowWowBeds says:

    Oh YUM! This would go well with some Great Northern Beans and Ham soup I've been wanting to cook!

    3 years ago

  • Retroburgh

    Retroburgh says:

    I am making this recipe today!! I think my kids might actually eat broccoli if I do. Smart Hostess Approved! :)

    3 years ago

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy says:

    Great recipe - Great way to sneak some veggies to the kids! Going to experiment on my family this weekend!

    3 years ago

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads says:

    very original

    3 years ago

  • elinart

    elinart says:

    Wow! Looks great. I'm definitely going to try the recipe :)

    3 years ago

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon says:

    Great stuff and interesting recipe, I will have to try it some time!

    3 years ago

  • ZafelDesigns

    ZafelDesigns says:

    These look so good, but I think I'm going to try it with a cornbread base. A few of my favorite kitchen blogs: Smitten Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Cannelle et Vanille and Tartelette.

    3 years ago

  • TerrapinKnits

    TerrapinKnits says:

    Beautiful photo, but thats a lot of butter!

    3 years ago

  • MenuetDesigns

    MenuetDesigns says:

    I am going to make this cake for my son today! who eats only two green vegetables, green beans and broccoli. Thanks!!

    3 years ago

  • opheliasapothecary

    opheliasapothecary says:

    i cannot wait to try this recipe! thank you for sharing...blessings, ophelia

    3 years ago

  • IrinaArtSmi

    IrinaArtSmi says:

    Wow Wow wow

    3 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    Those broccoli muffins look so delicious! The pictures on your blog look beautiful - I really like how you have a section on your blog for just Farmer's Markets. We've been getting much of our produce at farmer's markets this summer and everything is so much fresher and tastier than what we get in supermarkets. Our favorite item from the farmer's market this summer is definitely the grapes - much smaller than store brought grapes but also much juicier and flavorful.

    3 years ago

  • DontStopVintage

    DontStopVintage says:

    these look amazing! proof that food is art.

    3 years ago

  • agnusdei

    agnusdei says:

    I bought broccoli recently with no plans. You must have known I needed a neat idea! Hahah. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk says:

    NUMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!! Ok, so now we gotta go bake! LeafandInk

    3 years ago

  • rozzie

    rozzie says:

    O...... that brocolli muffin is making me drool!!! I wish I was good in the kitchen

    3 years ago

  • KnittyVet

    KnittyVet says:

    Oh hooray! Those muffins look like little trees surrounded by pure sunshine!

    3 years ago

  • thecottagemarket

    thecottagemarket says:

    oh ele...these are a feast for the eyes and for the taste bugs! gorgeous and yummy what a great combination! i can't thank you enough for sharing them with us and i just came back from your blog which is absolutely amazing and for sure i have another regular blog to tune into...the fresh pea pancakes look perfect...they will be made tomorrow morning for sure and the touch of lime -- what more can a vegetarian ask for! : ) love your eco ways and anything to safe an animals life in my book rocks! thanks again and i look forward to keeping up with your blog and trying the new things that you create! the etsy finds -- LOVE them all! this article scores and A+ on every level!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • KnittyVet

    KnittyVet says:

    These muffins look like little trees surrounded by sunshine - hooray!

    3 years ago

  • theeye

    theeye says:

    what a cool idea!

    3 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Thanks for the recipe and the article. Both are interesting.

    3 years ago

  • DarkBluebell

    DarkBluebell says:

    Great cakes!

    3 years ago

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume says:

    How cute!!

    3 years ago

  • grahamhunter

    grahamhunter says:

    definitely going to try the recipe!

    3 years ago

  • suzedablooze

    suzedablooze says:

    YUM YUM YUM!

    3 years ago

  • CherryVanVintage

    CherryVanVintage says:

    Art most definitely belongs in every room in the house - how else can you accomodate all that your creative eyes see, touch, and HAVE to HAVE - is being a visual person a curse or a blessing - A BLESSING for sure

    3 years ago

  • AutumnLeavesHome

    AutumnLeavesHome says:

    omgosh that recipe looks so good!!!

    3 years ago

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka says:

    Oh WOW, it looks very yummy:O)

    3 years ago

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne4eyes says:

    Thanks Ele 4 sharing...I'm so hungry now & your muffins foot the bill. They look too pretty to eat but I will.

    3 years ago

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine says:

    Great choices, we've been fans of the ceramics Ninainvorm and Esther Coombs for some time. Brocoli is our favourite vegetable, usually steamed or in stir fries so we are definately going to try this recipe. We've been watching "The Great British Bake-Off" ...such an enjoyable show, my bread making has already improved! And Yes, there should be Art in the Kitchen, some Kitchens are so sterile and boring!

    3 years ago

  • sparegusink

    sparegusink says:

    the recipe looks great and I agree, art should be in every room!

    3 years ago

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha says:

    I think this might be the best Storque posts I've ever seen grouped in one day. I love broccoli and put it in a muffin and I'm a very happy woman.:) Wonderful finds too!

    3 years ago

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin says:

    Looks delicious THANKS www.jusadreamin.etsy.com

    3 years ago

  • rafya

    rafya says:

    WOW I am going to bake those muffin , thanks !

    3 years ago

  • akcopperraven

    akcopperraven says:

    wow...cant wait to try the broccoli cakes...yum !! great article as well

    3 years ago

  • fatfeelings

    fatfeelings says:

    I love the branding idea behind the 3 blogs. Impressive and most of luck with all this!

    3 years ago

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr says:

    I will try it :) looks great.

    3 years ago

  • SewMuchMoreDecor

    SewMuchMoreDecor says:

    oooh I love it, I cant wait to make these for thanksgiving!

    3 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    Oh my gosh these look amazing! It's so great to see someone truly doing what they love for a living, thanks so much for sharing your world with us Ele :) Nice choice of amazing culinary-related Etsy folks too, right on for my friend Sara from girlscantell!

    3 years ago

  • 3squares

    3squares says:

    i cannot WAIT to try these. thank you! now i'm off to check out Ele's blog...

    3 years ago

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts says:

    Mega sonic YUM!!

    3 years ago

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms says:

    Very excited about the broccoli cakes. I think my girls will be delighted :-) Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • lovinganvil

    lovinganvil says:

    oh man, ...! awesome.

    3 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    This one's delicious in every way.

    3 years ago

  • foreverandaday

    foreverandaday says:

    Making those muffins tonight : ) I love the Tempest in a Teacup <3

    3 years ago

  • vestedbeevintage

    vestedbeevintage says:

    I have to try this recipe for my husband. Looks tasty!

    3 years ago

  • TheFigLeaf

    TheFigLeaf says:

    Yum!! This recipe sounds so good! A great way to surprise the kids too!

    3 years ago

  • RedheadVintageII

    RedheadVintageII says:

    Oh my gosh that looks so good! Why did I look while I'm starving? :0

    3 years ago

  • lovesmenot

    lovesmenot says:

    beautiful little muffins! i cannot wait to try them!

    3 years ago

  • StuffByKim

    StuffByKim says:

    Very interesting recipe and I love the blogs I will be a follower for sure.

    3 years ago

  • BeaumontStudio

    BeaumontStudio says:

    haha that's a bit of a sneaky recipe. . . but you gotta get sneaky with kids who don't like broccoli. brava!

    3 years ago

  • LittleBeeVintage

    LittleBeeVintage says:

    the perfect way to eat your greens, yum!

    3 years ago

  • Naturebeads

    Naturebeads says:

    Hey... So funny to see your blog today. I was just preparing dinner and haha!!! I will be able to include these lovely broccoli cakes. Thanks for the recipe.

    3 years ago

  • AnchorKnits

    AnchorKnits says:

    I never thought broccoli could look so....adorable...!

    3 years ago

  • AnchorKnits

    AnchorKnits says:

    I never thought broccoli could look so... adorable..!

    3 years ago

  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps says:

    Good grief! I'm baking those tomorrow :) Love the vintage kitchen wares!

    3 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    i love this article! i love food! i want to make these!!!

    3 years ago

  • excellentgem

    excellentgem says:

    wow!it's look very nice.

    3 years ago

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse says:

    Having dietary restrictions these days, no cheese, no butter, no broccoli??? yes, it's true. and disgusting. I would love these on a normal day though, would you like some whine with your bisquits? I wonder how it would work with cornmeal? Sounds great!

    3 years ago

  • julieandco

    julieandco says:

    I actually had time and ingredients to make these for dinner tonight! They were yummy, but VERY buttery. Whew! Of course, who should complain about too much butter, right?

    3 years ago

  • julieandco

    julieandco says:

    p.s. I am also a huge fan of Kitchenist.....we did a whole week of meals with garbanzo beans from her blog. YUM!

    3 years ago

  • sbmathieu

    sbmathieu says:

    Those broccoli cakes look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    These broccoli cakes look so delicious AND artistic! Thanks for the recipe.

    3 years ago

  • RaiseYourFist

    RaiseYourFist says:

    The broccoli cakes look delicious and have wonderful presentation 'll definitely have to try whipping some up.

    3 years ago

  • ezliving

    ezliving says:

    Yum I love broccoli but I never bake with cake. That look good!

    3 years ago

  • paperbella

    paperbella says:

    It is so refreshing to see a recipe on Etsy. Brocolli cakes ~ how fabulous is that? I've never heard of these before and it sounds like a great way to enjoy them.

    3 years ago

  • jamary92

    jamary92 says:

    love the tempest in the teacup. and the broccoli muffins.. excellent ideas!!

    3 years ago

  • jamary92

    jamary92 says:

    YUM!!!

    3 years ago

  • foodhorrorshow

    foodhorrorshow says:

    Can't wait to make this and eat it! Mwah hahahaha!

    3 years ago

  • PUREnaturalMinerals

    PUREnaturalMinerals says:

    WOW! I love broccoli, I will be trying this recipe out this weekend

    3 years ago

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop says:

    yum!!!! I can't wait for this recipe!!!

    3 years ago

  • aoisart

    aoisart says:

    Art in the kitchen, gotta love it!

    3 years ago

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse says:

    Yummmmmmm. If this is half as delightful on the palate as it is on the eyes, what a find! I really want to try this recipe – and I’m a disaster in the kitchen! :(

    3 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    So scrumptious looking! I've done this with cornbread muffins, too. It's fun to play around with ingredients. Cast iron bakes best, I might add.

    3 years ago

  • saralynnart

    saralynnart says:

    Looks divine, I can't wait to try it! My favorite cooking/baking blog is Hannah Kaminsky's vegan blog, BitterSweet: http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/

    3 years ago

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb says:

    OH YUM!

    3 years ago

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie says:

    Thanks for the great recipe, going to check out your blogs. And I agree that art should be in the kitchen too!

    3 years ago

  • laurabo2

    laurabo2 says:

    I love this idea! You can never have too many creative ways to get your kiddos to eat healthfully! My cooking blog is of course my favorite :) http://culinarycravings.net/

    3 years ago

  • abbyberkson

    abbyberkson says:

    Hooray for art in the kitchen, I could not agree more. As a functional potter and lover of pottery, most of my favorite art lives in my kitchen!

    3 years ago

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads says:

    Love the picks - especially the amber canisters. It's like being in Mom's kitchen. Definitely going to make these muffins this Saturday to go with my veggie chili for my church Autumn Harvest Potluck and Chili Cook-Off. Thanks for sharing it!!

    3 years ago

  • akcArt

    akcArt says:

    Very interesting! I can't imagine the combination of the two......but then there IS that chocolate and peanut butter thing!!!! :D

    3 years ago

  • 7Pilot

    7Pilot says:

    Oh yum, I was going to make a broccoli casserole for dinner and happened to see this post just before prep time. This is one of the tastiest things I've ever made! Try it.

    3 years ago

  • LaAlicia

    LaAlicia says:

    oooh, I can't wait to try those! they're really cute! :)

    3 years ago

  • HandKnitHugs

    HandKnitHugs says:

    I am definitely making some broccoli cakes! great article and blogs, thank you so much for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • jenny8

    jenny8 says:

    That makes broccoli look delicious! Maybe I need to give it a try.

    3 years ago

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire says:

    Sweet artwork and vintage kitchen finds!

    3 years ago

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign says:

    Tempest in a teacup is tempting! Anything regarding tea is for me anyway - I would so put this pic in my kitchen - probably nestled next to my tea shelves... Hmmm... Great article - wishes for continued success - where ever the path may lead Ele!

    3 years ago

  • thefamilyjewels3

    thefamilyjewels3 says:

    These biscuits are crazy great. Can't wait to make them.

    3 years ago

  • NaturallyHip

    NaturallyHip says:

    These broccoli cakes are so adorable and look delicious! Can't wait to try them.

    3 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    This whole blog is so interesting and eye catching and colorful! I have tried so many recipes from Etsy and I am sure to try this one! Thanks

    3 years ago

  • KitschDesigns

    KitschDesigns says:

    OH, those plates with the houses are adorable! The recipe looks fantastic too. Can't wait to try them! Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • IndyGrrrlProductions

    IndyGrrrlProductions says:

    Yum! I will definitely try this recipe.

    3 years ago

  • maclancy

    maclancy says:

    I love the photos and am completely in love with the idea of hiding broccoli in a muffin and giving it to my grandkids! thanks for sharing:-)

    3 years ago

  • DazzledBeader

    DazzledBeader says:

    Beautiful photos. I love you for making healthy broccoli cakes.

    3 years ago

  • ARTSbyLYND

    ARTSbyLYND says:

    I have art on every wall of my kitchen and its not all food art...lol. I love doing food art pieces though and recently did an ART TREASURY on just food :) Hope you will check it out...CAUTION - WILL MAKE YOU HUNGRY! http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c713dca92bb6d91c76f41c4/art-with-taste-literallylol?index=4

    3 years ago

  • BaRbaRaGIOrDaNoArt

    BaRbaRaGIOrDaNoArt says:

    I want to try to the recipe. It looks so yummy and I'm a broccoli fan. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    3 years ago

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie says:

    looks delicious! always looking for new ways to eat healthy & yummy! thanks! XO

    3 years ago

  • piperewan

    piperewan says:

    lovely! i am so going to try these; they look delicious!

    3 years ago

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen says:

    that made me hungry!

    3 years ago

  • Caracarmina

    Caracarmina says:

    will try those!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • sheilalikestoknit

    sheilalikestoknit says:

    Love everything about this blog and the items. Food...one of the great joys of life!

    3 years ago

  • coffeesmybag

    coffeesmybag says:

    oh yum! I'm definitely going to make this recipe!

    3 years ago

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden says:

    So creative! I feel hungry now!

    3 years ago

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove says:

    Broccoli Cakes?? Now that IS creative. This recipe sounds really good too.

    3 years ago

  • whimsywhimsical

    whimsywhimsical says:

    The shot for 'Tempest in a Teacup' is so stunning! The broccoli cake looks beautiful when you cut them into half! There's a tree inside the cake!

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Never thought of broccoli in a muffin. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!!

    3 years ago

  • JennysTreasuresForU

    JennysTreasuresForU says:

    Wow,that looks amazing!I can't eat gluten,but could probably just substitute the wheat flour for a gluten-free mix or something...

    3 years ago

  • aynart

    aynart says:

    Wild! It's the middle of the night and now I want BROCCOLI CAKES!

    3 years ago

  • megancutler

    megancutler says:

    agreed- art should be in every room!

    3 years ago

  • HandmadeByKat

    HandmadeByKat says:

    Love, love, love the photo. And I was so excited to see the recipe. Sounds delicious! Am going to try it...

    3 years ago

  • twinkletoes27

    twinkletoes27 says:

    I can't wait to try the broccoli muffins. Yum!

    3 years ago

  • leVintageMaison

    leVintageMaison says:

    Ele is brilliant! Im so inspired by her life ethos :)

    3 years ago

  • Kitchenist

    Kitchenist says:

    Thanks for all the love and comments everyone! What a great thing to wake up to :) For those who have been commenting on the (huge) amount of butter- I agree! That's why I'm specifically calling these cakes and not muffins, they're definitely an occasional treat. BUT I do think that the same idea would be awesome in a cornmeal muffin, as many of you have commented. It's worth a try, anyway!

    3 years ago

  • chariT

    chariT says:

    All I can say is wow! lol

    3 years ago

  • earlykooka

    earlykooka says:

    ENCHANTED BROCCOLI FOREST, Yum, looking foward to trying very soon. Great article.

    3 years ago

  • yogagoat

    yogagoat says:

    can't wait to try that recipe!

    3 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    inspirational and fun ~ I can't wait to try out this recipe

    3 years ago

  • bridesstudio

    bridesstudio says:

    What a wonderful artical, Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • silversorbetdesigns

    silversorbetdesigns says:

    delicious! :-)

    3 years ago

  • StudioLeanne

    StudioLeanne says:

    Art is everywhere :)

    3 years ago

  • skycouture

    skycouture says:

    looks delicious!

    3 years ago

  • twistedbeading

    twistedbeading says:

    oh my. that is the strangest thing I've seen all week. wow

    3 years ago

  • TheSeaBeach

    TheSeaBeach says:

    lovely blog-the picture of the cakes looks like a painting! yum!

    3 years ago

  • nowonder

    nowonder says:

    Looks so delicious!

    3 years ago

  • JBWoodDesigns

    JBWoodDesigns says:

    Wow! I could lick the monitor!

    3 years ago

  • LittleSnowflakes

    LittleSnowflakes says:

    Interesting combination of textures and flavors. I rarely delve into the "savory" side, but I might be willing to give this one a try. :-)

    3 years ago

  • paedrin

    paedrin says:

    beautiful work,look forward to seeing more xox

    3 years ago

  • vbc391

    vbc391 says:

    I love this! I cannot wait to make these muffins, they look so delicious! I agree that Art should be in the kitchen because to me the kitchen is the heart and center of a home. It shouldn't be left out. Vintage housewares and kitchen items are the best ever. Love this

    3 years ago

  • angeladfischer

    angeladfischer says:

    Holy cow! I'm making those TONIGHT! I have the same downfalls ;)

    3 years ago

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane says:

    You seem like such a happy and satified person....I loved reading your article! Good for you!! Thanks for all of your great picks paired with true enthusiam!

    3 years ago

  • LynnsLittleShop

    LynnsLittleShop says:

    Loved reading about your passion and the broccoli recipe is wonderful. Thank you for posting and have a great weekend!

    3 years ago

  • dazeychic

    dazeychic says:

    omgosh these look so yummo!

    3 years ago

  • AHeirloom

    AHeirloom says:

    such a cool idea!!

    3 years ago

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut says:

    Wonderful shops! and those Broccoli cakes look delicious!!

    3 years ago

  • debdeanart

    debdeanart says:

    I agree...art DOES belong in the kitchen!..from the towels to the placemats to the dishes to the arrangement of the food....it's ALL about presentation...it makes one slow down and savor...thank you for this article AND the recipe!

    3 years ago

  • GiftCreation

    GiftCreation says:

    So cool!!Very yammy too:)

    3 years ago

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay says:

    Love the idea of these broccolli cakes. I am going to try them this weekend.

    3 years ago

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay says:

    I love to experiment with different cooking techniques. I came up with this way of making Tandoori bread at home with help from my mom's techniques. You don't need a tandoor oven to make good tandoori bread. Here is a blog entry. http://creativewithclay.blogspot.com/2010/05/travel-entry-homemade-tandoori.html

    3 years ago

  • PetPile

    PetPile says:

    Oh, they look tasty!

    3 years ago

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin says:

    I love how Etsy is always combining food and art. They go hand in hand -especially when it is all handmade and homegrown with love.

    3 years ago

  • treeoflifestudio

    treeoflifestudio says:

    Every aspect and place in our lives can be a place of beauty. I can't wait to try this recipe.

    3 years ago

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry says:

    The kitchen is one of the places my family spends most of its time, so art is a must. I have to say I didn't think a broccoli cake would be very tasty, but now I MUST try this. I'm always looking for new recipes and this does actually look very good! Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings says:

    Oh my goodness! Those muffins look so incredibly scrumptious!

    3 years ago

  • AlyshaCoy

    AlyshaCoy says:

    I am making the broccoli cakes this weekend! They look so fantastic!

    3 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen says:

    yum those cakes look tasty!!! might try brussel sprouts in them too!!

    3 years ago

  • DesignsofFaithandJoy

    DesignsofFaithandJoy says:

    How pretty, fun and tasty looking. Very creative too Will make them soon cangt wait to hear peoples reponses.

    3 years ago

  • DesignsofFaithandJoy

    DesignsofFaithandJoy says:

    How pretty, fun, creative and tasty looking. Can't wait to hear company's response

    3 years ago

  • basiumcrochet

    basiumcrochet says:

    When I was little, my mother talked me into eating (and liking!) broccoli by telling me that they are little trees. The picture at the top of this entry took me right back to family dinners when I was a kid, eating "little trees," something I hadn't though about for a long time Thank you for this recipe, I'm definitely going to bake up a batch :)

    3 years ago

  • LoveAtFirstBlush

    LoveAtFirstBlush says:

    I was first intrigued by those broccoli cake photos and once I clicked on the link I saw your photo and I said to myself "I know her!" Ele, congrats on this feature! Your blog is completely gorgeous and that recipe sounds so delicious. I am so happy you are doing well and using your creativity in so many other ways, post-Ryerson. Sabrina

    3 years ago

  • seaglassgems4you

    seaglassgems4you says:

    Yummy!!!

    3 years ago

  • orangeladybird

    orangeladybird says:

    i love to consume beauty! the broccoli muffins are gorgeous. i love how you use your creativity and sense of aesthetic to create art in the most everyday of needs. absolutely beautiful.

    3 years ago

  • Altrosa

    Altrosa says:

    I just copied in the recipe with brokkoli in a NEW folder called food on my computer. Brokkoli is so healthy but I always find it difficult to eat for other than its health value. This looks like something I should try. And, especially as I have managed to get the cooking mainly done by my husband (thank you so much Oliver..) this recipe was really successful in making me reconsider starting a recipe book with things I might be able to make...

    3 years ago

  • CatherineKoors

    CatherineKoors says:

    NEVER in my life would I have thought to make something like the broccoli cupcakes. I love the creativeness of people!

    3 years ago

  • RawknRollCuisine

    RawknRollCuisine says:

    I LOVE these! So creative and fresh! The cross-section of the broccoli within the cupcake is just to-die for. Commendations! Jewell Rawk-n-Roll Cuisine

    3 years ago

  • rachellucie

    rachellucie says:

    just found this recipe, I've tweeted it and am definitely going to try it! thanks :)

    3 years ago

  • SaharasSupplies

    SaharasSupplies says:

    I have a great Chicken Chipotle Burger recipe that I made myself. It's on my spice blog: http://spiceshoppe.blogspot.com/ through my spice shoppe: www.spiceshoppe.etsy.com

    3 years ago

  • smashgirl

    smashgirl says:

    I just discovered the International blogs! I love all of these picks, and my favorite are the upcycled seed markers from EstherCoombs!

    3 years ago

  • minouette

    minouette says:

    I've never met anyone other than me named Ele. Nice to meet you. I like that our name is a palindrome. :)

    3 years ago

  • amy1971

    amy1971 says:

    Just made these and they are lovely and yummy. Thanks for sharing!! http://themayorofstanleytown.tumblr.com/post/1263284741/yummy-savory-i-refuse-to-spell-it-with-a-u

    3 years ago

  • kagaru

    kagaru says:

    Baked these last night and they came out PERFECT! Thanks for the pictures, they helped A LOT! Still have a few leftover for lunch today! :)

    3 years ago

  • mrspilkington

    mrspilkington says:

    i just worked out a recipe for apple-broccoli muffins -- will have to give this a try!

    3 years ago

  • YvetteScholtz

    YvetteScholtz says:

    These are brilliant for my boys, and convenient! Best discovery since the hairdryer!

    3 years ago

  • AdorableFinds

    AdorableFinds says:

    Such amazing shops! I especially love the T-rex push toy, too adorable for words! x)

    3 years ago

  • NoviceEnCuisine

    NoviceEnCuisine says:

    Hello everyone, Great idea, but I tested without sugar and I replaced the cheddar cheese by another ... recipe adapted for a French aperitif! http://blog-d-emilie.blogspot.com/2010/10/muffins-surprise-aux-brocolis.html Emilie

    3 years ago

  • SeasonsOfJoy

    SeasonsOfJoy says:

    OMG, I just spent major time on your blogs,Ele, and I am hooked! Delish, gorgeous, fun! Thanks for making my day! What a find!

    3 years ago

  • sitinuraryani

    sitinuraryani says:

    your Broccoli Muffins knocks my shock off :)

    3 years ago