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Guest Curator: On Creativity and Savoury Broccoli Cakes

Sep 9, 2010

by Kitchenist

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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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181 comments

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • fleuriste

    fleuriste said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • shoofly

    shoofly said 6 years ago

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

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 6 years ago

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

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

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

  • hildes

    hildes said 6 years ago

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

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 6 years ago

    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...

  • DucksInARowBoutique

    DucksInARowBoutique said 6 years ago

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

  • CatzillaCrafts

    CatzillaCrafts said 6 years ago

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

  • mksupplies

    mksupplies said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • bread

    bread said 6 years ago

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

  • BowWowBeds

    BowWowBeds said 6 years ago

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

  • Retroburgh

    Retroburgh said 6 years ago

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

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 6 years ago

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

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 6 years ago

    very original

  • elinart

    elinart said 6 years ago

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

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 6 years ago

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

  • ZafelDesigns

    ZafelDesigns said 6 years ago

    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.

  • TerrapinKnits

    TerrapinKnits said 6 years ago

    Beautiful photo, but thats a lot of butter!

  • MenuetDesigns

    MenuetDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • opheliasapothecary

    opheliasapothecary said 6 years ago

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

  • IrinaArtSmi

    IrinaArtSmi said 6 years ago

    Wow Wow wow

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 6 years ago

    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.

  • DontStopVintage

    DontStopVintage said 6 years ago

    these look amazing! proof that food is art.

  • agnusdei

    agnusdei said 6 years ago

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

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 6 years ago

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

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

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

  • KnittyVet

    KnittyVet said 6 years ago

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

  • thecottagemarket

    thecottagemarket said 6 years ago

    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!!!!!

  • KnittyVet

    KnittyVet said 6 years ago

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

  • theeye

    theeye said 6 years ago

    what a cool idea!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

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

  • DarkBluebell

    DarkBluebell said 6 years ago

    Great cakes!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 6 years ago

    How cute!!

  • grahamhunter

    grahamhunter said 6 years ago

    definitely going to try the recipe!

  • suzedablooze

    suzedablooze said 6 years ago

    YUM YUM YUM!

  • CherryVanVintage

    CherryVanVintage said 6 years ago

    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

  • AutumnLeavesHome

    AutumnLeavesHome said 6 years ago

    omgosh that recipe looks so good!!!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Oh WOW, it looks very yummy:O)

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne4eyes said 6 years ago

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

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 6 years ago

    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!

  • sparegusink

    sparegusink said 6 years ago

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

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    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!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    Looks delicious THANKS www.jusadreamin.etsy.com

  • rafya

    rafya said 6 years ago

    WOW I am going to bake those muffin , thanks !

  • akcopperraven

    akcopperraven said 6 years ago

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

  • fatfeelings

    fatfeelings said 6 years ago

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

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 6 years ago

    I will try it :) looks great.

  • SewMuchMoreDecor

    SewMuchMoreDecor said 6 years ago

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

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 6 years ago

    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!

  • 3squares

    3squares said 6 years ago

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

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    Mega sonic YUM!!

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 6 years ago

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

  • lovinganvil

    lovinganvil said 6 years ago

    oh man, ...! awesome.

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    This one's delicious in every way.

  • foreverandaday

    foreverandaday said 6 years ago

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

  • vestedbeevintage

    vestedbeevintage said 6 years ago

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

  • TheFigLeaf

    TheFigLeaf said 6 years ago

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

  • RedheadVintageII

    RedheadVintageII said 6 years ago

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

  • lovesmenot

    lovesmenot said 6 years ago

    beautiful little muffins! i cannot wait to try them!

  • StuffByKim

    StuffByKim said 6 years ago

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

  • BeaumontStudio

    BeaumontStudio said 6 years ago

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

  • LittleBeeVintage

    LittleBeeVintage said 6 years ago

    the perfect way to eat your greens, yum!

  • Naturebeads

    Naturebeads said 6 years ago

    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.

  • AnchorKnits

    AnchorKnits said 6 years ago

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

  • AnchorKnits

    AnchorKnits said 6 years ago

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

  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps said 6 years ago

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

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

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

  • excellentgem

    excellentgem said 6 years ago

    wow!it's look very nice.

  • Chandeluse

    Chandeluse said 6 years ago

    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!

  • julieandco

    julieandco said 6 years ago

    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?

  • julieandco

    julieandco said 6 years ago

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

  • sbmathieu

    sbmathieu said 6 years ago

    Those broccoli cakes look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

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

  • RaiseYourFist

    RaiseYourFist said 6 years ago

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

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 6 years ago

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

  • paperbella

    paperbella said 6 years ago

    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.

  • jamary92

    jamary92 said 6 years ago

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

  • jamary92

    jamary92 said 6 years ago

    YUM!!!

  • foodhorrorshow

    foodhorrorshow said 6 years ago

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

  • PUREnaturalMinerals

    PUREnaturalMinerals said 6 years ago

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

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 6 years ago

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

  • aoisart

    aoisart said 6 years ago

    Art in the kitchen, gotta love it!

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 6 years ago

    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! :(

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • saralynnart

    saralynnart said 6 years ago

    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/

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 6 years ago

    OH YUM!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

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

  • laurabo2

    laurabo2 said 6 years ago

    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/

  • abbyberkson

    abbyberkson said 6 years ago

    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!

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 6 years ago

    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!!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

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

  • 7Pilot

    7Pilot said 6 years ago

    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.

  • LaAlicia

    LaAlicia said 6 years ago

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

  • HandKnitHugs

    HandKnitHugs said 6 years ago

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

  • jenny8

    jenny8 said 6 years ago

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

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 6 years ago

    Sweet artwork and vintage kitchen finds!

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 6 years ago

    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!

  • thefamilyjewels3

    thefamilyjewels3 said 6 years ago

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

  • NaturallyHip

    NaturallyHip said 6 years ago

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

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 6 years ago

    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

  • KitschDesigns

    KitschDesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • IndyGrrrlProductions

    IndyGrrrlProductions said 6 years ago

    Yum! I will definitely try this recipe.

  • maclancy

    maclancy said 6 years ago

    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:-)

  • DazzledBeader

    DazzledBeader said 6 years ago

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

  • ARTSbyLYND

    ARTSbyLYND said 6 years ago

    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

  • BaRbaRaGIOrDaNoArt

    BaRbaRaGIOrDaNoArt said 6 years ago

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

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

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

  • piperewan

    piperewan said 6 years ago

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

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 6 years ago

    that made me hungry!

  • Caracarmina

    Caracarmina said 6 years ago

    will try those!!!!!

  • sheilalikestoknit

    sheilalikestoknit said 6 years ago

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

  • coffeesmybag

    coffeesmybag said 6 years ago

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

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden said 6 years ago

    So creative! I feel hungry now!

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 6 years ago

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

  • whimsywhimsical

    whimsywhimsical said 6 years ago

    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!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

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

  • JennysTreasuresForU

    JennysTreasuresForU said 6 years ago

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

  • aynart

    aynart said 6 years ago

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

  • megancutler

    megancutler said 6 years ago

    agreed- art should be in every room!

  • HandmadeByKat

    HandmadeByKat said 6 years ago

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

  • twinkletoes27

    twinkletoes27 said 6 years ago

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

  • leVintageMaison

    leVintageMaison said 6 years ago

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

  • Kitchenist

    Kitchenist said 6 years ago

    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!

  • chariT

    chariT said 6 years ago

    All I can say is wow! lol

  • earlykooka

    earlykooka said 6 years ago

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

  • yogagoat

    yogagoat said 6 years ago

    can't wait to try that recipe!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

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

  • bridesstudio

    bridesstudio said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful artical, Thanks for sharing.

  • silversorbetdesigns

    silversorbetdesigns said 6 years ago

    delicious! :-)

  • StudioLeanne

    StudioLeanne said 6 years ago

    Art is everywhere :)

  • skycouture

    skycouture said 6 years ago

    looks delicious!

  • twistedbeading

    twistedbeading said 6 years ago

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

  • TheSeaBeach

    TheSeaBeach said 6 years ago

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

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 6 years ago

    Looks so delicious!

  • JBWoodDesigns

    JBWoodDesigns said 6 years ago

    Wow! I could lick the monitor!

  • LittleSnowflakes

    LittleSnowflakes said 6 years ago

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

  • paedrin

    paedrin said 6 years ago

    beautiful work,look forward to seeing more xox

  • vbc391

    vbc391 said 6 years ago

    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

  • angeladfischer

    angeladfischer said 6 years ago

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

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 6 years ago

    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!

  • LynnsLittleShop

    LynnsLittleShop said 6 years ago

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

  • dazeychic

    dazeychic said 6 years ago

    omgosh these look so yummo!

  • AHeirloom

    AHeirloom said 6 years ago

    such a cool idea!!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 6 years ago

    Wonderful shops! and those Broccoli cakes look delicious!!

  • debdeanart

    debdeanart said 6 years ago

    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!

  • GiftCreation

    GiftCreation said 6 years ago

    So cool!!Very yammy too:)

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay said 6 years ago

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

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay said 6 years ago

    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

  • PetPile

    PetPile said 6 years ago

    Oh, they look tasty!

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 6 years ago

    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.

  • treeoflifestudio

    treeoflifestudio said 6 years ago

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

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    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.

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness! Those muffins look so incredibly scrumptious!

  • AlyshaCoy

    AlyshaCoy said 6 years ago

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

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 6 years ago

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

  • DesignsofFaithandJoy

    DesignsofFaithandJoy said 6 years ago

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

  • DesignsofFaithandJoy

    DesignsofFaithandJoy said 6 years ago

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

  • basiumcrochet

    basiumcrochet said 6 years ago

    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 :)

  • LoveAtFirstBlush

    LoveAtFirstBlush said 6 years ago

    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

  • seaglassgems4you

    seaglassgems4you said 6 years ago

    Yummy!!!

  • orangeladybird

    orangeladybird said 6 years ago

    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.

  • Altrosa

    Altrosa said 6 years ago

    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...

  • CatherineKoors

    CatherineKoors said 6 years ago

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

  • RawknRollCuisine

    RawknRollCuisine said 6 years ago

    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

  • rachellucie

    rachellucie said 6 years ago

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

  • SaharasSupplies

    SaharasSupplies said 6 years ago

    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

  • smashgirl

    smashgirl said 6 years ago

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

  • minouette

    minouette said 6 years ago

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

  • amy1971

    amy1971 said 5 years ago

    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

  • kagaru

    kagaru said 5 years ago

    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! :)

  • mrspilkington

    mrspilkington said 5 years ago

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

  • YvetteScholtz

    YvetteScholtz said 5 years ago

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

  • AdorableFinds

    AdorableFinds said 5 years ago

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

  • NoviceEnCuisine

    NoviceEnCuisine said 5 years ago

    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

  • SeasonsOfJoy

    SeasonsOfJoy said 5 years ago

    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!

  • sitinuraryani

    sitinuraryani said 5 years ago

    your Broccoli Muffins knocks my shock off :)

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