Adventures in: Christmas Baking

Although I’m not a cleaning freak, when I’m cooking (and especially  for other people), I like to have my kitchen spic and span. I guess this is a case of being totally OCD: Overly Clean Disorder or more widely known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This ‘phenomena’ (as I am generally a messy person), I’d like to attribute to my uncle Keith.

Having cooked for the Regiment and owning his own lunch wagon in Bermuda,  ‘Keith’s Kitchen’,  he is very OCD (1st acronym-don’t want to get myself in trouble here).  After spending a good deal of my childhood around him, well it sort of rubbed off.

In any case, Sunday morning, following my walk, I got right down to it, I was determined to get my batch of cranberry orange muffins perfect and so I started with a ‘clean slate’, even got rid of any movable item on my counter tops, so I had plenty of space in my tiny kitchen. I was going to make these muffins for a hostess gift I needed that night.

Well after my walk, my creative bone was working overtime and so I got the idea. Hey, why don’t I blog about it ?

So I set up the pictures, organized everything just perfect and went through the recipe step by step, careful not to leave any important ingredients out, as tends to happen these days when I’m listening to my quilting podcasts.

So, when the muffins were out of the oven and had cooled off, I (needing a break and something to eat), decided to have a nice cup of tea and try the muffins.  I took a plate up to eat in front of the TV with Yves and took my first bite into beautifully light and fluffy muffin.

Looks Delicious Huh? Cranberry-Orange Muffin
Looks Delicious Huh? Cranberry-Orange Muffin.

When, wham! All of the sudden I was struck by a strong sour taste and a ‘back lashing’ of some disgusting smell/ flavor. The scent was the same as when I was cutting up the cranberries, only then I dismissed it because, they were beautiful looking cranberries and had only a few little bruises. You didn’t use perfectly looking fruit to make jams and chutneys, so why did that matter.

Delicious looking Cranberries.
Delicious looking Cranberries.

Anyway, the reason for today’s ranting is to warn you holiday bakers, should you notice anything suspicious, when you are throwing together any recipes this holiday season then please: TRUST YOUR INSTINCT. I’ve certainly learned my lesson.

And until I’ve done my research on cranberries, I won’t be using ‘fresh’ ones again! Any cranberry experts out there please let me know about tips for picking out the best cranberries!

‘Till next time, I wish y’all Sweet baking!


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  1. Oh lord! You put a smile on my face! The other day I went to make cookies for a PTA function and came out after three batches, with an assortment of medium rare, well done and BURNT cookies. I’m ashamed to say they were pre packaged cookies, and I still messed them up!

    I know nothing about fresh cranberries… Just wanted to leave my love.


    1. Yesterday Jess called in the middle of my Adventures in Shortbread making. Let’s just say it took me a while before I realized I had left out most of the flour. I think that is when I had a laughing fit. This was even after I had prepared myself to prevent myself from making exactly that mistake. Love you Robyn!!!! Thanks for commenting. You’re the best cousin in the world!!


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