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Caitlin M.

Caitlin M.
Home Town: Libertyville, Illinois, USA
Living In: Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
Member Since: Jun. 2006
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Dessert
Hobbies: Sewing, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music
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About this Cook
I just moved to New Zealand in October of 2010 and am now a housewife. At first, my favorite recipes from the USA didn't translate very well, but I am getting better and finding new recipes.
My favorite things to cook
Roast chicken, slow cooker meats/stews
My cooking triumphs
Once I made Apple Cider Panna Cotta for my family's Thanksgiving. It was a huge hit and they looked very elegant.
My cooking tragedies
After moving to New Zealand, I was making a banana bread to bring to a friend's house, where I was to have dinner. The ovens are weird here, and I failed to realize the oven was set to "grill", and halfway through the baking time, I smelled burning: The top of the loaf was black and the rest of the loaf was uncooked!!! I felt to upset over the incident and how everything I was cooking or baking in New Zealand failed, and I cried. My poor husband tried to make me feel better, so we ended up throwing the loaf of burnt bread as hard as we could of of our back deck. There is something so cathartic about chucking food!
Recipe Reviews 10 reviews
Classic Whole Wheat Bread
This bread is so good! I normally manage to mess up every loaf of bread I make, but this recipe turned out great. My husband is a brewer, so I added 1/4 cup of the spent grains from a recent brew, and then added a little more flour to make up for the added moisture. I didn't have a bread pan so I just formed one large blob, but it still worked out well. I think this recipe is very adaptable and flexible. This bread is delicious! Next time, I will make multiple loaves. And Maybe let it rise a little bit longer, as I was a bit impatient this time! :)

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Reviewed On: Jun. 5, 2014
All Day Apple Butter
So easy and delicious! It's hard to find apple butter in NZ but tankfull now that I have this recipe, I always have some on hand.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 10, 2013
Apple Strudel Muffins
These muffins are superb on their own, but I've tweaked the recipe a bit. For a little extra nutrients, I substitute 1/2 cup of the white flour for 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour, and then I also about a 1/4 cup of ground Linseed, Sunflower and Almond. To counteract the dryness of the batter, I then add a splash of milk until the consistency is right for muffins. They turn out so nice that way.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 10, 2013

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