cooking from scratchI have learned since living on the foreign field, where boxed mixes, and instant meals are not available, that cooking is an adventure.

I have been amazed at the number of things one can cook from scratch. Things I had naively believed were only possible with the instant boxes I would buy back home.

Sure these instant and quick box dinners help. They allow you to cook your mean more quickly. Yet, they aren’t better, in fact. I have found that cooking from scratch is much better.

I’ve learned that if you have flour, sugar, eggs,baking powder and oil… you can make a whole lot of things (with added variations).

Thankfully where we live the internet access is readily available. This has helped tremendously with finding scratch recipes. But there have been days when the electricity and internet have not worked. And on such days, I’ve  realized how important it is to have such recipes written down.

Today, I want to share with two of my quick and easy scratch recipes. And I hope you will likewise respond with your own from scratch recipes!

When we lived in Korea, we could always find apples, almost year round. I learned that with apples and the previously stated staple ingredients, you can make apple cake, apple muffins, fried apples, apple pie, apple coffee cake etc.

One of my favorite apple recipes is my apple cinnamon muffins.

You  will need:

  1. 1 1/2 cups flour
  2. 3/4 cups sugar
  3. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1 Tbs. cinnamon
  5. 1/2 cup milk
  6. 1/3 cup melted butter
  7. 1 egg
  8. 1 cup chopped apples
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter , softened

Heat oven to 375°F. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in medium bowl. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir just until flour is moistened. Spoon batter into muffin pans. For crumble topping, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter until crumbly. Spoon over muffins. Bake 18-23 minutes

A second quick and easy go to recipe I got from a dear friend, is chocolate chip squares. This is simple to stir together and even yummier to eat.

You will need:

  1. 2 1/4 cup flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 cup butter
  5. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  6. 3/4 cup white sugar
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 cup or more of chocolate chips

Stir together flour, soda, and salt. Melt butter, cream together butter with sugars, vanilla, and eggs. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into 9×13 pan and bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes. Don’t overcook or they will be hard.

I look forward to hearing your creative from scratch recipes!

Blessings from Nepal