Red corn, blue corn

Our friend Billy Allen, who has an organic farm here in Gainesville, hooked us up with some corn meal. He’s been experimenting with a lot of heirloom seeds, and he gave us some meal he ground from two batches of red and blue corn.  I tried to get a decent photo of the difference in color between the red and blue, but the picture doesn’t pick up the subtleties really well, although you can see a slight difference:

 

Red in front, blue i n back

 

I used a dairy-free recipe, the same one for each batch of red and blue corn muffins. Both turned out very tasty.

 

Red corn muffins

 

 

Same recipe but with blue corn meal

 

The recipe is fairly easy to remember; you mix 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups corn meal, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt. Then you mix 1 1/2 cups almond milk, 1/2 cup honey, 1/2 cup oil, and 2 eggs. Whisk together and put in greased muffin tins and bake for 20 – 24 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven. Stored in a plastic bag on the counter, the muffins  seem to become moister the second day.

Thanks again Billy, for the excellent gift of free food! I enjoy talking to Billy about his experiments with growing different seeds and his results. He always brings up his dad’s goals of being self-reliant and not letting nature’s bounty go to waste.  It’s a life well emulated! Many thanks to him, for letting us partake of some of the fruits of his labors! Also, he is willing to talk to other interested folks, if they will just make an appointment with him to go visit and take a little tour.

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