Baking Mondays

My roommate Nicole and I decided to begin a tradition at work called ‘Baking Mondays’.  The idea to bake for work was first inspired by the snow day we had last week, however, we quickly realized we were missing a few key ingredients, notably vanilla (and everyone knows the secret to good baking is vanilla).  We decided to postpone baking to the next evening, Thursday and start Baking Fridays.

The fact that I was very, very tired on Thursday night, and the fact that we had plans to see Invictus (which you should most definitely watch: Nelson Mandela, rugby guys with South African accents, and a really great poem by WIlliam Ernest Henley that you should also read) and the fact that everyone loves Fridays, even without baking, we decided to postpone our baking plans one more day… leading to Baking Mondays.

As such, I’ve decided to post our recipes each week.  You can have your own Baking Mondays, and be just that much closer to the charmed life that is Iqaluit.  I’ll even include some suggestions for ways you could improve it so its even better than ours. I do guarantee that you can afford to bake it, given that we can and things here are expensive. For example, baking powder was $8.  But the cheer that comes with Sweet Potato Zucchini Muffins and Baking Mondays is priceless.

This was adapted from Joy the Baker, who first posted the recipe in 2008.  She adapted it from somewhere else first.

Sweet Potato Zucchini Muffins


1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cinammon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups oil  (You can do with a bit less, try 2/3 cups. These are super moist as is!)
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 cups grated zucchini
1.3 cups peeled and grated sweet potato
3/4 cups walnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds


Butter and flour muffin pans.
Sift the first 7 ingredients into a medium sized bowl.
In a separate bowl, beat sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla.  Add zucchini and sweet potato.
Fold in the nuts, raisins and pumpkin seeds.
Pour into muffin tins.
Bake, at 350 for 35-40 minutes.

Enjoy! They are especially delicious with peanut butter. Or cashew butter, as Nicole says. Happy Baking Monday!


One thought on “Baking Mondays

  1. Three cheers for the HALIFAX Chronicle Herald!!!
    Seriously, I’m impressed by your insight – would that the Globe had the same….Those living conditions, especially in extreme cold, sound pretty horrendous. And yes, that is home for these people. This is a lesson in trying to walk in another’s shoes and not judging.

    I am still wondering how to read others’ comments?????

    LOve, Nana

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