Holy poop are we actually in our last week of school this year!?!!! Will we actually be donning our white coats and traipsing through the hallways of the hospital in a month, one step closer to being actual doctors!? The answer is excitedly yes. Yes on so many levels, I'm so pumped to start rotations.
So this week's been a lot of studying (surprise!) But after our pharm exam Monday, I took a break from all the drugs and focused on these corn muffins. Corn muffins with sass - these are loaded with habanero jack cheese to give you some heat, and then we added grape jam to make an overall salty-sweet combo that just worked. I love corn muffins because they are a little crumbly and not as fluffy as cupcakes, and these were no exception. They were wonderful warmed up, letting the jam get a little melty so you get a crumbly savory piece of corn muffin and then a burst of sweet gooey grape jam that complements the spiciness.
And the best part was that I didn't make these alone! Lauren and I met in our Clinical Problem Solving class our very first semester. We had a coffee date at Starbucks one night and the coffee tradition continues today - even with our busy schedules we try and schedule a coffee date just to catch up and enjoy each others' company. In fact, this baking session was originally a coffee date, but then I remembered I have this little blog here and it's been forever since I've done a medfeature. It was only appropriate to ask her to join me in the kitchen.
We had a great time seeing if this seemingly crazy combination would work out, and we even improvised a little with the recipe since it seemed too soupy to begin with. Lauren will probably tell you if you meet her that she's a terrible baker, but this is a lie. Girl can bake.
An interview with Lauren:
Where are you from, and where did you go to undergrad?
I'm from Columbus, IN and did my undergrad at Purdue University.
And what do you think is the best thing about medical school?
I guess the people? I don't really know. Yeah, the people. For the most part they're just as weird as me.
What is the worst part?
I guess, like I don't really get stressed out but seeing everyone stress out. I consider being stressed as a huge waste of my time, because I can fix the problem and not be stressed out anymore, rather than get upset.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy exercising, hanging out with my friends, drinking - but I haven't done that in a while. And obviously baking with Erica.
What kind of exercise?
I'm actually training for a triathlon in August. It's in Indy! I want to do another mud race if you guys (me + Cassie) want to do it with me. I also really want to do a Nike women's marathon. You get a Tiffany necklace at the end handed by a really hot guy of your choice.
I also have a bucket list! On my bucket list I have "pee in all 5 oceans." There are a lot of weird things on that one. I've never flown a kite either and I want to do that.
... By the way if you're wondering, I only have 2 out of the 5 - the Atlantic and the Pacific.
If you could go to one place in the world, where would it be?
I think I'd want to go to Slovenia, they're supposed to have the most beautiful scenery in the world. Plus I have friends there!
What is your favorite restaurant in Indy?
Well I used to really like Zest in Broad Ripple, but they just closed it :( Hopefully I'll find a new place!
And last, what is your favorite dessert?
Chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing - I don't know, I've liked that since I was a little kid. And the funny thing is, it's not the same if it's a cake.
Lauren it was such a blast baking with you this week - you are fun and full of life and I always have a smile on my face when we get to hang out! The recipe for the corn muffins is below.
(P.S. If you're interested in doing a medfeature like this one with me, don't hesitate to email me! I'd absolutely love to take a break and hang out)
Grape jam habanero jack corn muffins
1 3/4 cups finely ground yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk
1 cup habanero jack shredded cheese
Concord grape jam
Preheat oven to 400 F. Line 2 muffin tins (24 muffins total).
In a large mixing bowl, mix the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
Add the eggs and milk and mix until well incorporated.
Add the cheese and mix until well incorporated.
Spoon the batter into 2 muffin tins, about 3/4 of the way full.
To each tin, add a spoonful of grape jam in the center.
Bake for 35 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins are firm and the edges of the muffin are become golden.
Let cool for 5 minutes, then put the muffins onto a cooling rack. I personally like to eat these while they're slightly warm, so dig in once you think the jam is cool enough!