Saturday, June 27, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
i love them! they take me back to the heady days of bucket chemistry before the rigorous precision of a-level or restrictive safety policies: we had great fun throwing a load of chemicals together and seeing what would happen (sometimes with disastrous, though thankfully never fatal, results.) muffin making feels that liberating-this is what happened...
few handfuls of raspberries
mash the bananas
pour the oil into a jug and beat in the egg
put flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder into a bowl and then mix in the oil/egg and the bananas
add the raspberries
spoon into cases and cook for 20 minutes
they worked beautifully and were made mostly by esme and elsie who were thrilled by the lack of instructions limited only to the mantra that 'lumpy is good'
so, to muffins with no bananas. my thinking was that the banana might need to be replaced with something to help keep the muffins moist. i used the recipe above with no bananas and a good dollop of greek yogurt and threw in some white and dark chocolate callets. they worked! succulent, tasty and risen to perfection. i had taken my first small muffin step away from nigella and into my own kitchen of creativity...last night i invented the lemon zest and honey muffins. i discarded the recipe and roughly estimated the same ingredients as my original banana and raspberry muffin minus the bananas and raspberries. i added a dollop of creme fraiche (because it's what was in the fridge), a large spoon of honey, zest of one un-waxed lemon and the juice of half a lemon squeezed. I then sprinkled lemon zest and brown sugar on the top.
i held my breath as the lumpy mixture entered the oven...and about 20 minutes later -perfection! is this now my own recipe? have i let go of nigella's comfortingly warm and reassuring hand and started on a journey of my own?
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
the friend was me and this week i found myself back in a classroom again, not as a drama teacher but an entrepreneur. i was nervous and slightly worried about how i would keep their attention but minutes into the lesson, i realised it was going to be fun!
they were full of questions and enthusiasm. their own product ideas were great and they were eager to learn sales and marketing techniques in order to make the most of enterprise day.
best of all, despite a sample of strawberry flavoured white chocolate, the consensus in the class was that sea salt was our ultimate chocolate, closely followed by lime and black pepper.... hooray for the next adventurous generation of chocolate consumers!!!