Monthly Archives: December 2011

Grape Muffins

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We had a joyful sunny weekend (except for the EQ scare on Saturday)  and we happily assumed that spring is finally over..Summer’s finally here !!! Yipeeeee….time to pull out shorts and flip flops…jackets and thermals go to the back of the closet 🙂  Sadly that was presumptuous of us…. The weather has been really gloomy for the past 4 days  😦

I skipped my reading  cos I was not very happy with my selection of  books this week. I tried reading one of the 3 novels I got from the library and it almost put me to sleep (for the first time in years) 😀  And with such boring weather, I had nothing great to do- so I decided to bake myself some muffins.

This was the first time I was trying my hand at it and wanted to try something easy. Plus I wanted to use the grapes that had been lying untouched in my fridge for almost a week.

This is How I made it:

Source –Food.com

Makes – 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs  – well beaten
  • 1/2 cup  melted butter ( you can use margarine too)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups red seedless grapes , cut into pieces
  • A dash of cinnamon

Direction:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F / 190° C and line the muffins tray with paper cups.

2. Combine flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Keep it aside.

3. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the vanilla and eggs and combine well.

4. Next add the milk and mix well.

5. Add the dry ingredients (Flour+baking powder+cinnamon) to the mixture and stir until the ingredients are combined.

6. Lightly fold in grapes.

7.  Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown on top

8. Cool in pan.

Muffins and a hot cup of tea certainly make up for the gloomy Wellington weather!!

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Garden Spells

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I just finished reading a book called ‘Garden Spells‘ by Sarah Addison Allen. I picked up the book from the library only because it said ‘Adored Chocolat? Be enchanted by Garden Spells’. I loved ‘The Lollipop Shoes‘ and ‘Chocolat‘ by Joanne Harris and have a soft spot for books with food and folklore/magic. I have grown up reading Enid Blyton and ‘The Enchanted Wood’ is my all time favourite book. I am a grown up but in my soul, I am still that small child who believes in magic, miracles et al.

An excerpt from the book –

‘Business was doing well, because all the locals knew that dishes made from the flowers that grew around the apple tree in the Waverley garden could affect the eater in curious ways.The biscuits with lilac jelly the Ladies Aid ordered for their meetings once a month gave them the ability to keep secrets. The fried dandelion buds over marigold-peta rice, stuffed pumpkin blossoms, and rose-hip soup ensured your company would notice only the beauty of your home and never the flaws. Anise hyssop honey butter on toast, angelica candy and cupcakes with crystallised pansies made children thoughtful……………and the salads made with chicory and mint had you believing that something good was about to happen, whether it was true or not’.

The narration is easy on the head but is predictable. The book is all about love, magical food, delightful romance with  good men and villains  straight out of the never-never world. I love happy endings and YES this book has one.

The best part about the book for me was the description of the food, which made me crave for all the magical food (wishful thinking that such food existed) and eat more cupcakes/muffins and candies…..just the way I gorged on chocolates while  reading ‘Chocolat’ and ‘The Lollipop Shoes’.

Well…we may not have the magic ingredients to cook up that extra special meal.. but we do have love – which is sort of magic right??? 😀