This post is one big thank you to my dear friend MJ!
What for, you ask?
She was the one who got me blogging. She introduced me to the site “Tastespotting” – a real smörgåsbord of food blogs. And reading blogs inspired me to start my own.
Blogging made me discover that my passion for food is broader than just cooking. At some point I realized that I was really having fun styling food pictures and now I am learning that I might actually get pleasure from writing as well (“might” as sometimes stringing together words seems the hardest thing J ). Such a fabulous journey, so many hours spent doing something I enjoy.
….and she is the one who triggered this.
What is the occasion, you ask?
This week, for the first time, Tastespotting published a picture of mine. The result: 258 views in one day (and 200 the next). I was totally caught off guard. (Exactly as I was the first time somebody, who was not a friend, “liked” one of my posts.)
When I started this blog I had no clear goal in mind; one day I just found myself posting. The blog was about keeping a food dairy and about sharing my discoveries with friends; I never thought about any other visitors. By now I have made some lovely blogging friends and I have actually had responses from total strangers that have cooked recipes I shared (Can you imagine someone in Australia actually cooked my mum’s Ethiopian Lamb Stew?!).
What recipe could be good enough for the occasion, you ask?
How about one more thing that I am thankful for: the recipe for those amazing muffins that MJ baked when I last visited her in Finland.
Just imagine: you are a house guest. You get to sleep in, but then the sweet scent of baking lures you out of bed and to the breakfast table where you are greeted with a tray full of fresh, golden muffins. And there you are, sitting at a kitchen table in sunny Finland digging into freshly baked muffins.
I’ve made these muffins several times since – gently sweet and brimming with goodness. They are just as fabulous with a quiet cup of afternoon tea as they are with a strong cup of morning coffee.
(slightly altered from ‘BBC Good Food‘)
12 muffins (around 180 kcal each)
1 ripe banana
2 large eggs
150ml low-fat yogurt (I use Total % Greek Yoghurt)
50ml canola oil (DE: Rapsoel, NL: Koolzaadolie ) alternatively you could use sunflower oil
100g apple sauce or puréed apples (I use my simple freezer apple sauce for this -about 1/2 apple)
4 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g spelt flour (the original recipe uses wholemeal)
50g rolled oats, plus extra for sprinkling
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking of soda (NL: zuiveringszout, dubbelkoolzure soda, natriumbicarbonaat, DE: Natron)
1½ tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
100g (frozen) blueberries (or use raspberries as my friend MJ did)
2 tbsp mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower and flaxseed)
- Heat oven to 175C.
- Line a 12-hole muffin tray with cup cake liners.
- In a bowl mush the banana with a fork.
- Heat oven to (180C) 160C fan/gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with 12 large muffin cases.
- Mush the banana with the fork.
- Whisk in the eggs.
- Then add the yoghurt, oil, apple sauce, honey and vanilla. Mix well.
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and bring together quickly, but do not overwork.
- Fold in the (frozen) blueberries.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin.
- Sprinkle with the extra oat flakes and seeds.
- Bake for 25-30min until they are golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little.
- They taste fabulous hot or cold (the next day)