Bake With Me: Blueberry & Choc Chip Muffins

Blueberry & Choc Chip Muffin Recipe

Now I know in my last recipe I mentioned about cutting back on sweet treats at home and I wanted to let you know that I baked these muffins back in April for our friends birthday and I’m only just getting around to typing up the recipe. These muffins were too tasty and easy to bake for me not to share the recipe with y’all. I’ve added a couple extra ingredients like cinnamon and chocolate chips to the original recipe i found off google but if those extras aren’t your bag just stick to the classic blueberries. It’ll still turn out yummy!

I am still trying hard to cut down on the sweet treats and only have them on special occasions, like birthdays or you know a Sunday night with half a bottle of wine and a film, you know those special occasions… I jest with y’all.

If you give these muffins ago, let me know in the comments how they turn out and if you share any snaps on insta be sure to tag me so i can see your yummy muffins!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used GF)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for tops of muffins
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup milk (dairy and non-dairy both work too)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Blueberries (frozen work too)
  • Chocolate chips (add as many as you like)
  • 1 teaspoon or a large sprinkling of cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

This was the first time baking these muffins and when i say they were easy, its an understatement! I couldn’t believe how well they turned out!

  • Preheat 400 degrees. Line the tray with paper muffin cups or grease the tray if you do not have paper cups. If you wanted to make bigger muffins, only line 8 cups with paper and fill the remaining cups with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to help the muffins bake evenly
  • Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and a large sprinkling of cinnamon (if you like it, i bloody love the stuff) combine all ingredients in a large bowl and set aside
  • Add oil to a measuring jug (that holds at least 1 cup). Add the egg then fill the jug to the 1-cup line with milk (1/3 to 1/2 cup milk). Add vanilla and whisk to combine
  • Add wet mixture to the dry ingredients in the bowl, use a fork to combine. Do not over mix. The muffin batter will be quite thick. Now it’s time to fold in the blueberries and choc chips
  • Divide the batter between muffin cups. Don’t forget to Sprinkle a little sugar on top of each muffin
  • Bake muffins 20 minutes or until tops are no longer wet, insert a toothpick into the middle of a muffin comes and if comes out clean they are good to go. Transfer to a cooling rack and enjoy with a cup of tea

My Sewing Projects

I’ve really enjoyed sewing lately and thought it would be fun to share all my recent “lockdown’ makes in one post. It had been years since i had made anything other than the odd cushion cover or fabric blinds for our old London flat, i think i made a denim pinafore and then my sewing machine sat idle, occasionally being used to take up a hem line but it hadn’t seen any action in years.

Since moving out here I’ve been inspired and more creative than ever, maybe because i had more time on my hands (oh, hey Covid, I’m looking at you!) or maybe its all the sunshine, who knows but i am loving it! Just to make clear I’m not loving Covid but my creativity spike I am loving.

It had been years since i attempted to make a pattern and i thought about buying one but i remembered my uni days where i failed pattern cutting first time around. I never could get to grips with the flat pattern pieces yet i did excel at coping patterns from clothing and adapting them or even creating a dress from draping on a bust form.

I knew the type of dress i wanted to make and just went for it, creating a pattern out of news paper and then slowly adapting it to make sure if fit my measurements. I cut up an old bedsheet that didn’t fit out huge Cali king sized bed to use as a trial and i was so pleaded i had to get some pretty fabric to test it out and this floral dress (above) was created. I went on to make two more dresses using the same pattern this time adding sleeves. Any sewers out there, which do you prefer making a pattern from scratch or buying one pre-made?

The shorts above started life out as a midi skirt which i no longer wore as I like my midis a little longer these days. I cut it up and turned into these shorts which have already seen a lot more wear!

With some left over fabric from my spotty dress I whipped up this top. I used the same pattern for the main part and created some small butterfly sleeves and a gathered panel to take it from a crop top to a full length top. Really pleased with how ti turned out as I was scraping together fabric to make it work.

This floral beaut was made with fabric Dave picked out for me and took me ages to finish as i kept changing my mind how i wanted the sleeves to be. Over all I’m very pleased with how it turned out. I think it’s safe to say i love a square neckline. I’m not one for wearing V-necks that much as I don’t really like to show cleavage. I’m not sure why but i feel much more comfortable and ‘me’ in a square or higher neckline.

My latest sewing project is this thrift flip, where i took a dress and turned it into a top and a hat. I love the print of the fabric but the actual fabric was a pain in the arse to sew with!!

I’m actually working on a twin set which I can’t wait to finish and wear! I will of course be sharing it with you once it’s finished. Are you into sewing or would you rather buy something from a store I’d love to know your thoughts. It’s recently got me thinking about my relationship with fast fashion and how i feel about it vs making something. I think i’ll pen a post on the subject. I would love to know your thoughts on the subject and could include them into the up coming post. Let me know what you think!

Photos by Dave Cox

Cook with me: Roasted stuffed peppers

Roasted Stuffed Peppers Recipe

We’ve been on a health kick recently, doing home work outs and eating healthier. I think lockdown life finally got to us and we just weren’t feeling great and decided to make a change. I wanted to share one of our favourite new recipe discoveries with you. These roasted stuffed peppers are delicious and vegetarian, we added a side of chicken cooked with mushrooms and zucchini (courgette to us UK folk) to ours but that is totally optional.


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes 
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 large red peppers & 2 large yellow peppers
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • sprinkling of dried mixed herbs
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 200g long-grain rice
  • 400ml boiling vegetable stock (i used chicken stock)
  • 400g tin butter beans, drained
  • sprinkling of Cotija cheese (Feta would work just as well)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F
  2. Halve all peppers lengthways and deseeded. Season inside and out of each pepper half, then place cut-side down on a non-stick baking tray and roast for 15-20 minutes
  3. While the peppers are cooking away in the oven spray a large non-stick saucepan with cooking spray/oil and place over a medium heat. Add the finely chopped red onions, garlic (i whizzed ours in the blender first) and stir-fry for 1 minute. Stir in the herbs, 3 tbsp of tomato purée and add the rice
  4. Pour in the stock, stir and bring the mixture to the boil. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is tender you may need to keep adding a dash of water until rice is fully cooked, once most of the stock has been absorbed, then add in the butter beans and season to taste
  5. Remove the pepper halves from the oven but be sure to leave the oven on. Turn them over and spoon in the rice mixture until each pepper is completely filled
  6. Return the peppers to the oven and bake for a further 15-20 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned
  7. Scatter over sprinkling of Cotija cheese (Feta would work just as well too) enjoy with salad or chicken like we did

If you make this recipe I’d love to know how it turns out and what you would add or change next time? If you have nay other healthy recipes I should make let me know in the comments below.

Thrift Flip

Something a little different but i wanted to share with you a thrift flip I’ve been working on. I got this cute dress for my birthday from Zara. I love the print but the dress just didn’t do anything for me and my body shape. I’ve seen plenty of videos of thrift flips on youtube, my favourites are by With Wendy, and I thought why not give it ago myself.

I did a little poll on instagram to see what y’all thought i should make and you all voted for a cute top (if you don’t follow me on instagram hit me a follow for future votes and daily snippets of my life). It was between a cute top or a bucket hat & matching tote bag. I was hoping that I’d be able to make a top and a hat as the dress had a lot of fabric, it was like a tent of a dress when on. I started off with making the top and thankfully i had enough left for a hat too. I also picked up some white cotton for making the hat as i want it to be a reversible hat, this meant I only need enough fabric to make one side of the bucket hat which was easily achieved.

I actually have enough left to make an oversized scrunchie and a reasonable sized tote bag but let me tell you, this fabric is a bitch to sew with! On closer inspection of the garment I realised the whole thing had be constructed using an overlocker, which i do no process. After lots of f’ing and blinding with the fabric getting chewed up in my machine I finally had something that resembled a top. I really wanted to try out shirring but this fabric wasn’t the one for trying a new technique. For now I am really pleased with this cute top I’ve been able to flip from a dress i was never going to wear and that bucket hat is a real cutie! I will get around to making the oversized scrunchie and a tote as I don’t like to waste fabric but I’ve had enough of this trick fabric for a little while.

If you would like me to do a step by step tutorial post on how to make a bucket hat let me know in the comments below and I’ll be more than happy to create one for y’all. Its actually fairly simple once you know how and I’m already planing lots more colour-ways.

Photos by Dave Cox & Amy Purfield-Clark