Friday, 13 January 2006

Morning Sin

I've always wanted to make breakfast muffins, both the savoury and sugary kind. But decided that it's best I use up my blueberries before they start to ferment in my fridge. Initially wanted to make them for tomorrow's breakfast but after a whole day of baking to fill out DIVANA orders, I realised bout 10% of my blueberries were starting to grow old, softish and bad. I had no choice. Baking before dinner! It was such a nice feeling. Like golly, so much freedom and so much flour. :)

Anyway, I always believe one has to start the day right with a proper breakfast. My idea of a fantastic breakfast is the no-fail tower of ultra-thick pancakes slathered with dripping maple syrup. (I don't like butter on my pancakes) One time, I made pancakes with cinnamon sugar and bananas in them. One day i'll make blueberry pancakes and use strawberries to make a face and stuff like the one i saw jennifer gaarner eating on 13 going on 30. Either way, blueberry muffins almost seem to equal pancakes in a cup i guess. i was saying, breakfast is the main energy meal..the thing that is gonna fuel you up till the day's end. So hey, isn't a sugar rush just about the best possible way to get an energy high and send you out the door to work feeling like you just stepped on the moon? I mean, some people have kaya toast for breakfast and kaya is so full of sugar it immediately makes you feel awake. Besides, the taste itself is like a smack in your face and definitely tastes a lot better than your toothpaste.

So yeah, i was thinking, why not have ice cream for breakfast? And blueberry breakfast muffin + Carr's crackers + ice cream is just perfect! You've got all the carbs there from the the sugar, besides it tastes great. ha. in my opinion that is. And to make it seem even more breakfasty, top the ol' traditional vanilla ice cream with some cinnamon sugar and espresso/instant coffee granules. The caffeine does work some wonders along with the sugar rush! And i'm saying that even though I'm not a great fan of caffeine or coffee so that must say something bout eating ice cream this way, esp in the morning. The funniest thing though, is that i made this in the evening but I will definitely prepare this for my dad tmr first thing in the morning!

These blueberry muffins are very easy to make. besides they use really little ingredients and what's best about these muffins is that it has a really nice crunchy crusty topping thanks to the sprinkled sugar. i read somewhere on some food website that most people tend to like only the muffin tops. and there was even a recipe or some dish that served only the muffin tops! i found it extremely interesting. it's really amusing to find people getting really creative nowadays in terms of food and the culinary arts and that's what i feel makes eating and living so refreshing. the arts are alive. just like us. science moves on with time. technology updates itself, gets better and so on. but really..i can't be bothered with improving science and yada yada. it just doesn't feel alive. it's dead. the arts isn't. look at shakespeare, dickens. people remember their words! The Bible. Now that's definitely something that lives on in every believer. Look at mozart, beethoven. music keeps playing and people play and breathe music. i don't know how to explain it really, but the arts make us feel and when we feel it, we suffuse it with a life we can find no where else but in us. the arts reflect what's in us. they breathe as we do. they change as we do. they're our mirror images manifest.

so drink,eat,watch,play,love and be merry.

Buttery Blueberry Muffins


1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 1/4 cup caster sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup buttermilk (once again I used faux buttermilk by adding cream of tartar to regular milk)

1 pint/ 1.5punnets fresh blueberries (rinse then pat dry between paper towels)

extra fine sugar for sprinkling


Preheat oven to 190dCelsius.

Cream together butter, sugar and salt until fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix together the flour and baking powder. Then beat in half of this mixture, followed by the buttermilk and finally the rest of the flour mixture. Don't overbeat!

Take bout 1/4 of all your blueberries and lightly crush these until the seeds and the soft flesh burst out. Mix this into the batter then fold the rest of the berries in. Pour into baking cups, sprinkle with some sugar and bake for 29-30min. After 10min or so, your kitchen will be filled with this buttery scent. Gosh, it's just lovely. Enjoy!

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