Goood morning from my regular blogging spot - tucked up in bed with a mug of tea. I have a real treat for you today - these banana, maple, oaty muffins are basically a loaf recipe that I have tweaked (and can still be cooked a s a loaf) for Fairfax newspapers, so will be appearing around New Zealand today. They have a slightly dense but not heavy texture - more slightly oaty-earthy if you know what I mean - with a soft maple background and pleasing little walnut nuggets. They are perfect for enjoying on a wet, cold winter afternoon (or as you can see from the pic - in my imagination, sitting by the fire in a log cabin surrounded by snowy woods...). Any way, the maple butter is the sneaky little extra surprise which can also transform waffles, banana pancakes, crumpets, anything like that, that you can imagine loading with bananas (and maybe bacon). I had never seen it made before so was intrigued with my experimenting to find the hot maple syrup being whipped and cooled with the butter into a maple cloud...obviously it is pretty sweet, but also bloody addictive! It also keeps well in the fridge for weeks.
In other news, the count down is on until Henry arrives for his 21st and I am freaking out as to how I will get both my work done and prep for his visit before he gets here - you know that anxious, sick feeling in your stomach..?! Last night I couldn't sleep and was making lists in the kitchen at about 1:30am. All my friends know that I am a compulsive organiser, but I do find that once I write stuff down and work backwards from a goal, it usually makes things seem much less over whelming, and way more achievable. So. fingers crossed! Pog is well under way with his interior design course, and hopefully about to secure flat number 3 in Melbourne. This time I am hoping it is less freaky suburban prison-cell (first one), or mouse-infested, kitchen-less fire-hazard (second one). Meanwhile Hoob is toiling away at uni - not much action on the work front, so lets hope something happens in that department soon. He is however revelling in political science and philosophy...which is awesome, I'm so thrilled he is enjoying his subjects, and hope that I haven't just done the unthinkable and put the hoodoo on it by saying that out loud...Right must get up, pulled a chest muscle (typical) so it's walks instead of yoga this week. Let me know if you give the recipe a whirl :)