Borage Icecubes and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Today at the allotment I picked some borage flowers.  Borage tends to self-seed everywhere so I have mine in a large pot to keep it contained.  It is great for attracting pollinating bees.

The flowers taste of cucumber if you eat them.  I pop the flowers in ice cube trays and freeze them.  The borage ice cubes make your drinks look really pretty and they are always a good talking point when friends visit.

I also pulled up a bed of shallots ready for drying and pickling.  I then did a bit more hoeing.  I find if I hoe every bed at least once a week, then it is easy to keep the weeds down.

When I got home I made some rolls and a loaf of bread.  I won’t pretend to be superwoman and tell you I make my bread by hand, as I don’t.  I own a bread maker and I love it. My family prefer to eat rolls for lunch so  I make them by using the dough setting on my bread maker.  When it’s finished, I roll them into shape by hand, let them rise and and cook them in the oven, gas mark 5 for 16 minutes.

Homemade Bread Rolls

Then I weigh out the same ingredients as the rolls and let the bread maker make a gorgeous loaf from start to finish in two hours.

A Homemade Loaf

After this I made some chocolate chip muffins for my eldest daughter to take to her friends in the afternoon.  This is my recipe:

255g Self raising flour

85g margarine

140g Granulated Sugar

4 level tablespoons of Coco powder.

85g cooking chocolate chopped into small chunks

250ml of milk

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 egg

  1. Mix the dry ingredients together
  2. Beat the egg with a fork and then mix into the milk.
  3. Melt the margarine and then mix it together with the egg and milk.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients but stir until only just combined, so no flour is visible.  The mixture will be lumpy.  This is the secret of good muffins…if you over mix they just won’t rise.
  5. Fill muffin cases three-quarters full.  You can sprinkle with more chocolate at this stage if desired.  This recipe makes approximately 12 muffins.
  6. Cook for 20 minutes on gas mark 5-6 /375-400F/190-200C

Homemade Chocolate Chip Muffins

The muffins in the recipe cost approximately 87p to make, which works out at just under 8p per muffin.  The muffins I made today would have been slightly more expensive as I used ‘lactose free’ ingredients, so that my daughter could also eat them.  Just to give you a comparison, the cheapest chocolate muffins I have managed to find from the ‘big four’ supermarkets, were 18p per muffin and that was a half price special offer and I’m very sure that homemade ones taste an awful lot nicer.

‘Use it up’ Vegetable Curry

Tonight we had a ‘use it up’ vegetable curry.  If we have any cooked vegetables left after dinner, I freeze them in old margarine tubs.  When I have enough, I make a lovely vegetable curry and tonight I served it with boiled rice, ‘reduced price’ naan bread that cost me 10p and some nice homemade yoghurt.  A very frugal meal.

I will post the recipe for the curry and how to make natural yoghurt, another time.

It’s been another busy but enjoyable day.

Thanks for reading

8 thoughts on “Borage Icecubes and Chocolate Chip Muffins

  1. I have enjoyed reading today’s post, you had a fun-filled and busy day. Just the sort of day that I enjoy, and so satisfying. I am interested in your special curry recipe, with home made yoghurt, and look forward to reading all about it another day. Thought your borage ice cubes a cute idea…
    Nearly forgot to mention I appreciated your comment about borage flowers attracting bees because we are so short of bees over at the farm where I keep my allotment. We plant nasturtiums and other pretty orange flowers to attract them, but I still have trouble with pollination. Not enough bees.

  2. I used to make icecubes with borage flowers but they always went limp and lost their colour! Have you managed to master them? Any tips? Your blog looks lovely.

    • I wonder if you left the flowers too long after cutting? I cut the flowers and put them into the ice cube trays asap after cutting. I fill the tray with water first and then just place a flower in each. I’ve never have a problem with the flowers going limp. Try again, hope it works for you.

  3. Hello Mrs Thrift….I can’t find your name anywhere?……thanks for visiting my blog, did you come via Down to Earth? I’m going to come back and visit often, I like your garden and cooking posts, and thrifty ideas, and your yoghurt recipe sounds good. I’d love to see some pictures of your allottment.

    • Thanks. I’ll be posting links to my recipe posts shortly, so I’ll make sure I have the curry and yoghurt recipes there. I’ll also be posting pictures of my allotment soon for everyone to see.
      I hope you continue to enjoy reading my blog.

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