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.
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.
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
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
- Mix the dry ingredients together
- Beat the egg with a fork and then mix into the milk.
- Melt the margarine and then mix it together with the egg and milk.
- 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.
- Fill muffin cases three-quarters full. You can sprinkle with more chocolate at this stage if desired. This recipe makes approximately 12 muffins.
- Cook for 20 minutes on gas mark 5-6 /375-400F/190-200C
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.
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.
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