I’ve been digging up some old recipes I enjoyed during childhood. This one was a family favourite and by happy coincidence is high in fibre, low in fat, and has no added sugar. It makes a great breakfast on the run or afternoon snack. You can adapt the recipe to include nuts, fruits, spices, sugar, anything you like really. This is my favourite version, recipe below. Be warned, these are not light fluffy cakes, because of all the fruit and bran they are quite dense.
Pick a mug of any size you like, I used a medium sized one and it would make about 12 muffins or one decent sized loaf.
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius
Lightly grease a loaf tin or line a muffin tin with pretty liners.
1 mug all bran
1 mug self raising flour
1 mug dried fruit
1 mug milk
1 tsp ground ginger.
1- Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl. Allow to sit for 30 minutes until the bran soften.
2- Place mix into loaf tin or muffin cases and bake for 1-1.5 hours for a loaf and 30mins-1 hour for the muffins, depending on the size. You can tell the cakes are cooked when a skewer comes away clean.
3- Allow to cool and then munch!
This week my Pinterest picks are all around the theme of winter warmers. It’s been chilly here in the UK and with a winter chill comes the desire to get cosy and warm inside. Here are some of my favourite ways to do this.
Firstly, food…what better way to warm up than with a bowl of something comforting (yes, comfort food should almost always come in bowl form).
Next, what better way to enjoy this lovely food? Of course, wrapped up in something warm and cosy!
Who wouldn’t love to be sitting here right now?
Banish those winter blues with some bright colours like these!
People, Christmas is on Tuesday!! Why did nobody warn me? How on earth did it sneak up on me so quickly? Oh wait I know, it’s because despite my earlier declarations of getting an early start I actually only started one thing and then completely ignored the jingle bells until December. Now, I know many of you will be aware of this already but that is far too late to begin making Christmas presents for your friends and family! My grand handmade Christmas presents plan had to be rapidly downscaled. Instead of making handmade cards I bought some charity ones to give to friends and family and focussed solely on ensuring that everyone gets at least one handmade thing in their gift. For my Mum & her partner it was this crochet throw blanket,
For my sister it was a very cute hat and mitten set (which I forgot to photograph before wrapping-raging!) and I’ll be forwarding her bike pannier bags once I actually finish them in the New Year. For my Dad and his wife, and all the inlaws I am making up Christmas hampers with lots of goodies in them including Cranberry Curd, Lemon Curd, Scottish Tablet, Peppermint Creams, Turkish Delight, Treacle Toffee, Honeycomb and Chocolate Truffles. These hampers ensure that my kitchen becomes a sweet smelling wee factory for a few days but they are always so well received I can’t not give them as gifts. This is the last of my Christmas making and I am happy to see that wee light at the end of the tunnel!
Now, I’ve made a promise to myself that I will be better next year and that I’ll start making Christmas presents in October but we all know what happens to the best laid schemes!
What did you guys do for your handmade Christmas gifts? I’m sure you were all much more organised than I was!
I thought I’d take a little time and tell you about some of my favourite craft and sewing magazines. I’ve tried lots of different magazines and liked some more than others. The ones I particularly liked were Making Magazine and Mollie Makes. Both of these magazines jumped off the shelf at me before I had even had a chance to look at the contents. Their design is modern and fresh and exciting and is something I had struggled to find in a lot of traditional sewing and crafting magazines you can buy off the shelf.
Both magazines have a great selection of articles covering sewing, embroidery, crochet, DIY, cooking and so much more. They also introduce us to new designers, makers and crafters with something to say. These magazines have offered me so much inspiration, not only in the projects they suggest, but in their layout, colour ways and ethos. I urge you, if you haven’t picked one of these magazines up yet please do so. They are a treat!