Saturday, May 19, 2012

Barbecued Banana, Peanut Butter & Honey Muffins...

I found this recipe at Time for a little something and thought they sounded great so I set about making them this morning. I measured out everything, put out the patty pans and set the oven going. Muffins need to be mixed quickly, but not over mixed then delivered to the patty pans...
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It made a lovely mixure - although it said to use plain flour and wholemeal flour, I only have SR flour and SR wholemeal so I backed off on the baking powder to 1/2 teaspoon and no bi-carb soda. I got them into the patty pans and put them in the oven only to find the oven dead as a maggot! No light or heat! Gus checked the fuse box and the circuit breaker had tripped the stove switch - obviously a problem somewhere! Honestly, this oven is fantastic for baking, I only use one setting and bake everything at 180C and get fantastic results but the stove is a lemon! We've had the thermostat/element replaced in Feb 2009, 2 lots of oven door hinges replaced, new fan installed June 2011 and now it's shit itself again!
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You can imagine my fury - I had these lovely muffins ready to go and it's 'no go' with the oven! I was spewing swear words and throwing my hands in the air when dear Gus said 'how about you bake them in the gas Weber?'. I didn't think it would work but we have done pizzas in there before so...
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I whacked them in there on a tray to get them off the grill and 15 minutes later...
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Barbecued muffins!
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So here they are - I taste tested one and you can see that the bottoms are just slightly overdone but they are still yummy! Disaster averted - thanks, Gus!
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That's another problem I have - home made muffins/cup cakes tend to stick to the patty pans whereas packet mixes (which have oil/butter in them) don't. Could I just spray the pans with cooking oil spray? I'll give it a go next time.
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I made San Choy Bau last night - easy and scrummy too! Leftovers for lunch today - yay!
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I have been tackling my de-cluttering at random times - this morning, on a whim, I decided to rearrange my sock and pyjama drawers. I have had a big blue stacker box sitting in our bedroom for months which had winter stuff in it and I decided it and it's contents needed to find a new home. All summer pyjamas were put in a drawer in Brianna's room (lots of empty drawers in there!) and I tossed out some of last years winter pj's and reacquainted myself with ones that had been packed away. I tossed out some old socks that were looking worn, paired up all my black opaque stocking-socks and ...
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Voila! One tidy sock drawer with stocking separated from socks in the shoe box.
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I forgot to show you my Annette Sym Chicken Kiev - it turned out really well and it was still buttery and garlicy except the butter was low fat margarine and I oven baked it with just a touch of spray oil over it ... I made a herbed tomato, zucchini and macaroni bake to go with the sweet potato chips, peas and corn. Delish!
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Now I am off to make some liquid washing detergent - the recipe is in Rhonda's Down to Earth book. Then I might sit and start another dish cloth or do some cross stitch - the washing is all up to date and the house is sparking so I am a free agent - yay!
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Enjoy your weekend in your part of the world
Cheers - Joolz

3 comments:

  1. Your oven sounds like our oven, one continuous problem! I was intrigued by your title lol, the muffins look really yummy! As does main course! Its lunch time I think I really need to eat something healthy right now before I start snacking on the naughty stuff lol.

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  2. Glad your muffins turned out...must be frustrating without an oven. I had to smile when I read how you bake everything at 180 as I do too!

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  3. We are beginning summer here in our neck of the woods, but you've inspired me to clean out my drawers! The muffins look lovely--I bake everything at 350 degrees--must be comparable to your 180.

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