For the first time since god knows when, I have felt like I have noticeably lost weight. You’d think I’d be delighted about this, but I’m actually kinda upset! At first I was like ooooh yeaaaah but I was thinking about it… and I don’t wanna be one of those scrawny girls who looks like she needs a good meal in her. I eat ALL the time, and I’m proud of it and I want to look healthy not skinny. hmpf. I believe you will look amazing if you feel amazing on the inside, but all I can say is I am not counting my calories, I’m gonna eat as much as I want because I feel fantastic and I don’t wanna loose this bum or these curvy hips just yet!
So how do I react to losing a considerable amount of weight? ….MAKE MUFFINS! (…and eat lots of them!)
You may have seen me reblog a recipe by One Happy Table, for some Chocolate Chip, Banana and Zuccini Muffins/Loaf. At the time I thought, hmm the ingredients are pretty hard to get (from first glance seeing ‘zuccini’ and cinnamon on the list). My sister is known in our family for her banana loaf, which I choose to no longer eat as she puts butter and egg in it (I think). But when I went to my parents for the weekend, I discovered they had cinnamon, and that zuccini is just the american way of saying COURGETTE! I’m quite embarrassed but turns out it is super super easy to make, and very delicious! So my sister set about making that…
And in the other corner was me, making a batch of muffins from Mouthwatering Vegan. They were supposed to be blackberry cupcakes, but we could only find a bag of mixed frozen berries, and decided to bake at too short notice to freeze our own, so they turned into blackberry-cherry-blueberry cupcakes and my GOD they were amazing… anyway not to spoil the outcome.. I set about making those… And here’s how the bake-off between me and my sister went, with her the known baker of cakes in the family, and me the expertly terrible baker, in the kitchen.
(in the time it took me to type the above… I have eaten three cupcakes… that is how seriously good these are [or how much of a pig I am!])
The bake-off begins. On the left we have me, and on the right Phoebe…
Early on in the competition, I opt out of paper cases for the much more desirable plastic hearts…
The first obstacle of the day arrives when we do not have 1 and a half cups of blackberries, so other berries are subbed in!
Wet ingredients are added to dry, and berries thrown in there before being lightly mixed.
The mix is tasted… and it is SPOT ON! yum yum yum best cake mix I’ve ever tried
After filling the heart shaped cases, we had leftover. I am so happy I used plastic cases because look what happened when I put the leftovers in some paper ones…
On the other side of the table, Phoebe begins.
Decisions are made about which vegan chocolate is the best. The top two are not from dairy-free factories, but ingredients are vegan… but the bottom one is. The bottom one goes in… it is not enough… so the other two are also added!
The Zuccini/Courgette is grated,with Phoebe stupidly grating longways to get huge long strips, before realising it would be easier/make more sense to do it lengthways…
annnnnd it is added to the bowl, looking pretty cool and very moist!
All the ingredients begin to be added to the bowl
The banana is mashed
The mixture whisked
And it is poured into cases! Perfectly fitting into 12 muffin cases… good recipe from One Happy Table!
We nervously wait 20 minutes for them to bake aaaand….
B E A uuuuutiful
For much more serious, and easy to follow recipes, click the links in the intro regarding each author. As far as our competition goes, they were both a success. The banana cake recipe may well be replacing the old banana loaf recipe my sister normally makes, and my brother who normally hates any kind of desert loved these berry cakes. They were a resounding success and were enjoyed over a cup of tea and a chat about general life with the family 😀 We then later had them for desert after eating dinner! Yum Yum Yum, both of these cake recipes are a must try. If I can make them after the last cake I made, then ANYONE can make them! 😀