Archive | July, 2014

Banana blueberry coconut almond muffins, paleo style. Yeah, that’s catchy

20 Jul

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe, hasn’t it?  I don’t bake as much as I used to, or when I do, I remake tried and true favorites like my pumpkin muffins.  I’ve been happy with some of my gluten-free experiments (like these pancakes), but not so happy with most of my muffins. But I tried something new today, and frankly, I mostly made it up myself, so I’m a wee bit proud of how they came out.  Want to see?

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  • 2 eggs
  • 2 medium ripe bananas
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup millet flour (to be perfectly paleo, use 1/2 cup coconut flour)
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup linseeds and sesame seeds mixed with cinnamon (optional topping)

Mash bananas and egg. Mix until relatively smooth. Add vanilla, maple syrup, and coconut milk.

In separate bowl, mix all dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle, and stir in wet ingredients. Add blueberries last, and fold in gently.

Fill greased muffin tins about half-way.  If using topping, sprinkle over tops of muffins now.

Bake center over for 25-30 minutes at 350F. Cool muffins on rack. If any are left after you test one … and then another … maybe test one more … store airtight on counter or freeze.

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They don’t get a huge rise, but they have a soft, moist, tender texture, and hold together well.  My favorite muffins ever have been Moosewood Muffins, which I have made faithfully for years, but which have the disadvantage of being gloriously full of gluten and sugar.  I think I may have finally found an alternative, with these yummy treats!

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Flowers of middle summer

3 Jul

Another summer, another fragrant visit to Cotswold Lavender.  Possibly one of my most favorite seasonal visits.  (But who can say.  I have so many seasonal favorites.  England is full of them.)

See previous visits: Day out: Cotswold Lavender; Cotswold Drive; Purple Haze; Week out: Cotswold.  Since we’ve been here before, I’ll give myself the pleasure of simply sharing a few new photos — there’s a wildflower field, new this year! — and breathing in deeply the memories (along with this cup of Lavender and Earl Grey tea).

On your drive to the fields, enjoy the rolling countryside.

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Boy, the traffic is just crazy, isn’t it?

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More fellow-travelers.

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And finally, that picturesque white cottage looking over the purple fields.IMG_3668ed

And see the burst of wildflowers, new in the fields this year.  What a glorious contrast to the purple lavender, white house, green fields…IMG_3586ed

There’s space and time to sit down right next to the lavender.  It bobs and almost sparkles in the sunshine.

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Other friendly visitors in the fields…IMG_3678ed Deep purples … IMG_20140626_115859ed Gravity-defying spiders … IMG_3649ed

Bachelor buttons in the wildflower fields.

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If you are around and have the time, a visit out to the lavender fields can’t be beat.  Check the website for peak bloom times — and get there before they harvest the lavender!