Over the weekend, we had a guest staying over. He was none other than Dinesh’s high flying friend N. When I say ‘high flying’, I literally mean that… he travels round the world for most parts of the month…working for the UN and all that. But, of course, to Dinesh and me , he is just the same old dear N. Well, friends are like that, aren’t they…doesn’t matter what they are in their professional lives …amongst friends, that’s what they simply are…a friend…laid back, catching up with the latest in their lives, reliving memories, having heated discussions, … no wonder Dinesh said that he had talked enough to last him for a while…which made me a teeny weeny bit envious, of course
N is one person whom anyone would love to have as a guest…very accommodative. And we love it when he’s around, more because of the fact that he always seems to have a very positive effect on Dinesh… always encouraging… he’s a person who always sees the glass half full. He managed to break his foot a couple of months ago…how badly…well, he still limps and has to wear a special shoe for that…but that hasn’t stopped him taking a long distance flight from India and fulfilling all his engagements. In fact, I was quite concerned when I saw him…but he was least bothered at all. Some people really are troopers…so much to learn from them. His wife, too, is the same…well, with a husband gallivanting round the world most of the time, and two young and robust boys to take care of, while being a busy doctor at the same time, does say a lot .
By the way, these black beauties have been awaiting their destiny for a while…
…but their time had finally come and they were added to make some muffins to enhance their taste. And I must say that they did their job quite well. They were soft and moist and the berries added a slight tartness which we adored. So here’s the recipe for these blackberry muffins…
3/4th C porridge oats
3/4th C wholemeal flour
1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
4-5 tblsp plain yogurt
5-6 tblsp of oil
3 tblsp (more or less) of honey
3-4 drops vanilla essence
a handful of fresh blackberries, roughly chopped(can keep them whole if they are too small)
- Pre heat the oven at 160 deg cel. and line a muffin tray.
- In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs.
- Add the flour, oats and baking powder and mix well.
- Add the yogurt, honey and oil in that order and mix well after each one has been added.
- Add the vanilla essence and mix well.
- Gently fold in the blackberries…do not over handle.
- Fill the muffin cases 3/4ths of the way with the mixture(makes approximately 5 large ones).
- Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Are best served warm(update) but cool completely before storing in air tight containers.