I had to see the doctor yesterday morning. At 10.30am. But Id had to get up at 8am to phone the doctor, well to press the redial button many many many times before getting through to a receptionist who quite bluntly told me there were ‘no appointments today’.
I was ready for this. My friend Jane had informed me that the way to see a doctor when faced with this sort of obstacle is to say, calmly, “It’s really important that I see a doctor today.”
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I eventually got an appointment for 10.30am. Which gave me 2 hours to finish getting ready, bring my washing in from the line, have a quick tidy up and clean the bathroom, and make muffins. Because of course that’s what everyone does when faced with some unexpected extra time at home.
I found the basic recipe here http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/gruyere_and_courgette_61507 and set to adapting it:
Parmesan and courgette herby muffins
8oz plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1 decent sized courgette, coarsely grated
3-4 oz parmesan, finely grated
200ml milk, and more if necessary
1 egg, beaten
75ml olive oil
a handful of chopped fresh herbs (marjoram, chives and parsley)
Line a muffin pan with muffin cases. I ended up using 24 fairy cake cases in a regular sized muffin tin, to make nice small muffins.
- Mix together flour and baking powder
- Add courgette and cheese and mix
- In a separate bowl, mix the oil, milk and egg together. Add the herbs
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and mix quickly together. Don’t over-mix, just bring everything together so it has no lumps of flour. The mixture needs to be quite soft and wet, but not runny
- Spoon a large soup spoonful of mixture into each muffin case
- Bake for 20 minutes (or until golden) in a medium hot oven (Gas Mark 5)
The muffins were cooled for a wee while on a cooling rack, and then bundled up in a clean tea towel, tied with a piece of string and taken to work to share with my colleagues. The verdict seemed positive!