Week 39 – Bran muffins

I hate it when I see the week flying by and knowing that I’m running out of time to take part in or do something new for the week… so when I saw this beginning to happen this past week I had to put a stop to it!

So, I got my diary out and looked at my days carefully and threw something in there for what would be my something new for the week ๐Ÿ™‚

A while back, I think it was when I made my carrot cake muffins, my mom told me about her super easy bran muffin recipe – which requires absolutely no fancy equipment, nor does it require any prep work other than mixing everything in a bowl. Surely not even I could go wrong with that?!

And for this recipe I even had pretty much all of the ingredients at home already – yay!

So, the night in question rolled around and it just so happens that it was a night that us girls at Villa Kunterbunt were having a movie and dinner night (in which I made the dinner too!) We then invited one more friend to join us and opened a bottle of wine to make a proper night of it ๐Ÿ™‚

I got my muffins on the go while we were eating dinner (just simple wraps so nothing to talk about on here), and we then decided to enjoy the muffins as dessert – along with the ice cream that our friend had brought along ๐Ÿ™‚

The muffins really are stupidly easy to make – you literally put each ingredient into a mixing bowl, one at a time, mixing it up in-between each add-in, then spoon the batter out into a muffin tray (I lined mine with muffin cups), put in the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes @ 180ยฐC, and Viola! Bran muffins are done!

Ingredients (put into the mixing bowl in the below order)

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable / canola)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups crushed All Bran Flakes
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 250g dried fruit (cake) mix
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1 grated apple (I decided to forego the apple)

I did them in 2 batches because the above measurements will give you about 24 muffins and I can only fit 12 in my oven at a time… which worked out great because we were ready for dessert just as the second batch was ready so we got to eat them hot and delicious, straight from the oven!

The finished product :)

The finished product ๐Ÿ™‚

Our dessert, yum!

Our dessert, yum!

Week 25 – Prague

I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!

I must apologise for last week’s Something New being a few days late – I had fully intended on posting this last week Thursday while in Prague but I ended up having too much fun there and never got around to it ๐Ÿ˜‰ But here you go regardless! (Full details about the Prague holiday will follow on Thursday… watch this space!)

OK, OK, this is a little bit of a stretch as I’ve actually been to Prague before, however on this trip I managed to do some new stuff that I’ve not done before – so yes, something new for the week ๐Ÿ™‚

Tried Absinthe!

Well, just in an ice cream, which tasted suspiciously like pistachios ๐Ÿ˜‰ but was nevertheless fun anyway.

Visitedย the John Lennon Memorial Wall

Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-season

Talk about a hard topic! I think these photo challenges are getting harder and harder each week – but I suppose that’s what makes them challenging, hey?! Certainly makes me use my brain a little bit (and gives me lots of opportunities to go through photos time and again, reminisce or just look at photos that I haven’t in ages ๐Ÿ™‚ )

This week’s photo challenge is off-season. I’ve always wanted to a Christmas in July party which would have been absolutely perfect for this… but of course I’ve never actually had one so I had to do some searching through photos for these ones.

Dubai is not known for being a rainy place although we do get a little bit of rain around the beginning of the year – January, February-ish. A couple of years ago I was at the Rugby 7’s (December) when the heavens decided to open and we got absolutely flooded! It made for a very interesting day at the rugby, and it brought out some amazing colours in the sky as the sun was setting!

And my second photo that I was able to dig out is from when I was on one of my many visits to Kurdistan a couple of years ago… in the middle of winter, it was about 3ย ยฐC, I decided that I HAD TO have a soft serve ice cream because I was told by the guys on site that it’s the best ice cream north of the equator (and ice cream is my absolute weakness in life!)