Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Recipe: Carrot and Walnut Muffins


Yesterday morning I made some Wholemeal Carrot and Walnut Muffins, and they are actually awesome. I've never baked with wholemeal flour before and thought that they turned out really nicely. The recipe I used is roughly the recipe used on Anna Saccone's banana muffin video.


I had absolutely loads of carrots that needed using, so decided to making 'carrot cake muffins' would be a great way to use them up - especially because I don't have a juicer.. wah! There are so many different recipes for carrot cake and carrot muffins, but I really liked the look and sound of this recipe because of how little sugar it uses. I know there's still a bit of sugar in them, but a lot of the natural sweetness comes from the dates which is pretty cool.


I also really just wanted to see if wholemeal flour would be that different... and it wasn't, so I'll be using that loads more in my cooking! :D


I completely winged it in terms of the icing - I had a little container left of icing sugar (probably about half a cup?) and a tub of cream cheese and mixed it all together.. the end result wasn't too shabby!


 To make the muffins you will need: 
2 cups wholemeal self raising flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 level tsp of each: nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped small
3/4 cup dates, chopped small
2 eggs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
3 large carrots, grated
1/2 cup vegetable oil

To make the cream cheese icing you will need: 
1/2 cup icing sugar
250g tub light spreadable cream cheese
walnuts to decorate

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Method
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan forced
2. Sift flour, baking powder and spices, add in leftover wholemeal chunks
3. Add brown sugar, seeds, walnuts and dates
4. Stir dry mixture until well mixed
5. In a separate bowl, lightly beat eggs
6. Add butter and milk to eggs, stir
7. Add wet mixture and grated carrot all at once
8. Stir until just combined - don't over stir! - adding in oil as you go to ensure mixture is moist enough
9. Bake for 25 minutes/until the tops spring back when lightly pressed
10. While these are cooling, put icing sugar and cream cheese into a bowl and whisk until soft
11. When the muffins are completely cool, ice them and decorate



Enjoy!
:) Jessie xx

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Blogging again!

I've been wanting to get back into blogging and vlogging for a while now but keep having creative-blocks as to what I should talk about. So I thought that I may as well just jump in the deep end, otherwise I'd be forever putting it off and wouldn't get back into it again anyway!
I want to start my new and improved blog off with a few of my favourite photos since I last posted in 2011!

One of  my favourite trips in the UK was to Scotland in June 2011. This photo was taken from Stirling Castle, and remains one of my favourite photos of my travels on my gap year.

 

In April 2012, Tom and I went to western Indonesia for 10 days for my first 'off the beaten track' Asia experience. It was truly the best holiday of my life and I don't know when and if it will ever be beaten.

Our view of the ocean from our hut in Pulau Weh

Snorkelling off the coast of Pulau Weh

Journalling in Ketambe, in the jungle

In September 2012, I visited England on my holidays and Tom and I made time to visit the Harry Potter Studios in Leavesden. It was absolutely incredible and 100% recommend it for any HP fan :)


In June 2013, when Tom was preparing to move to Australia, I flew over immediately after my last exam and surprised him at his going away party. We spent 10 days together and, as I hadn't brought too much over, Tom used most of my luggage space for his extra stuff to take bring back to Australia!

How incredible do Tom's mum's flowers look!?

In November 2013, Tom and I completed the Eureka Climb in Melbourne. We climbed a total of 1642 stairs over 88 levels, and successfully reached the roof of the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. We also raised over $1100 for charity, for the event.


And finally in December of last year, I was surprised with my very own Surprise 21st 'J' Party. About 100 people all dressed up and gave me the shock of my life, and subsequently the party of my life.


So I think my life is pretty interesting, and I can't wait to share more of it with you guys (...if anyone ever reads this apart from my parents...)! I'm hoping to put up loads of things - recipes for eating well on a uni student budget, workouts that I do, training plans that I follow, maybe some book and movie reviews, and general stuff about my life!

:) Jessie xx