This weekend, I rescued some blueberries from the supermarket, thought about what I could do with them and came up with these blueberry muffins.
Two of the muffins lost their tops on the way out of the muffin tray – I had imagined them rising up more, like shop bought muffins – but these just sort of bubbled out of the tops of the cases. Next time I will a) grease the tray and b) not believe the instructions to fill to the tops of the cases.
I also had another go at bagels, this time by hand. This worked a lot better, as you can see exactly when the bread has doubled in size each time. Although I think my yeast is a little old, because it took AGES for them to rise, and when they did, the rise was not very even, so that they came out of the oven looking like mini extrusions of volcanic rock. But they tasted good! So good!
I also went for a run, the first one I have enjoyed this year for two reasons. Firstly, the temperature was perfect. I don’t have adequate running gear for really cold days and added to that some weekends recently it’s started needling rain at me while I’ve been out. But this was cool and dry, the way I like it. Secondly, there have been a number of dry weekends on the trot, which means I’ve actually been able to build up stamina and enjoy the run.
What with starting running again and all the muscles I’m developing through repeated kneading, I might actually be approaching fitness this spring.
Today I went out to see a friend in London and we enjoyed dim sum at Ping Pong on the South Bank. Terrible name, and I’d been a bit worried on reading TripAdvisor last night regarding general complaints about portion size as opposed to food, and customers going away hungry.
We ordered the £12.50 standard set lunch time menu and I was more than satisfied by what arrived. “Shall we go?” I asked as I put my chopsticks down at the end of the meal. He said, “Er, I don’t think we’ve finished yet, there’s more.” I’d forgotten about the steamed selection – it’s a bit weird that this arrives after the rest of it! But forgiveable. Atmosphere was great – really buzzy, with atmospheric music, not too loud, even for a person with a quiet voice like me. Lovely selection of teas, served in a large insulated glass so that it doesn’t cool down, and unlike the traditional teapot, you are not fighting your way through solid caffeine when you get to the end of your drink. Genius!