Kicked out of my kitchen

IMAG0743I’m standing at my kitchen bench, on the wrong side! My friend Chantell has come over to bake, as her oven is broken. My sole condition was that she bake gluten free goods, so I could nibble! So I’m watching – and sort of helping – as she makes yo-yos and muffins. The first batch of yo-yos flopped, but we’re trying again, and I think this recipe will work better! The muffins should be good; they’re cheese and caraway seed. I’d never heard of caraway before, but it smells awesome. Oh, they’re finished, they taste good too! Makes up for the failed yo-yos.

Ok, fine, I’ll put her muffin recipe here.


2 cups plain flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dried mustard

1 cup grated cheese (although she actually used about twice that!)

1 tablespoon caraway seeds

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

50 grams butter, melted.


Sift flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in mustard powder, cheese, and caraway seeds.

Combine egg and milk, then stir them and the butter into the dry ingredients.

Spoon into muffin trays and back at 200 degrees Celcius for 15-20 minutes.




Gluten free sugar free muffins – apple & banana

I know what you’re thinking. Gluten free, sugar free, taste free, right? Wrong! These muffins are healthy¬†and delicious, I promise! Even fussy Elspeth eats them. They can also be made lactose free very easily.

Gluten free, sugar free, possibly lactose free, apple and banana muffins

Phew, I’m a bit exhausted after just typing that!


1 cup gluten free self-raising flour (this time I’ve used Orgran, only because I couldn’t find White Wings!)

1 egg

1/2 cup olive oil

1 apple, peeled and finely chopped (you could use pear instead if you wanted)

1 banana, mashed

1/4 cup sultanas (optional)

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons milk (you could use any Zymil, soy, or rice milk to make these muffins lactose free)


Pre-heat oven to 180 Celsius (approx 360 Fahrenheit)

Whisk the egg and oil together well. Add banana, and whisk more.

Add cinnamon, apple, sultanas, and mix well.

Add flour and milk, mix well.

Spoon mixture into greased muffin tray, and bake for 15-20 minutes.

And the most important step: nom!