These Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins was the first recipe I ever blogged at Confessions of a Quirky Princess before moving my content over to The Quirky Princess! With TQP’s first birthday a few weeks away, I’m taking you back in time a little.
It’s 1999, Craig David’s Re-Rewind is playing on the radio and I’m fifteen dreaming of sweet sixteen. I absolutely love the radio and can’t ever think of a day where I won’t know what song holds the number one position in the UK charts. Craig David didn’t get to number one with Re-Rewind but it didn’t matter, the hey day of garage was about to begin.
My friends are Rachael, Ruth, Emily and Maggie – we have a cute book covered in Winnie The Pooh stickers in which we write each other notes and the names of the boys we fancy. I can’t think of a time where I won’t know them, they know everything about me – from the insides of sandwiches to what felt like my deepest and darkest secrets.
I’m terrified of never having a boyfriend or being kissed because I’m not exactly cool or pretty. I’m terrified of never being cool or pretty. Never Been Kissed, the movie feels like it could be my legacy! This is before I read Vogue, Economist, The New York Times or had the guts to watch Sex & The City while my parents were asleep or understood the power of eating plants on a person’s life force. All I knew was film and music.
It was an era where there were no apps for music and you waited for the moment your song came on the radio, blasted the volume and did your best to record it on a cassette tape. It was an era where you bought CDs and waited in anticipation for the HMV launch of your favourite artist’s upcoming album and cried that it was sold out by the time you got there.
Thanks to my cool older cousins in London I prefered Trevor Nelson to Chris Moyles, Biggie and Tupac were a crucial part of my early teens. I was probably the only one of my friends who knew of that crazy sexy smooth sound called garage. That even as a fifteen-year-old girl I was planning on studying in London just so I could hit up those clubs that played garage music.
Re-Rewind: Glow Getter Muffins
I still remember the first time I heard Craig David’s Re-Rewind on the radio, it’s still a choon. The other day my sister told me Craig David’s back with a track, When The Bassline Drops and tomorrow I’m to a garage rave. You are as young as you feel right?
I’ve found a better way to frame that idea of course; it’s not so much about being young as it is about having oodles of vitality. You’ve got to keep giving your life force as much vitality as possible and I know there’s more to it than plant power, but my belief is that plant power will help. Whether it’s a rave, being a lady boss or a life in general, we need all the help we can get when it comes to vitality which is why I turn to plant power. Somedays it’s a green smoothie, other days it’s these glow getter muffins!
In this rewind I’m taking you back to the first healthy recipe I ever blogged: lemon and poppy seed muffins (with a few tweaks). I still don’t know much other than a decent choon but now I’ve added plant power to my repertoire. As for being terrified of never being cool or pretty? Somewhere along the way I chose to be a glow getter instead. Bo Selecta!
- (Makes 10)
- 2 cups of gluten-free flour (or regular)
- 5tbsp gluten-free oats (or regular)
- 1tbsp poppy seeds
- 2tsp baking powder
- 1tsp xantham gum (omit if not using gluten free flour)
- 1/2tsp nutmeg
- 1/2tsp cinnamon
- 1/4tsp Himalayan pink salt (or sea salt)
- 1 cup of milk (I used almond, but use whatever)
- 1 egg
- 90ml of sunflower oil
- Zest and juice of one lemon
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1/4 cup of coconut sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 350F and line a muffin tin with ten muffin or cupcake liners.
- Beat all the dry ingredients together.
- Beat all the wet ingredients together.
- Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and bring them together. Spoon batter into the muffin liners equally and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a cooling rack.
- Serve toasted with a little butter.