Today was one of those days where everything that could possibly go wrong did.
I have been planning on sharing two recipes that I have been perfecting, Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins and Split Pea Soup. The soup turned out great the last time I made it, although the vegetables were a little too soft and the peas seemed to take forever to cook. I wanted to try the soup again so that I could fix both of those details. Alas, the soup still did not turn out for me.
The muffins are a whole other story. They hate me. They really, really do.
Somehow they always fail to rise. I figure that it has something to do with the lemon juice and the baking powder reacting too quickly, before they get in the oven. In any event, I have tried this recipe 4 or 5 times now and have eaten so many lemon poppy seed muffins that I wonder if I should just call this one quits already, but somehow I just can’t let these muffins defeat me.
I thought that if I made both the soup and the muffins I would at least have something to share on the blog today. BOTH recipes did not turn out the way I planned. Edible? Yes. Yummy? Yes. Just not exactly blog worthy.
I am so lucky that I have the most amazing husband though. He came home and seeing me flustered in the kitchen with a counter and sink full of dirty dishes, did his best to comfort me with lots of hugs and even rubbed my shoulders to try and help release some of my tension.
I was going on and on about how everything wasn’t going right for me today and how I was tired and disappointed about not having anything to share on my blog, so he suggested that I do what I normally do and just be real and share how bad everything went. I liked that!
So since this is a live learn love eat blog, I figured at least I could share this thought with you (a lesson that seems to keep presenting itself for me to learn), GO WITH THE FLOW! Never try and make things happen when it doesn’t feel right. Life never works when we do that (or at least whenever I do anyways).
I knew upon waking up this morning that I was tired and didn’t feel much like working on recipes or making any extra work for myself today. I honestly felt like sleeping in and being lazy today, but crazy old stubborn perfectionist me just had to fight that feeling and try to do and million and one things. When I did, they didn’t turn out for me AND I got tired and grouchy too. That’s life, reminding me once again to just go with the flow and not fight how I feel.
I finished my dishes, took a bath, read a little and now I sit here surprisingly grateful for this imperfect day. A day that has taught me once again to just slow down and give up control. Tonight I am going to be lazy. I am going to relax with my family and wake up tomorrow, plans surrendered. That is what I have discovered to be the best way to live.
Things always seem to go so much better that way! 🙂
The muffins still look tasty 🙂 are you maybe over mixing it? Try to just get it mixed and put it in the oven.
The basic formula for working sponge/muffins is 1.5 heaped tsp baking powder to 400g self raising flour.
Hope this helped don’t give up!! You will have perfect muffins in no time.
Thanks! I am always careful about over mixing, so I don’t think that is it. When creating recipes using maple syrup instead of sugar it is a bit tricky to get the ratios right. I will get this though! 🙂
How how bout a baking soda / vinegar mixture like they use in vegan cakes?
Mix 1 tsp baking soda into the dry mix, then stir in 1 tsp vinegar at the very end.
I shall try this out. However, upon looking at other healthy muffin recipes, it appears as though not many muffins rise too high anyways. They do taste great so I think I will post them soon, whether they rise or not. Thanks Izzy! 🙂