We just arrived at the midpoint of summer break, and my young daughter is enjoying camps, reading books, excited to go places, having play dates in between. Rather than planning a formal vacation, we have been spending a few days at a time exploring here and there, and trying to beat the surprisingly hot weather that we’ve had in the Pacific Northwest.
Kids enjoy variety in foods, and this is what I am always after. With the summer in full swing, there are more meals at home, and my daughter is always wondering what she’ll find at the table. For breakfast, fresh fruits are always part of the meal, and given the season, berries, cherries, currants, apricots, etc. take center of our table, as we try to enjoy them at their peak, which won’t last long.
We also love steel cut Irish oatmeal that requires slow cooking and stirring for at least 20 minutes. No sugar added, just a sprinkle of cinnamon or simply stone fruit in between spoonfuls. Oatmeal fills you so that you can get to lunchtime without cravings or the need for a snack.
My daughter slowly warmed up to oatmeal; although she wasn’t fond of it at first, today she asks for seconds.
Rounding out the breakfast are muffins – I tried this time to bake something different: a simple muffin, in a cup, in the oven. Visually appetizing and different. Everyone enjoyed one, and we finished our breakfast happy and ready to face the day.
We will be off for a few days, and I will share with you our getaway upon my return. It will of course be accompanied by the food and dishes we’ll enjoy along the way. I leave you with this simple muffin for breakfast, goûter or snack. Will be back soon! Enjoy the sunny days!
- 2½ cups self-raising flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup (220g) sugar
- ½ cup (125ml) vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- ½ cup (125ml) milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- powder sugar, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl. Place the oil, egg, milk and vanilla in a separate bowl and whisk to combine.Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Spoon mixture into a individual cup and bake. Bake for 30–35 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
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