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Archive for March, 2010

Apple Teacake Muffins

A bit more than a month ago, a friend made fabulous banana muffins one afternoon when we were by. I’ve since been on a bit of a muffin kick:-) I didn’t actually have any muffin recipes, so I had to go looking. I’ve made a reasonable banana muffin, a regular Carrot and Sultana muffin, and a worth attempting again with changes Cheese and Chutney muffin. They’ve all been perfectly edible, but nothing like the wonder that were K’s muffins:-) (She was somewhat distracted and brain-fried at the time, so not convinced that she had followed the recipe perfectly—and couldn’t recall what she’d done… and I didn’t think to get the recipe at the time.)

Recently though, she found the recipe and passed it on (with the caveat that she had no idea what she might have done to it). I did them almost as was (I did change the white flour for a mix of white and wholemeal, and I don’t have white sugar, only a slightly less processed one, which does tend to be a touch sweeter), and they were pretty good:-) Certainly enough better than my other banana muffin recipe, that I’ll use it.

Today, I decided to use it as the base for

Apple Teacake Muffins
125 grams butter, melted
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 dash milk
1 cup apple, grated
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 egg
1 cup flour, white
1 cup flour, wholemeal
½ teaspoon bicarb soda
3 teaspoons baking powder
cinnamon and sugar

Grate the apple. Melt butter in the microwave and mix in. Add the sugar, eggs, essence and milk, and mix well.
Add flours, baking powder, bicarb and cinnamon and fold through (I usually stir this up a little on the top, before mixing it into the wet mix).
Spoon into 36 mini-muffin tins, and sprinkle the top with the cinnamon and sugar. (I like to use the mini-muffin trays so that you can have more:-) It also means little stomachs are more likely to get through a whole muffin:-) )
Bake at 190˚C for 15 minutes, turn around and bake for another 5.
Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes before tipping out.

They smell great, but I suspect they could do with a bit more cinnamon:-)

Geography: Thailand

First Monday: Location. (Once again, he’ll use the atlas to identify Thailand on a world map.)
First Tuesday: Flag.
First Wednesday: Language.
First Thursday: Animals.
First Friday: Music. (Folk songs/dancing) Some links from youTube are here.
Second Monday: Features. (Cities, Mountains, Rivers)
Second Tuesday: Famous People.
Second Wednesday: Language.
Second Thursday: Culture. (Currency, festivals, population, religion)
Second Friday: Art/Craft.
Second Saturday: Food.

Books
*Welcome to Thailand
*Thailand (World of Recipes)
*Thailand (Festivals of the World)
Elephant Hospital
Culture in Thailand
Thailand (Focus on Asia)
Thailand (Countries of the World)
A Tale of Two Rice Birds: A Folktale from Thailand

When Irish Eyes are Smiling

There’s an .mp3 here.

There’s a tear in your eye,
And I’m wondering why,
For it never should be there at all.
With such pow’r in your smile,
Sure a stone you’d beguile,
So there’s never a teardrop should fall.
When your sweet lilting laughter’s
Like some fairy song,
And your eyes twinkle bright as can be;
You should laugh all the while
And all other times smile,
And now, smile a smile for me.

When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, ’tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy,
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, they steal your heart away.

For your smile is a part
Of the love in your heart,
And it makes even sunshine more bright.
Like the linnet’s sweet song,
Crooning all the day long,
Comes your laughter and light.
For the springtime of life
Is the sweetest of all
There is ne’er a real care or regret;
And while springtime is ours
Throughout all of youth’s hours,
Let us smile each chance we get.

When Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, ’tis like the morn in Spring.
In the lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
When Irish hearts are happy,
All the world seems bright and gay.
And when Irish eyes are smiling,
Sure, they steal your heart away.

Geography: Vietnam

First Monday: Location. (I’ve found a world map I’ll use, and just set him to find the country in the atlas, and identify it on the map)
First Tuesday: Flag.
First Wednesday: Language. Milet Bilingual Visual Dictionary: English-Vietnamese
First Thursday: Animals.
First Friday: Music. (Folk songs/dancing)
Second Monday: Features. (Cities, Mountains, Rivers)
Second Tuesday: Famous People. Ho Chi Minh It’s really a bit old for him, but it will do. There’s a reasonable timeline at the back, and decent pictures throughout.
Second Wednesday: Language.
Second Thursday: Culture. (Currency, festivals, population, religion) Tet: Vietnamese New Year, Asian Holidays, Festivals of the World: Vietnam
Second Friday: Art/Craft. Weaving. (We’ve got some of a guy on SBS visiting Vietnam and learning about the food, we’ll try and watch that in preparation for the food.)
Second Saturday: Food.

Books
(These seem reasonable… but there are no stand out books this time.)
Vietnam: Land/Vietnam: Peoples/Vietnam: Cultures
Vietnam
A Family from Vietnam
Vietnam: Still Struggling, Still Spirited
Australia’s Neighbours: Vietnam
To Swim in Our Own Pond: Ta Ve Ta Tam Ao Ta : A Book of Vietnamese Proverbs
The Vietnamese in Australia