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Friday, December 4, 2009

Winter Food Series: Today, Savoury Healthy Muffins!

The ingredients

The batter

The baked result

The meal

It's icy cold outside... Artic temperature, wind blowing, wild horses can't drag me out today. So it's 'hibernating food' for lunch/dinner again. What do I find this time ?

A pack of frozen ham, some frozen broccoli. What else do I find in the fridge and around? Carrots, milk, eggs, a pack grated cheese... And of course, onions (always have them). Found half pack of semolina as well. And this will be my lunch.

Savoury semolina muffins


  • 250 ml milk
  • 50 gm Semolina
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 small stick carrot (cut into fine cubes)
  • 2 small (or 1 large) onions (chop/cut very fine)
  • 100 gm flour (sieved with ½ tsp of baking powder and ½ tsp natron)
  • 3 eggs
  • ....bake! But how?


Heat up the milk. As soon as it starts to boil, turn off flame and add semolina.

Add salt and sugar, mix thoroughly and set aside to cool.

Heat up 2 tbsp cooking oil in a pan, add onions and slowly let them 'sweat' till they start to brown.

Add carrots, cook a further minute and set aside to cool as well.

Whip up the eggs till foamy.

Put the cooled ingredients (semolina and onions with carrots), ham and the grated cheese into a large bowl. Mix well.

Add in flour. If the mixture is too dry, just add milk: the batter should be like a thick pancake consistency.

Do not over mix otherwise the muffins will become chewy.

At this stage, I found the batter too pale. So I add in broccoli. Found a few bits of dried cranberries so I put them in as well. Then I decided to add 'substance' to make it real healthy -– a handful of dried Goji berries went in too.

A friend gave me a silicon muffin tray cos she didn't know what to do with it. It is not stable. Very soft and 'spineless'.

Hmmm.... what to do ?

Easy: place the silicon in a tray to bake. After baking, just remove the tray and let it cool for 10 minutes before flipping over the silicon. The muffins just fell out.

It is not too bad. It is non-stick, easy to clean. The muffins are crispy on the outside and soft and juicy inside.