Sunday Post: Spoonie Planning + Bacon, Apple Muffins
Following are my top tips for surviving an event like this that will just EAT energy/spoons.
- Save as many spoons as you can - rest up the day before (at least) & go to bed as early as you can.
- Plan for a worst case scenario & give yourself an 'escape route'
- Research, research, research. The more you know about the event, the venue, the weather etc. the more prepared you will be
- Double check accessibility of the venue etc. especially if you use a wheelchair. If you don't, check that there are places you can sit to rest. If there aren't you may want to take a collapsible chair, seriously.
- Pack smart, you don't want to waste spoons lugging around a huge amount of stuff so narrow down what you need ahead of time & ONLY bring what you have to have.
- Rest as much as you can during the day, maybe even take an eye mask & noise cancelling headphones so you can really rest.
- Know how you can 'borrow' spoons. The best way for me is food & that food has to have protein in it...hence the bacon apple muffins.
|Okay they're not lookers but believe me they taste like nothing else!|
Bacon Apple Muffinsrecipe based on this recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction & something from this episode of Diners, Drive Ins & Dives
makes about 12 regular sized muffins
200g pancetta/streaky bacon cut into small pieces
1 finely chopped apple
about 2-3tbsps maple syrup
a small amount of butter (about 5g...maybe 10g)
30g butter, melted
60g wholemeal flour
15g caster sugar
15g whole porridge oats
115g butter, at room temperature
75g light brown sugar
50g granulated sugar
1/2 cup. (120ml) sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. maple extract
220g plain flour
1 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 cup. (60ml) milk
1 apple, chopped pretty small
- Cook the bacon slowly over a low-medium heat until nearly all the fat has rendered out
- Stir in the apple & cook until the apple has softened & browned slightly.
- Tip the apple, bacon mixture on paper towels to drain & then transfer into a bowl to cool off.
- Whilst the mixture is cooling heat the maple syrup in a pan until it is really bubbling & the bubbles are releasing a steam/smoke as they pop, then stir in just enough butter for the mixture to go a light, creamy caramel colour. Stir this into the bacon, apple mixture & allow to cool completely
- Stir together the wholemeal flour, caster sugar & oats until evenly distributed.
- Pour in the melted butter & stir through with a fork (instant crumble topping)
- Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7, 220 degrees C or 425 degrees F.
- Cream together the butter & sugars
- Beat in the eggs, sour cream, the vanilla extract & the maple extract.
- Slowly whisk in the spices, flour, bicarbonate of soda & baking powder.
- Stir in the milk
- Fold in the chopped apple.
- Spoon the batter into a lined muffin pan, spoon over a good amount of the bacon apple mixture & then about a tsp. of the crumble mixture.
- Bake for 5 mins at gas mark 7 & then for about 20-25 minutes at gas mark 4, 350 F or 180 C.
Let me know what you think of the muffins & if the post was at all helpful....a lot of the way I plan for surviving events is kind of instinct at this point, I would seriously struggle to remember all the steps.