February 2, 2012

By Special Delivery from America

I was feeling panicky. I was baking muffins, big giant muffins, and what did I see in my cupboard? Or rather, what did I NOT see enough of in my cupboard? Muffin liners. Yikes! Everybody knows that for a proper muffin you need a paper cup, it's just not the same without one. Plus then you scrub your pan like crazy afterwards.

If you've been reading this blog, you will  know that my relationship with South Africa regarding baking supplies is a bit strained. We just don't seem to see eye to eye, the two of us. Finding paper muffin liners for regular size muffins would be enough of a challenge, I'm sure, but I knew there was not even a sliver of hope of finding liners for those jumbo muffin cups I have. I have them from the U.S. of course, and I ordered them from Amazon together with the liners I was now running out of. What to do?


Nothing much, it turns out. For who do you think came to the rescue? A reader, of course! We had been emailing back and forth for a while about this and that expat question, and  now he was planning a business trip to South Africa prior to moving here. More or less just at the moment I was standing there staring at my muffin cup situation, I received another email with estimated travel dates and did I need anything from the U.S.? Muffin cups, was my immediate reply. You have never seen me type so fast. And drammamine non-drowsy, s'il-vous-plait - that had also been in the back of my mind.

So at the end of last week, I received my muffin cups via personal delivery. Thank you Ian! He must have overestimated my baking prowess, because he brought me an entire stack of muffin cups. Six boxes of 48 cups each, to be precise. Each double batch makes twelve muffins, so I now have enough cups for 24 double batches. That's a lot of giant muffins. Anybody have any good muffin recipes? Noisette, for one, will be very pleased with my newfound muffin mania. Except if I make the bran kind, so please don't bother with those if indeed you have a recipe to share. The nutella cupcakes I made the other day were more to his liking.


These are my jumbo lemon poppyseed muffins. Except I forgot the actual poppyseeds
in some of them, causing another slight panic because "lemon muffins" just doesn't
sound very good, even though I can assure you they taste delicious all the same.

My stack of muffin cups via door-to-door delivery from Amazon (and Ian:-)

It now occurs to me that perhaps I should keep an updated wishlist on Amazon and publish it here on my blog in regular intervals.

5 comments :

Bing said...
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Bing said...

Lol!

I love your lemon poppyseed muffins!

When I run out of giant cupcake liners, I cut baking paper into large square sheets and stuff them into the muffin pans. They look like leaf petals with a muffin.

http://www.cakieshq.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/goji-berry-blueberry-honey-muffin-3.jpg

Sine said...

Bing, I knew you'd like this post:-) And I put the right amount of sugar in them this time, they were super. Great suggestion on the leaf petals, that's a good idea. Though as I said, I'm good for the next, oh, 10 years...

BTW, i'll have to go over to your blog now and leave a comment on your blueberry muffins, made them yesterday and they were fabulous!!! (as you can see, I am serious about my new muffin-making mania).

W. A. Jeffrey said...

What was it like day in day out having the contrasting color cabinets in the kitchen? In my housing searches I have seen a few places with kitchens like that and I have wondered if it gets a bit wearing over time?

Sine said...

Only bothered me for about 2 minutes on first sight, then got used to it. Just having enough cabinets is what counted in the end. (And having help putting things back in them:-)