Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nothing Goes To Waste

I believe in life, as in the kitchen, that nothing should go to waste.
Time, opportunity, inspiration, talent, hope, love; these are all gifts of the universe that should never be easily discarded.
There are an infinite number of minutes that my human heart will beat in this life; we all pass through time much faster than we would like.
Opportunities are often only presented to us once, take adventure in your hands when it comes flowing into your life; just give into the ride sometimes.
Inspiration, that thread of our muse's laughter that we catch the barest whisper of at times. Follow it's song, you never know what parts of your soul you may uncover.
Don't hide your light under a bushel, or a life not lived. When you feed your talent, when you let it shine and make use of it in your life; you are not only filling your life with light, you are shining it on others.
Hope. Four letters whose power can never be underestimated. The binding agent for all of human kind. The protector of our hearts and souls in the darkest of times.
There is no greater crime in this life than to waste an opportunity to love. Show your love for those who are closest to your heart. Let others love you in return.
Fall shamelessly every day.
Never waste these gifts, for you never know when there will be none left to open.

When it comes to food, I don't believe in waste either. So when I remembered the fresh blueberries I had purchased on the weekend were still sitting in the fridge I knew that I needed to get baking.
Fresh blueberries (especially when they are on sale) are a real gift in Brisbane. They have a short lifespan here in this hot climate and so whenever I see them in the supermarket I treat myself to a punnet.
Unfortunately I forgot about them, and so now they have new life in these muffins that will be enjoyed by my co-workers for morning tea tomorrow.
Friendship, and an opportunity to foster it, is another gift that should not be left to waste.

Blueberry Muffins
Adapted from '100 Favourite Muffins and Slices' by Simon and Alison Holst

1 - 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup plain wholemeal flour
3/4 cup self raising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup apple purée
3/4 cup golden caster sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large egg
1/4 cup plain yoghurt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence


  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line 18 holes of two regular muffin pans with paper.
  2. Mix together flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together apple purée, sugar, oil, egg, yoghurt and vanilla.
  4. Add flour to wet ingredient mix and stir until just combined (there should be some streaks of flour still visible).
  5. Add blueberries and gently (very gently) fold through mixture so that you avoid breaking up the berries.
  6. Spoon mixture between the cases and gently slide pans into the oven.
  7. Bake for about 12 - 15 minutes, then remove from oven and allow to cool in tins for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on wire racks.


  1. another great post dear friend. so true that we often take things for granted and they end up going to waste. usually i pride myself in taking advantage of all my moments but simple things like stress can throw me off my path for a bit.

    i still have yet to make homemade muffins but these just sound so good...maybe this weekend!?!

  2. I'm with you, I hate waste. I feel so ashamed whenever i throw away something because its gone bad and I haven't used it.
    Beautiful muffins, what a great way to use up some blueberries!
    *kisses* HH

  3. I am with you in hating wasting things too, especially food, but most of all my time. I have a tendency to feel like I'm being lazy and don't ever deserve to have a break, and am therefore wasting the precious seconds that I do have to do something productive.

    Love the recipe though. Wish I had some blueberries to make something with.

  4. waste...ahhh, i hate letting anything go to waste! haha..i get made fun of for some of the things i reuse. but once again, ur opening prose is unbeatable. i really like the parts about opportunities and never letting one slip by. some of the best things that have happened in my life came from unexpected blessings that i grabbed ahold of and refused to let go.

    thank u chickpea, u always rock my socks off. :)

  5. This is a great recipe: no butter, little sugar and lots of awesome stuff!

    Thanks for posting it.
    Mike @TheIronYou