Blueberry muffins are one of my favourite treats.

I try not to have them too often but i love them but these one with the addition of lemon are my current favourite version, although while i was making these i found myself thinking about how delightful a lemon curd centre would be. Maybe next time.

I love food and cooking is my time for me. Cooking calms me down and helps me process everything that is going on, it’s an escape for me.

I taught mysef to cook not long after i moved to Brisbane, it was the first time i had lived more than 10 minutes away from my Mum and i only knew 2 people here. It was a really difficult time for me. My previous relationship had ended really badly and compounded how bad the relationship prior to that was (I made really terrible decisions about the men i dated when i was younger) and i had battled depression before i moved here, at the time i thought moving away from the small country town i lived in would help, i thought it would be better if i moved away from all the people who knew what had happened and who i thought were judging me.

It did help but not immediately. Because i didn’t know anyone and it took my almost 6 months to find a job here i was at home alone alot and as i had seen a therapist when i had depression i understood how to recognise my triggers and i could feel it happening again.

I knew i needed to do something to help me cope, i had always loved watching Jamie Oliver (he is my food idol) and one day i was watching an episode of the Naked Chef and i happened to have almost all the ingredients for the pasta he made at home and it looked so good so i decided to make it for dinner. It turned out pretty good, and i was surprised by how easy i found it and how much i enjoyed cooking it.

From that day i cooked almost everyday and i found it helped, people enjoyed the food i made. It helped me make friends and even though i was home and couldn’t do much it gave me something to look forward to and talk to people about. Cooking changed my life and i tell people even know Jamie Oliver taught me to cook, it sounds funny even to me, but for the few months almost every dish i made was a Jamie Oliver dish.

Now almost 10 years on and i still love cooking, if i had a bad day at work, or i’m stressed or upset cooking helps. Cooking takes my mind off everything else thats going on and gives me time to step away from all of that and just focus on what i am doing. I love cooking and i want to share my love of cooking with you. I hope you have or will try some of my recipes and i would love to hear about your experiences with cooking, do you love it or hate it? Do you have memories of cooking with your Mum or Grandma?

Blueberry & Lemon Muffins

Recipe adapted from Sally’s Master Muffin Mix

Makes: 15

Ingredients

  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups frozen blueberries

Method

Preheat oven to 220 degrees.

Place the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and mix until all dry ingredients are combined. Set aside.

Pour the milk into a measuring jug and add the lemon juice.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until combined. Whisk in milk and lemon juice, oil, and vanilla extract. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix everything together. Gently mix until all the flour is off the bottom of the bowl and no big pockets of flour remain. The batter will be very thick.

Add the blueberries and fold through until well dispursed.

Spary a cupcakes tray with cooking spray and 3 holes of a second tray as well. Spoon batter into prepared tins, filling all the way to the top.

Bake muffins at 220 degrees for 5 minutes. Then reduce oven temperature to 190 degrees and continue to bake for 25 minutes until tops are lightly golden. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the tray before removing them.

Store muffins in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Enjoy!

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2 comments on “Blueberry & Lemon Muffins”

  1. This is a truly awesome post or blog Rach. I love that you’ve been brave enough to keep it raw and real. If even one person finds strength in this, not to mention the many who will find a great recipe, you have done so much more than you know in publishing it. Again really awesome

    • Thanks Pat. I was unsure about posting it but I am really glad I did. It think it’s important to be honest with yourself and I want to share my journey with others.

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