With the holidays season in full swing, these Apple Cornmeal Flax Muffins are a healthy breakfast or dessert in between all the wine, cheese and other treats we indulge in this time of year. After a weekend of stuffing my face, I crave fruit and fiber – an apology to my body for having no will power when I see a cheese platter. I’ve fully accepted that as I get older, I can no longer eat with total reckless abondon, and need to be kind to my stomach even during the holidays.
Apple Cornmeal Flax Muffins
This past fall, my girlfriends and I spent the day apple picking at Puddicombe Estate Farms, an annual tradition. With a bushel of fruit in my fridge the possibilities were endless! Over the past month I made lots of cider, apple crisp, apple butter and for my last five precious apples I decided to bake these muffins. Easy to make and a quick, portable breakfast or snack, my boyfriend and I are big muffin fans and when we bake together, we like to throw in all kinds of different ingredients and try out new flavour combinations.
One of my staple dishes I like to make during the holidays is a cornmeal and apple stuffing, such a tasty pairing! This inspired me to include some cornmeal to add some natural sweetness and density. While I added a bit of brown sugar, they are mainly sweetened with honey and the apples. To add to the heartiness, I also threw in some ground flax seeds for extra fiber. Packed full of apples with some cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for that holiday spice, these muffins are a healthy sweet treat.
Fried eggs with tomatoes, lamb fried in bone marrow and PEC rye bread
O.M.G. What have I done? How will I ever top this ULTIMATE breakfast?
The day started out like any other Saturday. My boyfriend and I slept in, he claimed the bathroom, and I started making breakfast. I hadn’t planned on anything special, but then I noticed the leftover roast lamb sitting in the fridge, and I thought “lamb for breakfast? Is that too much? Hell no!”. But frying up some lamb in boring old olive oil didn’t seem too exciting, I knew I could take it to the next level. Then I remembered all the tasty bone marrow sitting in a mason jar from the bone broth we’ve been regularly making. Fry up the tender lamb in some rich bone marrow? Now we’re talking! There also happened to be some Prince Edward County rye bread that I picked up from Costco this past week, and since I’d gone this far, I added some fried tomato slices on the side. Whoa! Can you handle all this goodness?
My boyfriend was mightily impressed when he came down the stairs for breakfast and needless to say, this ultimate breakfast held us over until dinner time.
2015 was a pretty good year for me. I moved this blog over to a self hosting site and have diligently blogged once a week ever since. My boyfriend and I traveled on our first big trip together to Turkey and it was incredible. We had two amazing camping adventures together during the summer and later in the year relaxed in Mexico while celebrating my best friend getting married. I watched a lot of fantastic horror movies. The best horror movie of the year was “It Follows” though technically I saw it at the 2014 TIFF, so I would say my favourite horror movie I saw last year was “The Final Girls”, also at TIFF. Finally I created and ate lots of delicious dishes, my top Instagram posts below!
Most of all I just feel so lucky to be surrounded by wonderful friends & family (and two fluffy cats), and that we all made it through another year with good health and happiness. I try to never take for granted the freedom that I have living in Canada.
So 2016, what will you bring? I resolve to always be kinder, more positive, more patient and spread love. I resolve to try to do more good deeds and to take care of those I love. And of course, I resolve to keep up with my blogging!