After 4 days of fighting with a fever and flu virus, I just manage to look beyond the covers of my bed. It was a rather rough week with both Soeren and me down suffering with, probably the worst flu bug ever. Both of of us had temperatures in the 40s (Celsius). When it would sink with one of us, it would rise with the other. We're not completely over it, as we still feel the weakness it left behind, making anything even more then walking down the stairs a true ordeal, but at least we know we won the fight and are on the road to recovery.
So why am I sitting in front of my notebook and writing a post. Well simply because, I needed a way to share my feelings. I needed to share the emotion that has filled up inside of me. Maybe I am still a bit disillusional due to the medicaments I am taking so I am hoping you will allow me to indulge in my little emotional spree.
There is one huge reason why we were able to make the recovery so smoothly. Like a strong pillar to lean on, my Tom went to all lengths and looked after us like no one else I have ever come across. As I went into the second day of high temperature he wrapped cold towels around my calves - to help get the fever to sink. He cooked, cleaned and tried to pamper us with fresh fruit salad. Yes, folks, I do have the best one around. I could go on and on, but I won't because I am not up to it right now. I know he knows it but just in case he ever needs confirmation .....
Now to the muffins (no I'm not getting any soppier than that). I had actually made these muffins a while back when we were all felling fit and healthy. They are an exotic dream. Smooth, moist and fruity. Not too sweet and full of flavor. They were actually to be a part of this event created by the lovely Elena, but alas that flu! Nonetheless, I did not want you to miss out on these muffins.
I hope you enjoy them.
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon all-spice
180g brown sugar
2 large eggs - beaten
3 tablespoons natural yogurt. As an alternative you can also use a pineapple or banana flavored yogurt).
1 tablespoon vanilla aroma
75g pineapple - cut in small cubes
30g grated coconut
1 ripe banana - sliced
For the topping
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon all-spice
20g grated coconut
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Line a muffin tin with 12 muffin paper forms.
In a large mixing bowl sieve together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and all-spice. In another bowl beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs, yogurt and vanilla aroma and beat for another few minutes.
Now add the sliced banana, pineapple and coconut to the mixture and gently mix with a rubber spatula. Pour this into the dry mixture and work into a dough, making sure not to over-mix. The dough is best when it is slightly lumpy.
Divide the dough into the muffin forms making sure not to fill more that two-thirds full.
For the topping mix the sugar and the all-spice. Sprinkle the muffins first with the the sugar/spice mix then the coconut. Place the muffin tray into the oven and bake for approx. 20 minutes.
Take out and allow to cool.
This is how we enjoyed our muffins: Still warm with a large scoop of vanilla ice-cream
We enjoyed every last muffin. The first ones were naturally the best. I served them as a dessert, still warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. A real exotic treat for the family.
These muffins tasted great a few days later too as the flavor of the all-spice had time to blend into the muffins more. Adding the all-spice was really a great idea as it harmonized with the exotic flavors of the the fruit so well. That's why I named them "Exotica!"
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