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Feta, olive and sun dried tomato muffins for my care basket!

Posted on April 23, 2013 by in baked goods, cheese

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Feta, olive and sun dried tomatoes,  a killer combination in muffins, salads or even pizzas, but add caring and love to the mix and you have a winning combination every time.

Feta, the much debated and fought over cheese  that completes a Greek salad and  spanakopita. Baked and served with olive oil and fresh herbs such as oregano, it is just as delicious. The name “feta” has been protected by  EU legislation, that states that only cheese made in the traditional way with sheep and goat’s milk can be called feta. All other similar cheeses should be called “salad cheese or “greek Style cheese”. The organization’s European Court awarded Greek feta “protected designation of origin” status. That designation was created to assure the quality of traditional food products, including prosciutto di Parma, Roquefort cheese and Kalamata olives.

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One of my family’s favorite weeknight meals, is  a simple Spicy Rice dish with crumbled feta, dirt cheap, easy to make and yet so delicious! If the children find one of my Feta Cheese Puffs  in their lunch boxes, they think they have the coolest mom on the block! Speaking about Cheese Puffs, very similar to the muffin recipe I share with you today……………

In the last couple of months, cancer has entered the sacredness of my circle of friends. First we go through anger, disbelief and then sadness and fear, that you might actually lose someone you love so dearly. Yet, although we are very close and we feel as if our friendships will last a lifetime, our fears are nothing compared to the real feelings of the victims. I just chose cancer as an example, but  people, neighbors and friends around us are dealing with major issues such as the death or sickness  of  a loved one and most of the time we feel so helpless. Nothing we do or say can take their pain away!

I have learned again this week, that we are not suppose to take their pain away, that is how they grow, that is how we grow as human beings.

“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.”
Joseph Addison

The best we can and must do is to sweat the small stuff for them, fetch the kids, cook supper, empty the rubbish bags, do the dishes. All insignificant little tasks for us, but for  them, it is major things to deal with.

We read about bombing in Boston and earthquakes in Japan and  although we are horrified, we  are still sitting in the comfort of our own living rooms, not really affected. Sometimes however, life hits you in the face…BANG! Suddenly you are made aware of how precious life is.  Friends, family  and yes, complete strangers  helped us through a really tough time recently and the only way we can ever repay their kindness is to pay it forward. Kindness in the form of a phone call, a shopping trip, a load of washing, ironing, cooking supper……even just a sincere prayer.

Let’s just do it! Let’s just care for others, as we would like for someone to care about us.

These feta, olive and sun dried tomato muffins are just perfect for breakfast, lunch boxes or a “care-basket” for a beloved friend. They will warm the hearts of the giver as well as the receiver!

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Feta, olive and sun dried tomato muffins

yields 16 big muffins

Ingredients

750 ml  self raising flour

15 ml baking powder

125 ml grated parmesan cheese

5 ml paprika

10 ml dried herbs

200 g feta cheese – crumbled

240 g Ina Paarman sundried tomato quarters

125 ml pitted black olives

pinch of salt

2 jumbo eggs

125 ml vegetable oil

125 ml milk

Method

Preheat oven to 180 C.  Spray muffin pans with Spray n Cook. Mix all the dry ingredients as well as the tomatoes, olives and 100 g of the feta cheese in a mixing bowl. Beat the eggs and milk together and  mix with the dry ingredients. If the mixture is too dry, add more milk until you have a soft spoon-able mixture. Place  spoonfuls of the mixture into muffins pans and top with the remaining feta. Bake for 20-25 minutes and serve with butter  and grated cheese.

This weekend I will be cooking at the SA Cheese Festival in the DStv theater every day at 2pm. Come cook along or just say hello. Great prizes and recipe ideas to share.

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4 Responses to “Feta, olive and sun dried tomato muffins for my care basket!”

  1. Herna 23 April 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Love the feta and sun-dried tomato muffin recipe!! Amazing!

  2. Annette 24 April 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Jou blog is nie net vol heerlike resepte nie, maar is ook ‘n inspirasie vir ek dink elkeen wat dit lees.
    xx

  3. marcie 1 May 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    Hi daar die resep vir 12 muffins van feta, olives en sun dried tomatoes – kan ek dit in ‘n klein brood pannetjie bak ?

    • nerinatimm 1 May 2013 at 10:00 pm #

      Ja, beslis, dis heerlik by ‘n braai!


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