Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Festival Bruffins

As I mentioned in my previous post, Mr von S and I attended a music festival in July - a camping festival at that, and a first for both of us.

The last time I actually camped was in 2004, when I worked as a counsellor at a summer camp in New Hampshire, USA. It's hard to believe it was seven years ago. In fact, really hard to believe! Never the less, it had been a while since either of us had camped, and I was a little worried as to how we would fare. In the past seven years, I'd say I've become a bit prissier than my 19 year old self, so if I was going to do this camping thing, I was going to do it right.

That little red tent behind me was our home for three nights!
We arranged to hire a tent from a company who would also pitch the tent for us before we arrived and take it down after we'd left. It certainly took a lot of stress out of having to purchase a tent and then wrestle with tent pegs, guy ropes and flys. In addition to this, we wanted to have as much non-perishable food as we could get, in case the price of food at the festival ground exceeded our budgets or the quality didn't meet our standard. Our house mate had warned us of both, so we made sure we were prepared. Fruit, nuts, rice cakes, vegemite, muesli and UHT/long life milk in individual portions. We ended up bringing a number of things with us as we overstocked and ended up eating a couple of times as the festival grounds - I had a great organic tofu burger one night and a drunken slice of pizza, not so great.

One thing that we did manage to finish before the end of the festival (apart from a bottle of vodka!) was a batch of muffins I had baked, envisaging that we would eat them for breakfast. The muffins were a great idea - they were moist, filling and lasted very well in a Tupperware container. Of course, they didn't end up being just a breakfast food - we did managed a couple after a disco nap one night (10pm-3am). They fuelled us for a good couple of hours, while those around us looked very much the worse for wear; although I'm not sure if it was thanks to the muffins or the fact that we'd actually gotten some sleep!

I've made these muffins a further three times since the festival, with some tweaks to the original recipe. I think I'll probably tweak this recipe some more - I feel that the 1/2 cup of oil is really far too much, and would like to use something more nutrient dense. If you have suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Festival Br (eakfast M) uffins
Apple, cinnamon, oatmeal, walnut muffins
Makes 13-16 muffins

Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Grease muffins pans


1½ cups whole wheat flour (or half whole/half plain flour if you don't like it too whole wheaty. Coconut flour is also great in this recipe)
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup sugar
cinnamon to taste (I like lots, approx 2 tbsp)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk or water
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½-2 cups chopped apples (approx 1 medium apple)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts


In a large bowl, stir together flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Make a well in centre of dry ingredients and add wet ingredients - milk/water, eggs, oil, and vanilla, stirring just to combine. Stir in apple and walnuts.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Allow muffins to cool on a wire rack for five minutes before removing from pan to continue cooling.

Enjoy! xo
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  1. How wonderful that you have festival food!! I don't think I've ever been camping in my life! So this sounds like such a big adventure to me :)

  2. I don't know how, but we're now going camping through Germany for the next two weeks :S An adventure it certainly will be! Wish me luck!!


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