So the sitch is- I didn’t get to Poppadom Preach III, because a day before I was meant to fly over to Berlin, my rabbit, Buddy, got really sick. On the day of the flight Buddy and I stood in the vets being told they couldn’t know what was wrong with him without hospitalising him- which, if you’ve ever had a rabbit, you’ll know is risky as hell. Little things that only weigh 1kg don’t do well under anesthetic, so if you can, it’s best to avoid it altogether.
It's meant Buddy and I were pretty much holed up in our flat for the past two weeks, me trying to tempt him to eat with every bit of food he’s ever liked, Buddy getting closer and closer to seriously biting me if I try and shove another goddamn sprig of parsley in his face.
But hey! Buddy is finally on the mend. He got about as sick as a rabbit can get, and then after a final trip to the vets a week ago, we were able to get him some more painkillers, and within a few hours he was looking more like his usual self. He’s finally back to full-on-Buddy, and considering how easily rabbits will give up and get themselves in a cycle of refusing to eat, I’m so relieved he pulled through.
In the meantime, Heather, Liv and Zenib pulled off an incredible third night of Poppadom Preach with one lady down, and the food, by all accounts, was amazing. I was gutted not to make it over- I’d been looking forward to it for MONTHS. But seeing what they managed to do with just a few hour’s prep is brilliant. They raised over £200 for Give Something Back to Berlin, and I’m super proud of them. This Poppadom Preach sold out in THREE HOURS, so we’ll be holding more, and bigger dinners, later in the year. WATCH. THIS. SPACE.
While all this was going on I stayed at home to look after Buddy, sorted out my tax receipts, took online tests to see if I could join MI5 as a super spotter as a side hustle (spoiler: scored 100% in 3 out of 4 tests) and made these muffins. I thought I’d have time for loads of shit but basically, looking after Buddy really took it out of me! Props to anyone that looks after small children when they’re ill, it must be 100 times as hard!
These muffins are a pretty standard recipe- I just looked up a generic chocolate chip muffin recipe and replaced the egg with egg replacer. They’re great if you want a breakfast that’s a bit of a treat, or are seeing a few friends and want to bring something small as a vegan option for something sweet. They’re not too ostentatious, is the thing. But there’s something about finally finding vegan chocolate drops and stirring them all into the muffin batter that I just love. All’s well that ends well.
House Arrest Chocolate Chip Muffins
Prep: 20 minutes/ Baking: 30 minutes / Makes: 10 muffins
300 g self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
50 g vegan margarine
80 g caster sugar
150 g dark or white chocolate chips
2 Egg replacer eggs (follow the directions on the pack of your chosen egg replacer)
225 ml non-dairy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 200 c / 400 f
2. Line 12 muffin cases.
3. Mix the flour and baking powder together in a large bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Then stir in the sugar and the chocolate chips.
4. In a separate bowl combine the egg replacer mixture , non-dairy milk and vanilla extract together, then pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture.
5. Spoon even amounts of the batter into the muffin cases and bake for 15-20 minutes or until risen, golden and firm to touch.
6. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes. then transfer to a cooling rack of serve straight away.