Yum! Those of you who’ve been reading my blog/newsletter for a while will remember my rapturous discovery of cornbread. Cue angel music and golden light. I love the stuff. Well, the other day I looked at all the lemons in a bowl on the kitchen counter (the tree is in over-production mode) and thought, “hmm, lemon cornbread?”
I decided to experiment and the results were yummy. Of course, because I was experimenting, my measurements are rough. But muffins are always forgiving – that’s why I love baking them.
I used a mug instead of a cup, so add a mug of finely ground cornmeal, a mug of self-raising flour, half a mug of sugar, a pinch of salt and half a teaspoon of baking powder to a bowl and stir well with a fork. Then add the zest of two lemons and stir again. Melt about four or five ounces of butter (cut a chunk not quite as big as your palm), leave it to cool a bit (or don’t – cheat like me and add a splash of milk to cool it), then add a teaspoon of vanilla essence to it and about two teaspoons of lemon juice (I like LEMONY flavour). Pour this mix into the dry ingredients. You’ll probably need to add more milk. You want a spongey not quite pourable consistency. Spoon this into a muffin tray that you left in the oven while the oven was heating to 200C (390f). Bake for twelve minutes. My muffin tray is nonstick, so I didn’t grease it. The cornmeal was still a bit gritty when the muffins were ready. Twelve minutes of a hot bake maybe didn’t give it enough time to soften/cook through, but I quite like the grittiness, so I’m calling this a success!
Books by Fabulous Authors
I’d like to thank the following authors who supported the release of Desert Devil by sharing it with their readers. I’ve posted their names and one of their books. If the book has KU after it, then it’s in Kindle Unlimited and free to read for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.
Alicia Montgomery, Killian’s Secret KU Paranormal romance!
Shona Husk, Servant of the Forest Fairytale retelling
Mary Brock Jones, Torn, (I hadn’t heard of an ecological thriller before)
PG Forte, In the Dark (Children of Night series). Gorgeous vampires as you might never have imagined them.
Kallysten, Exiled. A Dragon Shifter novel
Tara Benham, Falling (The Soul Collectors) KU
Thank you all, so much!
From the Garden
Nemesias have to be one of my favourite flowers. They pretty much look after themselves, self-seeding each year and coming up with some stunning colour combinations.
Why I Write the Books I Write
I was thinking about the question of why I write what I write the other week and came up with an answer that goes wider than my books. I guess it’s a life philosophy. I added it to my bio page and shared it on Facebook, but I should have shared it here, too.
Finally, I’ve given my English romance (with a suspense twist) a new cover, and to celebrate, I’ve dropped the price of Sky Garden to 99c. If you haven’t read it, now’s the time to remedy that! And don’t you love the new cover? I think it has a Beauty and the Beast vibe. Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B018J7YW0E