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Muffins-What the heck is a punnet? 
May 25, 2013 9:34 am 
Updated: Jul. 29, 2013 5:58 am

     I never really took notice of the bottom of the page on All Recipes where countries are listed until recently.  If you click on any of the countries, you can take a virtual trip and score some good recipes. Not only did I get a few recipes while cruising the Australian site, I also learned a few Australian words that I had to google. So, surf the Australian site or any country courtesy of All Recipes. You might just learn a few things along the way and find some great recipes. 

Australian All Recipes Site

     I have been on a muffin kick lately. I don't know if it's just a Crazy Lela thing, but I crave muffins this month.  I also think muffins are so lovely to photograph.  

     If you make the delectable blueberry muffins, be careful not to put to much batter in each muffin cup or this is what you will get. The recipe makes more batter than my 12 cup muffin tin would hold. I love my old muffin bake ware. There is a patina on the muffin tin that only comes with years of use.  My Mother-In-Law never used liners when she made muffins. She would bake the muffins right in the pan. She gave me some advice, do not use an SOS or Brillo pad on your muffin tins.  Wash the pans gently and your muffins will never stick to the pan. Of course, you do have to spray with Cooking Spray (Pam.) This pan is not very pretty, but the muffins never stick to the pan. Wouldn't muffin toppers be great for this recipe!

I had to giggle when I first looked at the photo below. My mom would have a conniption fit because of the placement of the fork   and the fact the knife is turned in the wrong direction. So, I apologize to all of you who think I should know better.  However, that is what you get in Crazy Lela's Kitchen- rules go out the window.

Bake at 350 degrees F. The recipe stated 200 degrees F. which I think was a mistake. 

Ingredients: Please note you will have to convert grams to T. for the butter. The recipe calls for 190 g.  of butter.  I used a butter conversion chart.  I used 13 T. and guesstimated on the .4 or 2/5 of T.

     Another muffin recipe I found on the Australian AR is the Strawberry Muffins recipe. The recipe calls for a 1/2 punnet of strawberries.  A punnet is a small pint sized basket. So, I had a 16 ounce basket of strawberries and I used 1/2 of the basket.

The recipe also calls for 60 g. of margarine.  I used  4 T.  and guesstimated on the  23/100. 

     Here is the butter conversion chart I found that helped me figure out the butter.<

Strawberry Muffins

For those of you who like trivia. Here are some Australian words I learned:

mince= ground beef


tasty cheese=cheddar cheese


capscium=bell pepper

punnet=pint sized basket


rice bubbles=rice krispies

cos lettuce=romaine lettuce

fresh coriander=cilantro 


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Strawberry Muffins
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May 25, 2013 9:54 am
The Australia site has been fun...mainly because they speak English. Well, for the most part :) Love your muffins. I don't think I would ever get tired of muffins for breakfast. Love 'em.
May 25, 2013 10:16 am
I have enjoyed the AU a lot I think even after this month is over I will keep going there. Maybe try another country even. Lela as always your pictures are out of this world.
May 25, 2013 10:27 am
Lela, what a great blog. Australia has been fun. Awesome photos. BTW in Australia beer=Fosters.
May 25, 2013 10:46 am
Your muffins are lovely. Nice Blog and I appreciate the Assuie translations. :)
May 25, 2013 1:05 pm
Great photos, Lela! The thing I like about the Australian and Italian sites is the purity and simplicity of the recipes. Thanks for a nice blog!
May 25, 2013 4:41 pm
Lovely photos Lela, thanks for sharing. I like looking at these sites also.
May 25, 2013 7:23 pm
Beautiful photos Lela! When I looked at your photo I had to laugh, I must be your mom's twin! I have a thing about setting the table correctly and my husband always sets it wrong - mostly to hear me rant about it. When we have dinner with our Mexican friends the kids beg to set the table. I have to grit my teeth because they always just stick the silverware in the middle of the plate. LOL
May 25, 2013 7:38 pm
they look really good.
May 25, 2013 8:04 pm
Hello Paula, I like muffins because they are easy to make and of course tasty. I am adding a muffin top pan to my want list. It seems the want list grows the more I find different recipes to make.
May 25, 2013 8:08 pm
Hi Joey! I think the different AR sites are worth exploring. I just wish I could save the recipes here in my recipe box instead of saving as a link. Thanks for the compliment on the photos.
May 25, 2013 8:09 pm
bd weld-Oh so Fosters=Australian Beer-good to know. LOL!
May 25, 2013 8:12 pm
Good Evening, Marie C., I am sure there is more to learn about International AR sites. I do wish I had a food scale, it seems that a lot of the recipes use weight as opposed to measuring using cups.
May 25, 2013 8:20 pm
Good Day, Marianne. One Aussie simplistic recipe called for 8 potatoes and a dash of oil.
May 25, 2013 8:23 pm
Hi Manella! I am sure I could learn cooking vocabulary by reading up on Canadian recipes, too. What do you call powdered sugar in Canada? Nice to see you here.
May 25, 2013 8:32 pm
Mother Ann, my mom prided herself in setting a proper table. Her tablescapes for special occasions were always lovely. She loved adding fresh flowers, cloth napkins, tablecloths, and place cards. I remember making special place cards depending on the holiday.
May 25, 2013 8:33 pm
Good Evening, King Sparta. I hope your back is getting better. Nice to see you here.
May 26, 2013 12:32 am
Your muffins are things of beauty! I loved your blue decor. Is that plate Depression Glass? I have a few pieces that were my G'ma's that I just treasure. I too have a thing for a correctly set table. It is a small thing but just seems to make the table feel better to me. Enjoy your muffins.
May 26, 2013 5:02 am
Love that blue plate! Those muffins look so good!
May 26, 2013 6:55 am
I always thought that a punette was a very small play on words.
May 26, 2013 8:39 am
BigShotsMom-I am not sure if the blue glass plate is Depression glass, but it is so beautiful. The blue plate is my MIL's plate and I love it. I know the plate is very old and I inherited from my MIL when my sister-in- laws cast it aside before they gave it away to Goodwill. I thought it was beautiful and asked if I could have it.
May 26, 2013 8:43 am
Hello Cat Hill-I love the blue plate, it is one of my favorite plates.
May 26, 2013 8:46 am
Hello, Doc-on the Australia All Recipes there are a lot of strange words. Take a virtual trip to Australia and read some of the recipes. Just don't blame me if you acquire an Australian accent. What are you cooking for Memorial Day? I am sure a big spread!
May 26, 2013 12:17 pm
Lela, powdered sugar, is icing sugar. Nice to see you also.
May 26, 2013 5:03 pm
Manella, I will have to remember that term icing sugar.
May 26, 2013 5:22 pm
Well, Lela I never knew what the term powdered sugar meant. Learn something new every day:)
May 31, 2013 6:34 am
Lela, I've loved the Australian site. I still have lots of recipes saved in my Aussie recipe box that I'll be trying well beyond the end of this month. The terminology has been an education for me, as well. Guess you're never too old to learn something new. Fun blog and great photos!
May 31, 2013 6:50 am
I have at least 2 punnets of strawberries in the refrigerator, and I was getting tired of eating them plain and on top of shortcake, yogurt, etc. Strawberry muffins sound like the perfect thing to make. Yours look so delicious! BTW, I never use liners for muffins. I always spray with a little PAM and have never had any issues. To me liners are more of a cupcake thing. Thanks for the beautiful blog!
May 31, 2013 6:56 am
Hello, lutzflcat. I like reading the Australian recipes. There are so many cooking vocabulary words that I have learned.
May 31, 2013 7:00 am
Hi Tammy, what I like about muffins is the ease of preparation and of course muffins are quick to bake. I for the most part, don't use cupcake liners for muffins unless I am taking them to a potluck breakfast. Thanks for stopping by!
May 31, 2013 8:10 am
Good morning Lela. I really enjoy exploring the international sites. Australia and the UK are easy, for the most part. The challenge comes with using chrome as a translator - not everything translates well, in fact once translated some of the recipes appear to be X rated. I got some good laughs as I was cooking through Italy! Let's not forget capsicum = bell peppers!
May 31, 2013 1:51 pm
Hello, Baking Nana-I can just imagine using a translator for a language I do not speak. That would indeed be a lot more difficult. Thanks for the tip on fresh coriander=cilantro. I think Italy would be a fun recipes to explore.
Jun. 1, 2013 5:29 am
Great pictures - going to the kitchen and bake some muffins!!!!
Jun. 1, 2013 5:31 am
Great pictures - going to the kitchen and bake some muffins!!!! I like the "faceless photo" on the Aussie site better than the U.S. site.
Jun. 1, 2013 6:17 am
Midwestchef- There are a lot of recipes to choose from on the Aussie site if you like to try faceless recipes. Thanks for stopping by and have fun baking!
Jun. 1, 2013 7:55 am
Lela, what beautiful photos! Thank you for pointing the "international" sites. I've not checked them out! Now I will. Your muffins looks so yummy too!
Jun. 1, 2013 3:59 pm
Nice job, Lela, and the photos are lovely! I wish I could just reach through the screen for one of those blueberry muffins.
Jul. 29, 2013 5:58 am
Your muffins look absolutely delicious! A word of warning though about using recipes acquired from other countries: In some places, the sugar is much denser depending on whether it is made from sugar cane or sugar beet. I learned this the hard way when I moved from the USA to a small country in Europe. I kept trying to bake things from this site and I couldn't figure out why everything was coming out sugar-laden and inedible! Then I found out the sugar here is very heavy and all I had to do was half the amount that the recipe called for. Finally I could bake something that tasted good! Good luck and happy baking :)
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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