Breast cancer, it’s not something anyone would want to invite into your life. However it is a very real issue as one in nine women in New Zealand will develop breast cancer over their lifetime.
This is where we come in, the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation is promoting Pink Ribbon Breakfasts across the country to help raise money to fund research projects and medical grants to improve the survivorship of breast cancer in New Zealand.
We as a company hosted a beautiful Pink Ribbon Breakfast attended by 70 of our staff enjoying delicious, bacon, eggs, toast, baked beans and spaghetti. And for our vegetarians, lovely fresh vegetable savoury muffins.
This is one of my favourite recipes, originally called ‘fridge’ muffins because I do this when I need to empty the fridge of vegetables or left over lunch meats. For the Pink Ribbon breakfast, I kept it strictly vegetarian but you can add whatever you like.
To start preheat the oven to 170°C on fan function and spray a standard muffin tin with non-stick baking spray.
2 cups of plain flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder (sift with the flour to ensure it is evenly distributed)
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ cup of canola oil
1 ¼ cups of milk
¾ cups of grated tasty cheese (keep a little to the side for the top of the muffins)
2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese
1 ½ cups of chopped vegetables of your choice, I like courgettes, onions, sundried tomatoes, herbs, capsicum even pineapple! Basically whatever happens to be in your fridge.
Mix all ingredients together gently, No more than four or five stirs or you run the risk of over mixing which will make a heavy muffin. Even if it doesn’t look like it is properly mixed, don’t worry it will fix itself.
Spoon into your muffin tray, sprinkle on your remaining cheese and bake until golden brown and springy when you press them down.
Once they are done, immediately remove them from the tray. I use a plastic knife to ensure I don’t scratch my muffin tins or break my muffins. Serve warm with butter.
Along with the breakfast, we had a raffle where the company donated products and a bake sale where staff baked goods to donate and sell.
All were encouraged to wear pink. Even the smallest efforts were appreciated.
It was a lovely morning shared with friends and colleagues all for a wonderful cause. I encourage you to think of your wives, sisters, mothers, daughters, nieces and friends and visit www.nzbcf.org.nz and see what you can do to help.