mandarin and poppy seed muffins

It’s mandarin season again! I usually eat them while watching TV and never actually cooked them BUT while internet surfing stuff the other day, I found several interesting muffin recipes…  so I took a bit from each of them…

I wanted them to be light (knowing that melted cheese season has officially begun now) so I used a lot of fruit and yogurt…


Mandarin and poppy seeds muffins

For about 15 muffins, you will need

250 gr self raising flour

2 tbs baking powder

100 gr caster sugar

2 eggs

100 gr melted butter

2dl natural yogurt

juice of 6 mandarins + zests of 5

4 tbs poppy seeds

Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.

Put the flour, baking powder, sugar and poppy seeds in a large bowl with a pinch of salt and mix together. Whisk the remaining ingredients together and pour into the bowl.

Mix together quickly (don’t over mix, you want it a bit lumpy). Divide between the paper cases and bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and golden.


diy : wall art

I needed something for the long and plain wall in my bathroom (that is completely white and gray), I had already added color with turquoise accessories so I went for the same color composition.

I used some simple and cheap IKEA frames and I have been collecting interior design pages with patterns I like for months. In addition to that, you will need a cuter (or scissors but it’s a lot faster with the cuter and the result is better), some nails and nylon string to fix your art work on the wall).

Once all the frames are ready, lay them on the floor to see in which order you want to hang them.

snow white

So instead of the classic grey-brown-black winter (non-) colors, why don’t you try wearing white this year? It can be combined with just anything, it always looks chic and because it’s timeless, you can even recycle the clothes and accessories for next year…

Here’s a selection I made:

Coat H&M / Booties by Underground for Topshop

Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs / Sweater by Illustrated People for Topshop

Blouse Mango / scarf H&M

Top H&M / Rag and bone jeans

la tartine gourmande

Béatrice Peltre is a french expat living in Boston who writes a wonderful blog filled with delicious recipes and beautiful stories. She actually made me want to start this blog in the first place, the pictures, the colors… whenever she publishes a new recipe, it just makes me want to run into the kitchen and start cooking!

Her first book will be available from February 2012 but you can already find most of her recipes on her blog “la tartine gourmande“.

all pictures B. Peltre