[VIDEO] Cheese and vegetable muffins

From the relative calm of my first video, to absolute chaos with my second. I look after Archie on a Wednesday and there was no way he was going to be excluded from today’s filming!

It’s hard enough cooking with a toddler around, let alone trying to amateurishly manipulate two cameras while at the same time thinking of something lucid to say. We thought long and hard about including Archie in the clips and decided that it was not appropriate to do so. After all, he is not old enough to say whether he wants to be watched on the world wide web. Still, he is very much part of the cooking process so you will hear him lots, even if he is not directly on camera.

Anyhow, in the midst of smashed glasses, over-flowing sink and ever worsening profanities from myself, I fluffed my lines repeatedly, missed several takes and only just managed to scrape this video together. Indeed, the out-takes may be more interesting than the actual video! At one moment I say, in my finest Diva-esque voice, “I just feel inhibited with you around. I am not being myself!”. Archie just looked on, perplexed, and continued to style his hair with the washing up brush.

Muffins are a staple in this house. They are so easy to make and can literally be any combination of what you have in the fridge, added to the base mix of flour, egg, oil and milk. I have tried long and hard to find the perfect muffin recipe. They vary so much, mainly in the amount of liquid used. I have settled on these quantities after much experimentation as they give a thick-ish dough which rises to perfection and makes ridiculously morish muffins.

Tomorrow I will be Archie-less all day so will treat him to one of his favourite dishes when he gets back… I will try to publish it on Friday!

Cheese and vegetable muffins
Makes 9 large muffins or 18 small ones
Preparation time 15 minutes, cooking time 20 minutes

3 or 4 broccoli florets and one leek, steamed and chopped up (you really can use any vegetables – spinach, courgettes and carrots all work very well. You can also add ham or bacon).
6-8 cherry tomatoes, de-seeded and chopped up
100g grated mature cheddar
225g self-raising flour
175ml milk
55ml olive oil
1 free-range egg

Preheat your oven to 2o0°C (180°C for a fan oven)/ 400°F

Once you have steamed your vegetables (if you are using carrots or courgettes you can simply grate them up, there is no need to pre-cook them), mix them together with the cheese and the flour. Add in the wet ingredients and mix to a lumpy, fairly thick batter.

Lightly oil some muffin tins, spoon the mixture in to fill each one to the top, place the tray in the middle of the oven and leave to cook for 20 minutes. The muffins are ready when they are brown on top and fairly dense to the touch.

Best served warm, 5-10 minutes after coming out of the oven

78 Comments

  1. Is it wrong for this to be my favourite so far. I LOVED hearing Archie all the way through and your post about being DIVA-esque had me in in fits with tears rolling down my face and I’m in the office! And as ever I forget to mention the food … yummy! My muffins always take ages to cook and are stodgy in the middle so I’ll give this one a whirl and see how it goes.

    Now do tell, is that a dressing gown you are wearing?

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  2. hi nick i thnk this website is cool im so going to make one of the recipes .
    its cool o so very cool

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  3. Love it! I must ask, are the knowing looks to the camera modelled on Nigella Herself?! ;-) However you have inspired me to make these for lunch tomorrow! Cheers x

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  4. This is so cute. I loved hear Archie pipe up all the way through. Especially the “steaming” the broccoli bit. These look delicious too Nick. Will give them a go as i bought a muffin tin ages ago but haven’t got around to using it yet.

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  5. that's it, you should keep doing videos on a Wednesday. Archie's comments are SOOO cute, they brought tears to my eyes. I'm sending the link to my husband…will he get the hint?!

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  6. I love it. Especially hearing Archie in the background! And the muffins look delish. Will be trying them this weekend.

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    • The out-takes will come when I am brave enough to put them up!! Some of them are just plain embarrassing!! I am sure the muffins work without tomatoes. I just like adding them as they add a little moisture and tartness to the taste…

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  7. Love it! Can’t wait til the next installment. Will definitely be trying the recipe as soon as I can.
    I think you’re going to have to have chaos rein supreme everytime as it was so adorable hearing Archie thoughout – plus he was ‘tidying up’ so you can’t refuse a little helper like that!

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    • Get you!! I am happy, nay relieved, that they came out well!! Let me know if you cook any of the other stuff coming up…

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  8. I made these right after I watched the vid yesterday. I didn’t have leek so grated some carrot and I was even out of fresh toms but used a couple of tablepoons of chopped tinned and they were lovely! Oh and I don’t have a muffin tin so used my cupcake tin and got 10 smaller ones instead! Just warmed a couple up for a late lunch and I had a wee dob of real butter on each mouthful. So gooooooood! Oh and The Pie apprives but she likes a dob of philly on hers ;0)

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  9. Your a genius on camera….very entertaining and excellent muffins. Even though I don´t have a child I shall be preparing these for lunch tmrw!

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  10. Really enjoyed watching these – you are impressively calm – when are you posting the out takes? I made jam doughnut muffins yesterday but maybe I’ll try something healthier this weekend. DH hates tomatoes though – do you think they could be left out?

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  11. Love it – very familiar 'helping'…
    and love your comments about archie styling his hair with the washing up brush even more :-)

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  12. do you remember 'wilson' the hand dressed in a white glove that used to appear in the broom cupboard on childrens bbc? archie reminds me of that :-)

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  13. Even though Carmen and I are sin niños (without kids), thought we would give these a whirl today! Must report they were excellent…… thanks for the recipe Nick, we shall follow closely for new recipes…..

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  14. Made these today, with spinach and courgettes instead of broccoli (which my wife dislikes) – lovely.

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  15. Think you were upstaged by Archie. :)

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  16. Hey lovely man!!!

    Sorry I just realised I could comment, I am such a luddite lol! You are fab although I’m with Chacasta on the dressing gown…get you with a wrap around cardi – you are too cool for school!

    Well as you know Izzy saw this and said (I quote) “Oooh tasty! Put it in my mouth please?”. What more of an endorsement do you need? Keep up the good work honey I can’t wait for more!!

    xxxx

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  17. Glad to be spreading the word here in España, I will seek out the secret Granny recipe for the Spanish Omlette and Carmen will report back!

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    • oh that is such a good idea! Did you notice that mine was singed and melted from a previous experience??!

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  18. Have just remembered, I meant to say that you need to get yourself a silicone pastry brush. SO much easier to clean than a bristle one (stick in dishwasher) and also can be used on searing hot pans without melting.

    http://www.cookingmarvellous.com/silicone-pastry-

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  19. Great blog! May I suggest including non-metric conversions for those of us who are Americans? I know we’re the only annoying ones that don’t use the metric system…

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  20. test 2

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  21. These muffins look gorgeous and so easy to make!! Off to buy a muffin tray so I can try them, yum, yum!!

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  22. I just made a variation of these (just cheese no veg!) as its shopping day today my cupboards were a tad bare!

    I added dried onion to 2 as a tester and they were yummy, just waiting fot my lovely son to wake from his nap to get his verdict!

    thanks

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  23. Fantastic! My 6.5mth old loves bread etc, so I reckon these will be a much healthier alternative and he can feed himself with it.
    The blog is great BTW!

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  24. Christmas has come early! These recipes are great. I am now inspired to make some today. Just seeing you make all of the repcipes makes them look much more do-able! Thanks!!!

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  25. Hi

    Quick question – they were quite gooey inside when I first took them out. I am pretty certain that they were totally cooked and that it was just the cheese, but thought I’d check with the expert!

    ps ds loved them, but insisted on eating the inside with a spoon!

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  26. These look so good and what a great idea this site is. We have just started BLW with our little girl. I went searching on You Tube when researching BLW and found footage you had posted of Archie trying broccoli for the first time and it made our mind up to try BLW ourselves. We will definitely try this recipe as already teeny has developed a preference for “bready” things…

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  27. Tried these yesterday with courgette, carrot and broccoli
    LOVELY!
    Looking forward to trying all sorts of different variations. Feta, cherry tomatoes, garlic and spinach next on my list…

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  28. these are in the oven as I type! Great site and the videos are lovely. Just wondering if you have tried freezing these? I've made them in individual silicon cupcake cases, so hopefully they'll come out ok!

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  29. We tried these tonight with broccoli & roma tomatoes….soooooo good! My twins (16 months) gobbled down 2 1/2 muffins each, which is a lot for them! DH & I both liked them as well. I can't wait to try out other veggie combinations as well.

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  30. Fantastic, I made these straight away. They were super asy to do & my little girl loved them. So easy to have a batch in the freezer & take one out for lunch.
    Top website, I am loving the videos & look forward to the next recipes.
    Well done Nick !!!

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    • Thank you Emma, you are very kind to say that. A lot of work goes into these videos (I am not a pro!) so it really motivates me when I hear from people who are enjoying the blog…

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  31. Hey Nick
    I finally made these, and used just 4 cups of frozen veggies (peas, carrots & corn) instead of your vege's and they turned out YUMMM!!
    We all LOVED them, and they'll definitely become a staple in this house!!

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    • Great Merav!! I am really pleased they worked so well… The frozen veg is a good idea and adds to the "whatever you have in the house" beauty of this recipe… !

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  32. Just tried these and my 11 month old loved them! Am doubly happy as he's been going through a picky phase recently, so I was very very happy to see him devour these. Thanks – we'll be checking back for new recipes! Great video too!

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    • Thanks so much for that lovely comment. I am so pleased he liked the muffins, they were always a fall-back here too when Archie was not 100%. I am really glad you like the blog… thanks again and Happy New Year to you and your family…

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  33. oh soo yum! don't know what the baby thinks yet, I was 'testing' them for her. Great nothing in the cupboard dish.

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    • Thanks Trix, I hope the baby got some in the end!!

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  34. Hey Nick, just made these gorgeous muffins, using Broccoli, cheese and ham. Baby Harvey (1yr old), Mummy Nixxie and I all loved them. Can't wait to try more of the recipes, especially if they are as easy and yummy as this one.

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    • Thanks a lot Matthew! Adding ham is a great idea. They really are just very easy and moreish, as you say… thanks for taking the time to comment, it's great to hear when recipes are a success!

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  35. okay, after making these things 3 days in a row, i think i'm totally addicted to them. For batch number 2, I actually went round to my mother-in-laws and felt possessed to make them, and even though she didn't have a muffin tray, i kind of made 9 'cheese and veg rock cakes' which went down a treat with the whole family. With batch 3 we made as an accompaniment to a sloppy cottage pie, and used the delicious muffins as a cross between dumplings and mop-up bread.

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  36. Your recipes are great Nick and really appreciated. My little one can’t master a spoon or fork yet so finger foods are great and the muffins a favourite! So simple to make and take no time at all (apart rrom the clearing up :) Any chance of more spoon free recipes?!? Keep up the great work….and Archie, you’re s star!

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    • Thanks Nicola. Very good point, I will do some more finger picking recipes soon… thanks for your very kind comments…

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  37. I don't know what I did wrong, but I made these delicious looking muffins twice and both times it was a disaster. The muffins were like rock, couldn't give them to my LO. I'll try and try again until I succeed (I'm normally a pretty good cook, so I dont' know what happened)….

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    • Oh Maya, I wonder what happened. These are possibly the most fail-safe of all my recipes here… Can I ask a silly question? Were you using self-raising flour? And if you were, was it an old pack? Sometimes old packs of self-raising flour lose their self-raising abilities!! Other than that, I am not sure what could have gone wrong… The mixture itself needs to be a nice gooey consistency, with all the dry ingredients fully mixed in with the wet one… Feel free to email me direct, kitchen [at] mydaddycooks.com

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      • Hi Nick, I used plain flour, but I added baking powder, obviously not enough of it. I bought some self raising flour today and attempted to make the muffins again, and it was a success. My little one liked it too, although made a mess of things (he's only 9 months old). I should do a bigger batch next time and share it with the mums at the baby group, I'm sure they will like it.

        PS. We saw you on LK today, Archie is sooo cute!

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  38. Mark "Yum"
    Mark's other half "Yum Yum"
    Finlay "Mmmmm" (not quite able to say yum yet- but mouth full of second muffin and BIG grin on face)
    Dogs "Whine/Drool"- not a single morsel of muffin swept off highchair….
    Need we say more??!!

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  39. My daughter made the vegetable muffins for us at the weekend,they were delicious,am now going to make some!

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  40. Hi, I just wanted to let you know I finally tried the muffins today! As both my boys are dairy free I didn’t use cheese but I made broccoli, green bean, carrot, courgette and bacon muffins instead. They went down a treat with myself and my 6 month old and 3 year old who helped to make them…we ate the whole batch in one sitting! I’ll definately be making more again soon. Such a great recipe, thankyou

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  41. These muffins have become an absolute fav in our house. My two year old is going through a picky stage at the moment with veg and these are a great way to get him to eat lots of yummy veggies. I have found that red pepper and courgette are so far my favourite additions, but going to try goats cheese and bacon next at my husbands request.

    thank you loads for the brilliant receipes and entertaining videos.

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    • goats cheese and bacon sounds a great combination! In fact, I will bake them next too!!! Thanks for your very kind comments, emma…

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  42. Hi Nick, just a quick THANK YOU! I've been going down the 'eat whatever we're eating' thing with my little one who's now 8 months and so far so good. I've not been as brave as you guys with the no mushing rules tho! on to that next!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration and fab rcipes!

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Clair. Great to hear that weaning is going well for you… I hope there will be more inspiration for you to come on this blog!

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  43. It looked so easy that I’ve decided to whip up a batch today. It was really yummy, I added abit of cauliflower and carrots to the vegs you mentioned. Next time, I’ll try with corn instead and also a dash of salt

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  44. I'm making these this morning with my Archie! He's a tad you ger but just as helpful lol!

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  45. made these for the first time today and my 7 month old loved them! so easy and will also be a great food to take out and about when we need to. thanks!

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  46. These are fantastic – i make them on a weekly basis (courgette are the favourites in our house). The only thing slowing me down was the deseeding of the tomatoes. So this week i didn't bother and it didn't make any noticeable difference. Brilliant. My son (10 months) is clapping between mouthfuls in appreciation as we speak. Thanks.

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  47. Thanks a lot Pagea, really lovely to see you here!

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  48. Thanks Giga, let me know if he does get the hint!!

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  49. Thanks MKB, I am glad that I have inspired you to rescue your dish from the depths of your cupboard!

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  50. Thanks Becs… of course they are modelled on Nigella. Watch out for what I will do when I do puddings!! ;-)

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  51. Thanks Mia, it’s about time someone cooked some nice things in your house ;-) (don’t show this comment to your mum!!)

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  52. No it’s not a dressing gown! It’s a wraparound cardigan from H&M! Don’t tell me I am going to have to be vigilant about what I wear now too!!!

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  53. Ah thanks TPM, I am so relieved that the recipe worked when someone made them!! The tinned tomatoes are a very good idea, as is the philly ;-)

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  54. Thanks Tanzanyte, you are right, who can refuse such well-meaning help?!

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  55. So funny to see you here Chris!! But it’s nice to know this has appeal beyond parents!! Hope all is good with you in Spain…

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  56. How cool that these were made in Spain!!! If Carmen wants to suggest any Spanish recipes I would be happy to do one… and namecheck her!!

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  57. yes!! That made me laugh!!

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  58. Thanks Robyn, I really appreciate your kind comment… it’s lovely (if sometimes tricky!) when they help, isn’t it?!

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  59. Yes indeed, muffins have been a staple for Archie since the very beginning!! Let me know if he enjoys them!!

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  60. Great, they really are a perfect “nothing left in the cupboards” meal!! By now your son will have given his verdict and I hope it was positive!! Thanks for visiting my blog…

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  61. Thanks Caz. My sister felt so bad for me only having a 6 muffin tin that she bought us a 12 muffin tin as a “website warming” present!! I hope they come out well for you…

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  62. Thanks Justine and, yes, it’s a really good point. I will add in the non-metric conversions to future posts and modify the previous ones…

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  63. Hi Chantal, yes I have frozen these – although in truth the whole batch usually seems to disappear in one hit!! They do freeze pretty nicely though. I defrost them and “revive” them with a 20 seconds blast in the microwave. Thanks for your kind comments about the site and I look forward to reading your comments on future recipes!!

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  64. Wow, that is a lot of muffins going down there!! So lovely to hear that… the great thing about the muffins is that it requires no extra effort to make for one person or for four – so they are perfect for feeding twins!! I have used broccoli before and it works perfectly with the recipe… thanks for your comment and for visiting the blog…

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