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Bland Mocha Muffins

We got back from Singapore more than a week ago. Autumn in Clermont Ferrand is a mix of cold and sunny weathers - a few gloomy looking days and some sunny afternoons. I love it when it is sunny and cold at the same time. Love the feel of the sun on my cold face. I hope for more sunny afternoons. Doubt that will happen since winter is just around the corner.:-(

The months of September and October see the arrival of a few newborns of my friends and a fellow blogger. A bitter sweet event for me. I'm very happy for my friends who are enjoying and holding their baby right now. But no matter how happy I was for them, I can't help wishing I was holding my very own baby who would have been born now if I haven't lost it early this year.

How was my holidays in Singapore? Unfortunately it was a nightmare from the start. To think I was so looking forward to going back home but instead I was faced with lots of personnal problems through out my 1 1/2 month stay there. It killed any mood for cooking nor baking nor going or eating out. It was an experience that I wouldn't even want to wish it on my enemy. It is still far from over but I'll try to get some sort of a normal life back. Has it turn me off going back home? In a way yes. I don't want to revisit those moments of my stay there.

On the home front, the renovation in our house is still not completed. However the good news is that the bathroom downstairs is finally done.:-) Today the guy came back to install the kitchen door - not exactly what I expect. I was looking forward to a door with glass inserts but I guess I didn't communicate what I wanted correctly. Next time I know better. The other thing is that I wanted a simple glass looking through the corridor from the kitchen, instead I got a real window (with double glass). Whatever do I need that for in a kitchen?

In hope of lifting up my spirit, I forced myself to bake something as in the past, baking always perks up my spirit ... so I decided to do a Mocha Muffin but I guess when your heart is not in it, even your cakes will not turn out right.

I found this recipe online and thought these muffins sounded great as it was described by the author as moist and delicious etc. Ok I have to admit that I replaced some of the ingredients as I didn't have them in my pantry but I didn't think it would have changed much of the flavour or anything. It did smelled heavenly of mocha chocolate in the oven. I excitedly gave one to my house 'guinea pig', looking at him for a hopeful proclamation: "Where's the flavor ?" were the first words that came out of his mouth after the first bite. The muffins are moist but badly lack of flavour - one can hardly taste the chocolates or coffee in it. Oh well, guess I will try something else next time.

Mocha muffins
8 comments.
#1, by BigBoysOven (11/01/2008)

hope you are getting better now and recovering fast. Life can be bad but babe be strong yeah! take care, oh that muffin is gorgeous!

#2, by ireneangele (11/01/2008)

I'm glad you're back on the blog ! I have been missing it, and I hope your worries won't keep you from from posting. I'm sure things will get better.

As for the muffin, I don't know about the flavour, but it still has a pretty little face : actually, it looks delicious !

#3, by singairishgirl (11/01/2008)

Hi Ninja, thanks for visiting. I'm so sad to hear that your stay here was riddled with problems. And even more sorry to hear of your loss. Be strong, and do take good care of yourself in the meanwhile. And it's so cool to know that you used to live in the town that made those biscuits.;-)

#4, by dona146 (11/01/2008)

hi ninja! thanks for dropping by my page...hope you're getting better these days...i know it's not enough just by saying it but you know that's how it is with life...we just have to hold on no matter how tough it gets...cheer up!

#5, by tigerfish (11/02/2008)

Sorry to hear all those bad experiences. Be strong.
Since I came back to SGP (after two years being away), I actually find myself not getting used to things back in SGP. Sometimes, I really hate to be back and really really regret to make this decision to come back.
Anyway,let's all try to cheer up ok?

#6, by tummythoz (11/03/2008)

Quite an upsetting post. So not you. Please take care & I look forward to being envious of your successful bakes again soon.

#7, by Little Corner of Mine (11/03/2008)

Sorry to read about your loss and your unhappy stay in Singapore. I find that it's very hard to make a mocha cake smells great with coffee flavor. You either need a lot of good quality coffee or added some coffee emulco to make it happen. Cheer up ya!

#8, by ovenhaven (11/06/2008)

So sorry to hear about your loss, dear *hugs* And sorry that your return to Singapore left you with mixed emotions. I hope that you'll cheer up soon:-)