|Victoria Coren-Mitchell in muffin mode|
" It was remarkable how sad I felt when Mary’s face fell at Muffingate-"
Mary Berry thought the sea sponge was pretty revolting. And Paul Hollywood the other judge said: “Victoria let herself down with that cake”. "But I genuinely think it’s really nice! It isn’t that salty! It’s a bit salty! Some of us like salt". Moscow mule muffins or Vodka Stinger muffins perhaps might have made Mary´s eyes light up, but the missed point here was that they taste like a Bloody Mary. In muffin form! I put it to the test,made them (see above) and tasted them and our verdict was fan bloody tastic.
There is a moral to this story.....Taste, of course, is one of the five senses. In everyday usage, it refers most often to its gustatory sense at the table or in the kitchen. Some food tastes good; others don't. Is the pleasure derived from what you like up to you or to the thing that pleases you? The answer may seem obvious. That which gives pleasure does not necessarily please everyone. As the rhyme goes, "some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it in the pot nine days old". Some things please only a few, while there are things that please a whole lot of people. So, some things are apparently more successful in providing pleasure than some other things. Taste depends on the thing liked or disliked; or does it?
Makes 24 mini cocktail muffins
400g flour, sifted
4 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons celery salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
16 tablespoons milk (350ml)
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 tablespoons tomato ketchup
4 tablespoons Worcester sauce
One tablespoon Vodka
4 teaspoons Tabasco
4 large eggs
300g sunblush tomatoes ( Cherry tomatoes, semi-dried)
Mix the sifted flour with the baking powder and celery salt, black pepper and bicarb. Then whisk the milk together with the olive oil, ketchup and Worcester sauce, vodka,Tabasco and eggs.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients but do not over mix, then fold in 300g of sunblush tomatoes (do not use fresh) and "a drizzle of red food colouring" (optional) "for festivity". Divide the mixture between 24 muffin cases and bake at 180c for about 20 minutes (or until they seem risen and cooked).
Leave them to cool on a wire rack.Serve them with small celery sticks on the side and a shot of vodka (optional)