I happened to have some mango pulp leftover from when I was having a go at replicating Nandos Mango and lime chicken from scratch. I love mango cake but have actually never had mango muffins. (I am a big fan of muffins, they make me feel like I’m being good too, though I get carried away and eat too much at times which defeats the whole purpose!)
I decided to throw bits together hoping it would work and it did! They came out really well, moist and fluffy.
- 100ml oil
- 100g caster sugar
- 1 egg
- grated zest of 1 lime
- 250g self raising flour, sifted
- 240ml mango pulp (available in foods of the world isles in supermarkets)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- Prepare your muffin tin with liners if using and preheat oven to 170ºC fan/ 190ºC Conventional
- Beat together oil,egg, lime zest and caster sugar until well mixed
- Stir in flour alternating with the mango juice (I mixed the lime juice with mango pulp beforehand), beginning and ending with the flour. I use a metal spoon for this to avoid overmixing
- Spoon into prepared tins,I use an ice cream scoop so my muffins are the same size
- Bake for about 20 minutes (Tops should be golden and if skewer is inserted in the centre it should come out clean)
Lately I’ve been trying to come to a decision as to whether I carry on doing enough hours a year or not in order to keep my registration with the health professions council. Part of me feels like I should make an effort to stay registered as an Advanced Practitioner in Medical Ultrasound. I am however finding it increasingly difficult to fit it into my already busy schedule. Perhaps it is time for me to burn my bridges so I can focus on what I love best. Failure will no longer be an option.
A bit of my background
I studied Radiography and went on to do a Postgrad in Medical Ultrasound. I enjoyed my job on the most part, but like many I just selected it from a list of available courses not particularly because I wanted to do it, but I had to choose a qualification of some sort. I went on to become a Clinical Applications Specialist. This appeared to be my dream job at the time. I guess for the most part I did not really see life outside the medical field.
I never saw myself ever having the opportunity to work from home due to the nature of my job-unless I built my own hospital! Although this was a brilliant job in a sense, I had to do it on a full-time basis and it took me away from home a lot. This meant spending less time with my husband and two boys, Yanis and Ethan.
My reasons for starting a business…
- I wanted to be able to spend more time with my family and earn some form of income as we cannot afford to live on one income
- I get to do work I am passionate about. I love being in the kitchen, it is such a privilege to wake up everyday and do what I love the most, which is creating edible pieces of art. The joy on customers faces when they come to collect their cakes is priceless.
- I get to choose my working hours, and manage to spend valuable time with my loved ones. I am able organise my work so I do as much as I can while the children are at school or in bed so I can be with them when they need me
- Although cake making in itself is quite a low paying job initially, there is no limit to the earning potential unlike in a traditional job. I believe as I get more experience things will get better. To supplement my income I have opened my Cake decorating supplies online shop which is going from strength to strength
- Lastly -I do not miss commuting!!!
Have you transitioned from a traditional job or are you considering it/ running your own business? How are you dealing with it?