I’ve been dating my Nespresso Inissia for a year now and I’m pretty in love with her. She went from being something I never knew I even needed in my life to becoming one of my most favourite and beloved items in the kitchen.
Until approximately 365 days ago I wasn’t a coffee drinker. You may have heard me share before that while I adored the smell of coffee and enjoyed the taste of it, I would always, always feel sick after drinking it. I’m talking cafe style Flat White, not instant coffee (never touch that stuff). I guess it was just too strong for me and the caffeine played havoc with my tummy. And so, though I felt very much an outcast of the Cool Coffee Club, I abstained.
It has been the most pleasant surprise to be able to enjoy a Nespresso at home and never feel that sick to my stomach feeling again. That’s because the caffeine contained in each Nespresso pod is only around 1/3 of the intensity of a cafe-bought coffee. Which to some of you would be absolutely diabolical in terms of trying to get a heaving-hitting caffeine fix, but it suits me perfectly. In fact, I’m still too chicken to order a coffee out!
Instead my coffee pleasure is more about the ritual of preparing it and sitting alone, quietly to drink it. I started with a coffee every three or so days and slowly the frequency has ramped up to around 5 days a week.
So imagine my absolute sorrow when today it was discovered that the milk whisk/frother that goes inside my Aeroccino has disappeared. I called my husband declaring a state of emergency – sometimes as a stay at home mum, the little things really count! Plus, I had promised to make Beau a fluffy since we didn’t end up going to a cafe for a meeting this morning as planned so he missed out on his promised fluffy with marsh-marsh (marshmallow to those uninitiated!)
My favourite Nespresso capsule is the Dulsao and I’ve loved it since I first tried it last year. But last month I was invited to the launch of a brand new capsule and I gotta tell ya, it’s giving my beloved Dulsao a run for its’ money. These days, I alternate between them. If I’m feeling like a smooth and creamy short espresso style coffee then I go for Dulsao but if I’m wanting a longer sip and something a little stronger, which I feel like I need after burning the candle at both ends a little too often lately, then I find myself reaching for the Envivo Lungo.
Josh Emett shared a bunch of different breakfast recipes at the Envivo launch and thanks to the handy little take home recipe booklet, I’ve been able to share this recipe with you. Maybe you’d like to make these Spiced ‘Apple Pie’ Muffins for your family. They are very (dare I say it) moist and absolutely delicious. They also keep really well thanks to the oil content, so you don’t have to worry about them drying out and this makes them perfect as a grab and go breakfast item.
- 250g caster sugar
- 250ml vegetable oil
- 3 x free range eggs
- 265g plain flour
- 1 T ground cinnamon
- 5g baking soda
- 10g baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 350g grated Braeburn apples (or similar) with skin on
- 1 large apple, peeled and roughly diced
- Line a muffin tray with paper cases and preheat the oven to 210 degrees Celsius.
- Using the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, mix together the caster sugar, oil and eggs until the sugar is dissolved.
- Then add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix gently until combined.
- Remove the mixture from the mixer and fold through the grated and diced apple.
- Fill the muffin cases with the mixture and bake for around 14 minutes.
- Cool for a few minutes in the trays before removing to cool completely on a wire tray.
Let me know if you like them. My kids devoured them. I may have demo’d a few too!