Morning glory muffins and memories of moose burgers

by Sarah on November 1, 2011

morning glory muffins

“Worse things have happened” I kept reminding myself when I came back from vacation and discovered that about three hundred of my photographs disappeared.

Gone are the pictures from the top of Gros Morne Mountain where we lost our son for almost three hours. It turned out he passed us going up the steep, boulder incline to the summit and not seeing us he kept walking. Four hours after the start of the hike, he was back at the trailhead where we eventually met. This is not a memory I want to keep but the views, ah the views….I wanted to take them with me to my dry, crowded corner of the world.

I also lost the picture of the moose burger which I ordered in a little diner in Rocky Harbor, Newfoundland, along with gooey, cheesy and drippy poutine. There’s nothing exotic about it, moose have become a major ecological pest on the Island since their introduction one hundred years ago. Large tracts of forest have become decimated from over grazing, transforming the landscape into low lying bogs. Hunting (or harvesting as they like to say) has become a way to control their population.

gros morne national park, berry hill

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland-my last picture

Our hike near Berry Hill Campground is gone, so is the sea kayaking trip from Norris Point, and the drive up the wild coast to Lanse Aux Meadow National Historic Site. It is here, on the tip of the Northern Peninsula Vikings once landed and established a small enclave before returning to Greenland.

Picture by Yael Segal-Ruder of the blog Hope it Will Rain

norris point, kayaking

But I do have one souvenir, a recipe for health muffins from the Kayak Café where we returned after two hours of paddling in the cold Newfie summer. I’ve lost the photographs of the waterfall, the bald eagle, the cliffs and the starfish but perhaps I don’t really need them. When I bite into these muffins I am transported back. (I also very conveniently copied my friend Yael’s pictures who was traveling in the same area  :-))

morning glory muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

This recipe was given to me by the woman who worked at the Kayak Café. She took the time to handwrite the recipe on the back of an old to do list (including making partridgeberry muffins and two chicken salads). I stood their dripping seawater on the floor while the rest of our group went to drink coffee in the Elk-Mobile (by the way, Cruise America never did get back to us).

grated carrots, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds

2 1/4 cups white flour (the original recipe calls for 1 cup whole wheat and 1 1/4 cups white)

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup raisons

1/4 cups sunflower seeds

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

2 cups finely grated carrot

1 grated apple

3 eggs

2/3 cup oil

1/3 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F)

  1. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon.
  2. Stir in coconut, raisins, seeds, grated carrots and apple. In another bowl, mix eggs, oil, milk and vanilla.
  3. Add egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Blend well.
  4. Divide evenly into 18 muffin molds. Bake 15-20 minutes at 180°C (350°F).
The muffins should be eaten within two days or stored in the freezer in an airtight bag.
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Yael November 2, 2011 at 1:56 am

Commenting is back!
Great post, you made me want to hop on a plane and go back to Nfld. There are direct flights from London to St. John….
The muffins look very tasty, need to try the gluten-free version.


Katherine Martinelli November 2, 2011 at 3:38 am

That is so terrible that you lost all your photos!!! I’m so sorry to hear that. But it sounds like you still have wonderful memories, and these muffins do indeed look delicious. So sweet of the woman to write down the recipe for you! I love that you asked for it.


Liz November 2, 2011 at 6:23 am

I certainly hope you have more souvenirs than just one recipe, you have all the lovely photos you didn’t lose! I also once saw a recipe for a muffin that was called “morning glory,” it was in my Muffin Lady cookbook. Funny, because it’s a different recipe — certainly not health muffins!

Speaking of which, I could make some muffins :-D


Sarah November 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I do have tons of photos so I shouldn’t complain….but still it would be nice to have all of them.


Hana I. November 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I love the fruit/veg/nut combination. I recently bought a juicer and was looking for a recipe to incorporate the pulp that is left after juicing. This is just the one! Thanks for sharing. I may add a little orange zest too. Sorry about the photos. I hope the loss will inspire the memories to shine forever :)


Jamie November 13, 2011 at 4:53 am

I am so sorry about the photos, but you have those beautiful memories (though losing my son for 3 hours I would have gone mad!). And what a lovely story about the muffins – and the to-do list is such a wonderful souvenir. And perfect muffins!


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