I had this craving for poppy seeds. Can you even really have a craving for poppy seeds?? I don’t think it’s something someone usually craves, seeing as how it doesn’t really have a taste to it unless it’s a part of something else of course. At first I had thought about making a lemon poppy seed bundt cake, but seeing as how I’ve started working at the restaurant this week I now know that working in a restaurant = no breaks. Literally. I worked for 7 hours on my feet, in high heels, and a skirt for 7 hours straight without sitting, eating or checking my cell phone. It was hard. Very hard. Considering I’m used to working in an office from 9-5 with a nice cushy hour long lunch break, for which I usually would have gone home to eat and let the dog out. But, this job is in a couple towns over and through a tunnel so I can’t exactly come home for a bite to eat, and I couldn’t even if I wanted to.
I had never really thought about it before but of course waitresses and servers don’t have a scheduled lunch break because you constantly have tables to wait on, and no one can cover your section because they have their own section to work. Most of the girls show up to work early to order something to eat, or stick around after their shift to chow down. I actually feel bad because I haven’t actually eaten anything from the restaurant before, except a few cocktails. But that being said, I realized that I needed to sneak in a snack like a granola bar that I could take a 5 minute break to quickly eat it. Of course, I wouldn’t think of going out to buy a snack, I would make one. Also, a certain somebody has just gotten home this morning from a trip to Vegas for his friends stag and is quite tired. I’m sure he could use a little snack later and maybe bring a couple to work tomorrow. Currently, he is sleeping. Maybe the aroma of lemon poppy seed muffins could wake him from his spell.
These were adapted from a bundt cake recipe, and requires most ingredients you probably have on hand. However, I was a surprised today when I went into town to Thrifty Foods to discover they don’t carry poppy seeds in the bulk foods section. I suppose there’s no demand for poppy seeds to have a giant section for them. Here I was thinking oh poppy seeds? Probably 49. cents / 100g. Cheap right? Not so much. I had to end up buying a pre-packaged bag from the bulk foods section for 4$. I guess there are many poppy-seed dishes in the future. Look out! I can’t help but remember that Seinfeld episode where Elaine eats poppy seed unbeknown to her that they contain opium, and takes a drug test after eating them which of course shows up positive. So, if you’re taking any sort of tests in the next day or two, save these for after. If not, dig in!
Elaine: I mean I lost my job, I can’t go to Africa. I was gonna meet the bushmen of the Kalahari.
Waitress: Ah, the bushmen?
Elaine: And the bushwomen.
Man: Excuse me. I couldn’t help overhearing. I notice you’re eating a poppy seed muffin.
Elaine: Yeah, I eat these muffins all the time.
Man: Well, you know what opium is made from…
Elaine (as though receiving a revelation): Poppies!
In Honor of Elaine
Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
Makes 14-16 medium muffins
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/3 cup canola oil
- 2 Lemons, juiced and zested
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a rack in the center of the oven. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda. In another medium bowl, whisk together canola oil, buttermilk, egg and vanilla extract along with the lemon juice and zest.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients all at once. Whisk together until just combined.
- Stir in the poppy seeds. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins and bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool on a rack, and if you like you can sprinkle with some confectioners sugar.
Enjoy your opium!