Pear Ginger Muffin Recipe

Pear Ginger Muffin Recipe

300g strong white bread flour

2½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1½ teaspoons ground ginger

1 large egg

75-85g white granulated sugar 

100ml vegetable oil

1 tablespoon runny (or warmed) honey

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger root

200ml milk

2 tablespoons water or tinned pear juice 

200mg chopped pears, tinned or fresh (1 c)

1. Preheat a conventional oven to 190°C (375°F),  Gas Mark 5, fan oven 170°C.  Prepare the muffin pan or individual silicone cases

2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and ground ginger

3. In a medium-sized bowl, beat egg briskly with a fork.  Stir in sugar, oil. honey, grated ginger, milk, juice/water, and chopped pears

4. When the oven is ready, pour all the wet mixture into dry.  Mix lightly with a metal spoon just until combined and no dry flour is visible, about 20 seconds.  Do not beat or over stir

5.  Fill cups nearly full.  Bake about 20 minutes until done.  Makes 12 – I do 6 large then smaller muffins to freeze for snacks.

Great with Custard!


if no like Ginger try Oat Pear Muffins:

Chocolate Pear Muffins:


Oat Pear Muffin Recipes

Susan Reimer ‘Muffins Fast and Fantastic’

There are an abundance of muffins to make from the latest 4th edition of Susan Reimer ‘Muffins Fast and Fantastic’.   The contents page split into five sections; Chocolate, Nuts and Oats, Fruit, Bran and Savoury.

I chose three pear recipes from Oats, Chocolate and Fruit.   All three recipes are easy to put together and all take twenty minutes each to bake in total.   


The latest update from Susan Reimer muffin book is her learning the additional benefits of strong bread flour.  I read that this flour made a real impression on her baking.  Reimer only uses this type of flour as the results are consistently favourable for her muffins.

  ‘Oat Pear Muffin Recipe’

* 250g Strong white bread flour

2½ teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 

¼ teaspoon of salt

50g rolled oats (½ c)

3 tablespoons chocolate chips

1 large egg

75-85 whole granulated sugar (½ c)

100ml vegetable oil

200ml milk

3 tablespoons pear juice or water

200g finely chopped pear, fresh or tinned (1 c)

1. Preheat a conventional oven to 190°C (375°F),  Gas Mark 5, fan oven 170°C.  Prepare the muffin pan or individual silicone cases

2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.  Add oats and chocolate chips (chocolate can be omitted if preferred)

3. In a medium-sized bowl, beat egg briskly with a fork.  Add sugar, oil, milk, juice/water, and pear

4. When the oven is ready, pour wet mixture into dry.  Mix ligthly with a metal spoon just until combined and no dry flour is visible, about 20 seconds.  Do not beat or over stir

5.  Fill cups nearly full.  Bake about 20 minutes until lightly browned. Makes 12 – I do 6 large then smaller muffins to freeze for snacks. 

All these economical recipes live up to the title ‘Muffins Fast and Fantastic’  

Not a fan of Oats? then try

Chocolate and Pear:

or Pear Ginger


Chocolate Pear Muffin Recipe


‘Chocolate Pear Muffin Recipe’

275g strong white bread flour

1½ teaspoons baking powder

1½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 large egg

75-85g white granulated sugar 

100ml vegetable oil

50g (8 tablespoons) cocoa powder

200ml milk

100ml tinned pear juice or water

200mg chopped pears, tinned or fresh 

1. Preheat a conventional oen to 190°C (375°F),  Gas Mark 5, fan oven 170°C.  Prepare the muffin pan or individual silicone cases

2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt

3. In a medium-sized bowl, beat egg briskly with a fork.  Stir well after each addition: sugar. oil. cocoa, milk, juice/water, and chopped pears

4. When the oven is ready, pour all the wet mixture into dry.  With a metal spoon, mix lightly just until combined and no dry flour is visible, about 20 seconds.  Do not beat or over stir

5.  Fill cups nearly full.  Sprinkle with grated chocolate, if desired.  Bake about 20 minutes until done.  Makes 12 large or as I do 6 large and the rest small for freezing suitable for snacks.

Love ginger? try Pear Ginger Muffin:

or Oat Pear Muffin


Simple Berry-tastic Smoothie

In this smoothie recipe I love to sweeten by using condensed milk.  My parents always stocked this especially in the winter months in Scotland. Fresh milk wasn’t always available due to severe wintery conditions. Today it is still my firm favourite over powdered milk.  The alternatives are flexible depending on your own choice be it fresh cow’s milk, semi-skinned or soya milk if your wanting plant based products only.  


‘Simple Berry-tastic Smoothie’

1.   Handful of Frozen or Fresh Raspberries or Blackberries


2.  Handful of Fresh or Frozen Blueberries or other berries of choice like cranberries

3.  (1 to 2 pints) milk of your choice or like me 1 tin of Condense Milk (397g) 

4.  Add 400g (1 tin) of Coconut milk or 200g of creamed coconut with added crushed ice, water or milk ( I add extra cold milk or sometimes crushed ice)


 5.  Using a blender (mine is an old model Kenwood New York Smoothie).   Simply blend to a smooth texture.

Make sure you crush the ice before hand some blenders do break with larger lumps of ice!  Bash with a rolling pin in a freezer bag or use an ice-crusher.  

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Pour & Enjoy your Berry-tastic Smoothie!  


Check out my PIN INTEREST for more recipes:

Love from Shetland

‘Love from Shetland’ are a small business that produces handmade soaps and bath products with their own goats milk and a variety of oils.  The cosy new shop smells and looks great too!

 Please read the following:


‘New Location on Commercial Street’

On 28th of April ‘Love from Shetland’ re-opened their doors to customers this time at the other end of the main Commercial Street, Lerwick, Shetland.  They moved location from opposite the Queens Hotel to opposite Harry’s department store.  When I arranged to meet up with Esther Jarmson and chat about her skin products I didn’t realise it was their first day opening.  I remember it was a gorgeous sunny Saturday afternoon and from observation the atmosphere was buzzing with delighted customers young and old.  


The excitement gathered pace in the shop when the arrival of three week baby goat triplets Edwina, Flora & Daisy!


‘Connor the Goat’

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Connor is well known in the Shetland community in helping raise money for the local RNLI lifeboat.  A great worth while cause:

‘Product Information’

The first piece of information I read on ‘Love from Shetland’ was that all their soap products, quote:

go through rigorous cosmetic safety assessments to ensure that they are all lovely and safe for you to use

Their information leaflet also explains that they use no palm oil, parabens or nasty sis’s.   You’ll need to google what they all mean!  All products are made by hand by milking their goats and using up to 7 to 10 different oils in them.  

Esther goat milk soap creation is her own unique recipe.  There are no other soap products like it globally

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Gift Boxes

Visit ‘Love from Shetland’ SHOP for a variety of great gift ideas:

‘Popular by Demand’

The ‘Love from Shetland’ products are very popular with cruise ships, visiting tourists and locals.  The new shop is even more visible now that they have relocated.  In terms of the local community Esther runs workshops with local children and helps them make their own bath bombs.  As a bonus they get to cuddle the goats too!  

A fun and rewarding day at school I would say!

Keep a look out for ‘Love from Shetland’ EVENTS page:

‘Soap Products’

The first soap products I was shown was the ‘Blackcurrant Seed Oil’ and ‘Marula Oil’ soaps as seen in the following slideshow:


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The blackcurrant has been exceptionally good with a variety of skin conditions and is recommended by their customers.  See their positive REVIEWS on their ‘Love from Shetland’ facebook page:

The marula is a really moisturizing soap it is packed full of antioxidants that rid the skin of aging.  The only product I have used is the marula oil soap.  I recieved it as a gift last year on my birthday.  All I remember is that it lasted for ages and it is great on your skin.  

The Hand Felted soap range is explained by the following photo:


These soaps can be left in their felted pockets and used like a sponge. All the ‘Love from Shetland’ soaps are best used with a wooden soap dish with holes in it so as to air out and reuse.  These wooden dishes are sold seperately.  In the following photo is the hand made ‘oo’ gift bags.  Each ‘oo’ bag is felted by hand using Shetland wool.  They are all made by Esther mother Esme who was there to greet me when I first arrrived.  


The Shetland word ‘oo’ means ‘wool’ 

‘Bath Bombs Products’  


Lastly, the ‘Love from Shetland’ bath bomb products.  These are a firm favourite of mine.  They look great on display in their various baskets around the rustic looking shop.  They make great gifts too! 

Bath Bombs contain bicarbonate soda; citric acid; goats milk powder; avocado oil; jojoba oil; strawberry; clementine; prosecco; white lily; ginseng; blueberry and parma violet to name but a few…

To contact ‘Love from Shetland’


FaceBook page:

Call 01595 697326 











Unfinished Crafts & Grief

‘Mend or Make’

In the last month I have been spring cleaning.  There are numerous unfinished craft pieces I need to bin, mend or make.  Then grief came for a visit…

It isn’t an easy process decluttering any household items and more so with specific craft pieces.  So far the process of decluttering has a purpose on an emotional level too like grieving.  The illustrated image I found on pixabay by John Hain encapsulates the grieving process perfectly.  

I loss both parents to cancer as recently as 2016 and a beloved cat last June.  It is still raw and sometimes all you can do is grieve.  The grieving process recently came from decluttering my crafts and some pieces triggered my memories.  It is unexpected and the best thing I can do personally is to go with it.  Simply cry or I hand write out my immediate thoughts onto paper.  It is very healing and cathartic to do so.  


Thoughts written down somehow gives a release of emotions that spoken words can’t convey

Writing this blog piece wasn’t easy!  It edited so many times but I have perservered.  

‘Let go! your not a robot!’

Losing your parents are the tough ones and equally pets too.  Both is a double whammy of grief.  Last year while waiting in an airport lounge I came across an old co-worker who chatted about losing her husband.   It took her three months to really acknowledge her lost.  Like many she poured herself into her work with no days off.  Of course it lead her to nearly breakdown so on advide took some time off to grieve.  She found doing very long walks in all kinds of wild weather helped her to come to terms with her lost.  It was the best thing to do in her opinion to let go, cry and mourn.     

Some folks from what I have witnessed are like robots they become like workaholic machines.  It usually occurs without them noticing.  They keep them selves busy in order to stop any emotional release.  They don’t see the importance of remembering and reflection.  Verbally saying things like “its over they gone”, or “I am over the worst”, or “don’t talk about it concentrate on the present”.  I disagree and yes it is in the past don’t dwell too much but remember yes.  Never forget the impact they had on your life.      

Grieving has a place and it is good to remember all those that were close to your heart

One example of grief I have recently gone through was not finishing a little crochet cat blanket I was creating a few years ago.  After ackwoledging my feelings the blanket is nearly finished and I feel at last that is one craft near completion.  


I shall keep it in case I get another cat in the future.  Life does go on.     

‘Crafts are awesome!’

 Crafts and hobbies have a place to help relax and unwind the mind


I know grief has a pattern too.  It passes.  It is an important thread in the fabric of life.  It is natural we can’t do everything we want to do but to forsaking hobbies is never a good thing!  It is part of self caring, socialising, sharing and learning new skills.  When time and energy permits I endeavour to spend time mending and hopefully knit a groovy jumper I have my eye on.

Time is precious but time to yourself and engage in a hobby is in my opinion essential to your wellbeing be it crochet, baking, writing and so on…





Super Easy Summer Berry Muffins

Homemade muffins are one of my favourite snacks to bake.  In terms of my cooking abilities I always prefer to bake.  I love the whole process from start to finish.  

These muffins are sooooo easy to make and freeze for a rainy day 


4th Edition here

 I recommend these muffin recipes as they are so easy and quick!


‘Summer Berry Muffins’

10oz (280 g) plain flour

3 teaspoon (15ml) baking soda

Half teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt

4-5 oz (110-or less) white sugar (adjust to taste, depending on fruit)

1 egg

9 fl oz (260 ml) milk

3 fl oz (90 ml) corn oil or 3 oz (85 g) butter or margarine, melted

5-6 oz (140-170 g) summer fruit (any ‘berries’ either alone or in combination; blueberries; raspberries; blackberries; strawberries; redcurrants; blackcurrants; cherries and so on…), fresh or frozen – do not thaw frozen berries, larger-sized berries should be cut up

Eating frozen berries are a good snack too!  There is something healthy about eating it.  It tastes clean on the palate and it is crisp and tasty.  Buying frozen fruit is a must in my household.  They are healthy fruit fix!

  1. Prepare muffin tin or silicone. Preheat oven to 375-400˚F (200˚C)


  2. In a large bowl, sift together (or stir well with a fork) flour, baking soda and salt.  Stir in sugar.  Make a well in centre and set aside.

  3.   In a separate bowl, beat egg with a fork. Stir in milk and oil (or melted butter/margarine)

  4.   Cut larger pieces of frozen fruit into smaller pieces

  5. Pour all of the wet ingredients into dry. Stir just until combined. Gently fold in the berries at the end, using only 2-3 strokes.


  6. Spoon immediately into muffins cases.  Makes 12 standard size muffins.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes tops.  Frozen fruit will require an extra 4-5 minutes.  Muffins are done when tops are lightly browned.  I use a skewer to test they are cooked through the middle and not still raw inside.  They are usually bake perfectly in 25 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack and ready to eat after cooling or pop into the freezer to eat as a breakfast muffin or afternoon snack.   





Yasp on Da Waterfront

YASPlogo is a Shetland dialect word meaning lively and full of wellbeing

YASP is a new private physiotherapy clinic that opened in November 2017.  The location is on the picturesque waterfront of Scalloway harbour, Shetland.  The entrance to YASP is on the left side of the youth centre building.  

  • Opening times  – Tuesday to Friday and late night Thursday

YASPlogo Ethos is to put the patient first and aim to improve your physical health and quality of life, to make you YASP as as you can be!


YASPlogoTeam Members

In brief Margaret Gear MSc, MCSP is the practice principal.  She specialises in neurology (MS or stroke) and rehabilitation.  Paula BSc (Hons), MAACP, MCSP specialises in pain relief and acupuncture. Catherine BSc (Hons), MCSP specialises in hand wrist and arm therapy and in muscle and joint problems.  Judith Nisbet has a wealth of health care administration and assists with exercise classes.  For specific detail of each team member please visit the weblink here


YASPlogo Physiotherapy Clinic

Earlier this week I met with Margaret to chat about the new premises of YASP.  Margaret first gave me a guided tour around the two main physiotherapy treatment rooms.  Both rooms are purpose built and in one room it has a skylight and slanting roof.  I found both rooms equally spacious, well-lit and modern.  


In Margarets treatment room there are two doors.  The second door leads directly into the gymhall of the youth centre.  Upon entrance to the gymhall my eyes were drawn down to the well-polished floor with the usual game hall floor markings.  As I looked up on the opposite wall facing us there is a colourful wall mural I assume was created by the youth centre.  The gym hall is square in shape with high up windows that overlooked the harbour front.  Margaret explained that YASP hire the hall twice a week to conduct exercise classes for the wider community.

YASPlogoServices to the wider community 

Here is a list of what YASP offer;

  • 60 plus clubis an established free class availiable every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm 

  • Over 50’s class by popular demand YASPare now running this class every Tuesday from 10.30am 

  • An Escape Pain class is for people with knee or hip pain.  Combined with gentle and individualized exercise.  See YASPContacts below.

YASPlogoSpecialist Classes and Neurological conditions

  • Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease or strokecan access exercise classes at Clickimin Leisure Complex   If you are having a health problem that makes it difficult for you to exercise at the Clickimin centre at YASPthey can plan to offer classes that cater specifically for your needs.

  • Core 3 Exercise Classes are now running specifically for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  The classes comprise of floor exercise followed by a break with cooled water, and finishing with a circuit designed to improve balance, strength, mobility and fitness.  Seated exercise is available as an alternative to floor work for those unable to get down to the floor.  There is a free four page booklet with YASP patient testimonies and more information on new treatments specific to(MS).  Cost is £3.00 booked in advance or £4.00 to drop in.

  • ‘Mighty Moves’ is a Parkinson’s Fitness and Wellbeing Project It started on the 5th of April and runs until July 2018.  Margaret was keen to point out in the 1st YASP Spring 2018 newsletterthere is an opportunity for those living with Parkinson’s disease to participate in a new free class!  If you know of anyone in Shetland that has Parkinson’s do get in touch with YASP.    There are two available spaces.  The classes are free as funded until July.  


  • Most patients who receive acupuncture have up to six treatmentswith either Paula Wishart or Margaret Gear.  Top up sessions are available. 

  • The effects of acupuncture treatment are cumulative.  Some may feel immediate relief of their symptoms whilst others may see a gradual improvement.   It does not work for everyone.  

  • Acupuncture is safe when carried out by a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) because of the strict hygiene guidelines that must be adhered to and the training courses and educational updates that are required. 

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At YASPlogo we concentrate usually on movement, pain and your physical functioning.  We ask questions what are your expectations?  to help improve their quality of life and we negotiate together towards a goal. 

Margaret explained that the business collaborates with the local charitable organisations and NHS Shetland.  It helps folk that bit extra help with specific physical ailments for example, multiple sclerosis (MS).


Lastly, I asked these questions;

What are the best things about working in Shetland? 

Community and culture.  There exists a caring community with those with long-term conditions

What does the word YASP mean to you?  

YASP is obviously a Shetland word.  It has fallen out of use, but it means to be full of health.  Folk would ask about my father, “how is your father?  is he Yasp!? 


  • You can download a self-referral form online or email   

  • Phone contact 01595 747074 

  • You can also pop into the waiting room or leave messages in the secure letterbox outside. 

  • Margaret can arrange a home visit and go over suitability. Sometimes the service doesn’t cater for needs and YASP advised to seek treatment with the NHS.

  • Transport is available with the British Red Cross from Lerwick to Scalloway only.  You have to make your way to the capital Lerwick. I blog about the helpful British Red Cross – press link  

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Your writing is readable, lightsome and there is some really good health information on your blog 

– April 2018 Margaret Gear