It was a dark and stormy night....
In the overwhelming darkness - for it is always darkest before the dawn - Linda began her day in her Homefires Bakery, in the rear of Dan's Market. Breads, rolls, cookies, muffins, pies, cakes, dog biscuits: all would decorate the showcase and shelves by the time the rosy fingered dawn reached over the horizon. And it was there, by the dawn's early light, she began creating her delicious, sought-after oat bran muffins.
Gathering together the ingredients, Linda discovered the oat bran was missing. Oops-a-daisy! What now?
Necessity is said to be the mother of invention. Undaunted, Linda - not one to be discombobulated by an apparent disaster, for how can you have oat bran muffins without oat bran? - quickly substituted wheat bran and rolled oats. Too dry; must have more moisture! In went mashed banana and blueberries and a little more canola oil. Into the muffin pans and the oven, and then the wait.
They baked; they cooled, The taste test followed. A short while later, I performed my own taste test - a blind tasting, as I didn't know what this muffin was, other than delicious.
Success! As with wine, a successful blending of varieties - or in this case, ingredients - can lead to an enticing new product, perfect with a cup of hot tea or coffee, or with a glass of cold milk.
With a little help from my friends John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Snoopy, an old adage, the poet Homer, Francis Scott Key and possibly, Plato.