As I was driving home from town earlier today, I came to the scary realization that one of my biggest fears is that I have a brain tumor… but I think it’s just bad headaches. And then I end up in hospital where the doctor is nowhere near as good-looking as McDreamy because this is real life.
In conclusion, I watch far too much television, and I should also not drive without the radio on because then I start thinking up weird situations.
I’m a very imaginative person, some (my school teachers, for example) would say I’m a day-dreamer, and thus I tend to come up with far-fetched scenarios, or over-think things (very much in the way Taylor Swift over-thought things in the song Mine) and then before I know it… I’m in the car, sobbing by the side of the highway because I’ve scared myself with a possibility of a horrible life.
Over the years, I’ve always looked for distractions, things that could take me away from me so that I can just be, for a little while. In my teenage years, it was SnitchSeeker (it still is, sometimes heh) that provided that escapism, and now I find that baking shuts up my fears better than anything!
It’s something to do with the precision of measuring out ingredients, the routine of mixing, melting, baking… the whir of the Kitchenaid works as well as any sleep machine, too, and then… there’s the payoff. Chocolatey goodness, cookies, cupcakes, breads, muffins, pies, pastries, anything and everything that is good and guaranteed to cheer me up.
Today, I’m sharing a very simple recipe, a particular favourite of mine that has always been a hit with my baby brother, Adam. As a rather fussy customer, I find his to be one of the highest recommendations. He’s also quite cruel, in the way that Simon Cowell can be, when he doesn’t like something I’ve made. Enough rambling! On to the banana chocolate chip muffins!
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup buttermilk (or milk)
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 180C, line/grease your muffin tray
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
- In a medium bowl, mix the banana mash, melted butter, egg and buttermilk
- Pour the banana mix into the flour mix, and stir until just combined (I simply used a spatula for this entire recipe cos I didn’t want to over-mix anything)
- Stir in the chocolate chips
- Bake for 30 mins, or until a skewer inserted at an angle comes out clean
- Pop one into your mouth whole, mere minutes after it’s out of the oven, then soldier on as tears stream down your face cos it’s too damned hot, but sooooooo good!