A dozen of muffins

I had a bad day today.

It’s one of those days that I get very unpleasant experience from my work due to nasty colleague. I have been feeling angry and upset the whole day that I wanted to cancel my plan to bake some muffins for my student who is officially ending her attachment tomorrow.

I had my booked facility robbed for the n time. I had the yelling from the robber like that is definitely right for him to use my booked facility without my permission. “Get out now!” He yelled. And I had the door slammed on my face and that’s it. At the end of the day when I was home alone, I just felt like sleeping the day away so I won’t be wondered why there wasn’t any justice at all. I was lying on the floor with my phone. My best friend said that I should distract myself from thinking about that bloody stupid incident.

My bananas were on my kitchen counter. My flour and sugars were in my drawers, my eggs and milk were in the fridge. Suddenly it just came across to my mind that baking muffins really isn’t a bad idea at all.

In fact, baking a dozen of muffins is a brilliant idea!

Whenever I was down or I have problems in my PhD life, there is always someone I know I can turn to almost immediately. A quick counting gives a number of 12. Right, I met the rudest lab robber, but I have 12 persons supporting me from emotional supports to strategies planning even to emails constructing. I felt truly blessed when I thought of that, truly. L was surprised with my high spirit in the kitchen when he came home. I told him these 12 muffins must be made and they are only meant for 12 persons.

“12? Why?” He was very confused. I didn’t answer him but smiled.

Watching that 12 muffins rising up in the oven has never been such a happy moment in my muffin-baking history. I passed one muffin to L and he was really confused, “I get one of your muffins? I thought I won’t get one though,” I laughed. We shared one muffin on the sofa and we both had chocolate melts on our lips.

L, my husband who isn’t a professor in any school but I am sure he has a better judgement and taste.

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Banana Choc Chips muffins

Serves 12 muffins
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Website Modified from Taste.com.au


  • 6 Ripe banana (mashed)
  • 120g butter (melted)
  • 4 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar (plus 1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet choc chip
  • 4 eggs


Step 1
Whisk melted butter, eggs and milk together. Preheat the oven at 200C. Place 12 paper muffin cases in a muffin tray.
Step 2
Sift the flour into a big mixing bowl. Add the sugar and mix well. Make a well in the center and slowly add in the wet mixture from Step 1. Mix gently to combine the ingredients.
Step 3
Add the mashed banana and followed by the chocolate chips. Mix gently again until all ingredients are well combined.
Step 4
Spoon the mixture into 12 muffin cases and bake for 20 minutes.
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