My family don’t read my blog; they’re not remotely interested and think blogging is simply another of my eccentricities.  I didn’t tell them about the acupuncture, so it will be interesting – now that I am entering day three of not smoking – to see when they notice.  Because I always went outside to have a cigarette, it may well take them some time.  Still, I am rather peeved …

Original Bunn may be forgiven though; she’s been preoccupied with the pool party she threw yesterday.  I ought to be grateful that her party kept me busy with the food preparation for much of the morning.  Muffins, strawberry cake, chicken pies, date & honey cartwheels … I just kept churning things out of my oven.


The heat lately has been such that a bunch of bananas don’t make it home from the shops before turning brown and the only thing to do with them is bake.  I have a fail-proof recipe for these.

5 minute banana muffins

Smash up 5 bananas in a mixing bowl, add 1 egg and beat lightly.

Add a ½ cup of melted butter and ½ cup of white sugar and beat.

Add 2 cups flour, 1 tsp bicarb, 1 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.

Mix and divide into a 12 muffin baking tray.

Bake at 180C for 20 minutes.


48 Comments Add yours

  1. slpmartin says:

    Well at some point they will notice and I’m certain they will be very proud of what you are accomplishing…Cheers my friend and have a great day…but good night. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Charles, I am at the point of pounding on the neighbour’s door and begging …

  2. deepercolors says:

    OK. I will try this. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  3. souldipper says:

    Hope it’s the neighbours with the rooster and he’s loose.

    Love banana anything. You’ve given me an idea for a blog.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Great, I look forward to reading it 🙂

  4. Greg says:

    You are doing brilliantly and have inspired me to action my promise as well – I’m resolving to kick it one more time very soon too. Like Peter Gabriel said: Don’t Give Up!!

    As for “the only thing to do with (ripe bananas) is bake” – you’re wrong you know.
    Read the first line. May even be a better use for them considering your nicotine-deprived frame of mind at the moment!

    Hang in there.

  5. LOL @ Greg, really – daquiris for a tweenies party is an overkill, and you needed to be sure they wouldn’t steal your drink 😉

    Hang in there, you are getting past the worst. When in need, phone Lindsay?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Lyndsay are Susan are great inspiration 🙂

  6. adeeyoyo says:

    The banana muffins look great. I bought bananas yesterday and ate them all one straight after another – I had had such a craving for them! Enjoy your Sunday, Cin. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Gosh adee, I’ve heard they cause constipation if you eat too many in one go, hope that’s not the case with you!

      1. adeeyoyo says:

        Actually, I’ve had a problem with cramps in my feet and lower legs and I’ve been taking magnesium tabs which have helped a lot, but bananas are rich in magnesium and seeing as I was craving them, I ate them all (6 or 7) with no ill effects. 😉

      2. theonlycin says:

        I’ve just started taking Venavine capsules for the same malady, didn’t know about the bananas, thanks adee 🙂

  7. aardvarkian says:

    YAY!! Something I can bake,,,finally.

    BOO!! My family don’t read my blog either 😦

    1. theonlycin says:

      Seems a lot of us in the same boat 😦

  8. Tandy says:

    do not feel alone, Dave does not read my blog either. When I gave up smoking the first time it took him months to notice – and I smoked 20 a night with him right next to me!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh my word 😦
      (Can’t imagine you with a cigarette!)

  9. nrhatch says:

    (1) You are eccentric.

    (2) When they do realize you’ve quit, they’re apt to say something infuriating like, “Oh, you must have had an easy time of it. We didn’t notice anything amisss. . . . Are there any banana muffins about?”

    (3) In response, you will march over to the neighbor’s house for a smoke.

    (4) I like banana muffins! And strawberries on cake!

    1. theonlycin says:

      1) *blows raspberry*
      2) I’ll spit Merlot in their eyes …
      3) Have discovered a lady on the corner who sells loose cigarettes 😦
      4) Come on over 🙂

    2. nrhatch says:

      Oh, loose cigarettes . . . that sounds dangerous. 😦

      1. theonlycin says:

        Extrêmement dangereux 😦

  10. Jamie Dedes says:

    It all sounds wonderful, but the strawberry cake … oh my! Delicious. Looks like whipped cream frosting.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s actually vanilla-butter frosting 🙂

  11. gospelwriter says:

    Don’t blame you for being peeved… I would be too. And oolala, wish I’d been at that pool party, just to hang out with you in the kitchen. I could almost eat that strawberry cake picture right off the computer screen (why haven’t the techies figured out a way to do that yet??) 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I read somewhere that they are working on making it possible for aroma to ‘be on the computer’.

  12. thysleroux says:

    Now I understand the comment on my blog!
    Coincidence! LOL

    Interesting the whole thing about family…

    Like they paraphrase, “a prophet is seldom honored in her own country” … something like that.

  13. They are looking wonderful, as does that luscious cake. Your food must be quite a strength right now….hope all continues well…

  14. granny1947 says:

    I am so proud of you my friend…keep it up…love you lots

    1. theonlycin says:

      Don’t be proud yet 😦

  15. lifeinarecipe says:

    The food looks great! I will have to try your banana muffin recipe…I love baking with bananas. 🙂
    Hang in there with the non smoking efforts! You can do it!

  16. stilekke says:

    …good luck with the ciggies….it does become easier with time….but not much,……and you will be ever so proud when they notice….
    ..Cin…doen my `n gunsie en loer daar by “borrels”….nogal mooi skrywes…
    lekker bly hoor..

  17. Artswebshow says:

    This does look rather enticing.
    Shame my diet doesn’t permit this kind of food anymore. lol

    1. theonlycin says:

      Everything in moderation 🙂

  18. buttercup600 says:

    Thanks for that fab recipe…none of my family reads mine either 🙂 Hope you’re staying strong girlfriend xoxox

    1. theonlycin says:

      So op en af, vriendin, ek sukkel 😦

      1. buttercup600 says:

        Het jy die plakkers probeer? Di werk regtig, glo my….en jy taper down elke 3 weke…van stap 1 tot 3. Stap 3 is so lig dat jy dit na 2 weke kan los en mis dit nie meer nie….Ek voel vir jou…sooooo baie !! xoxoxoxo

      2. theonlycin says:

        Ek wag vir 9 uur, dan maak die apteek oop …

  19. Jo says:

    I really REALLY like saying the word “dangereux”…. 🙂

  20. napier says:

    Hi Cin, can you believe that I am happily addicted to Nicorette gum now 🙂
    Stopped ciggies over a year ago, but I am never without my gum.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m proud of you Napes, you’re a great inspiration to me and you have no idea how much I have thought of you in the past week!

  21. Tokeloshe says:

    I read and love your blog 😉

    Congratulations! We are proud of you.

    Great recipes and photos with a different perspective as always.

    Do you also stand on chairs to take photos ?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Tok, I’ve been known to stand on chairs, yes 😀

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