Weekend Baking: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins


Zero fuss is the golden rule for any baking in summer, so instead of making the mini banana chocolate chip muffins like last time, I opted for this recipe and made 12 large muffins using the neglected spotty bananas that no one wanted to eat.

Mhmmm – Delicious.

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The Question Mark

“. . . [A] well-placed question mark can be the difference between bliss and disaster, and a deeply respected period or a cleverly inserted ellipsis can prevent all kinds of exclamations.”

― David Levithan, The Lover’s Dictionary

The art of conversation is a hard skill to master. Stringing words together in the right way and releasing them at the right time seems perfectly easy until you encounter a problem. Your decision about where to place the question mark makes or breaks a conversation.

How do you remedy a misplaced question mark?

How frequently are you allowed to use it?

When does a caring question mark become a pester?

10 Must-try Food and Drinks in NZ

February 6 is Waitangi day in New Zealand and the weather was apparently extremely nice in Auckland (sunny 25°C). I’m sitting here in a sulk because I can see snow flurries outside my window and the temperature is hovering around 0°C. Instead of donning my sunnies and a pair of jandals at the beach, I’m wrapped up in a blanket with a hot cuppa in hand and my favourite Kiwi tracks playing in the background. My urge to go basking in the sun keeps getting stronger with every picture I see of people enjoying summer in New Zealand. I sigh when I look down at my fingers as I type because the lovely suntan I had acquired during my trip back there last December is getting lighter already. Plus, those pictures got me craving for things I cannot get over here. Here’s a list of 10 things I consider absolutely scrumptious and crave from time to time. These are a must-try for adventurous eaters visiting NZ.

Here it is, in no particular order:

  1. Whittaker’s Peanut Slab
  2. Griffin’s Squiggles Hokey Pokey Biscuits
  3. Cadbury’s Caramel Chocolate Bar
  4. Bluebird’s Burger Rings
  5. Pascall’s Pineapple Lumps
  6. Fish and Chips with Watties Tomato Sauce
  7. Steak and Cheese Pie
  8. Feijoas (It’s a fruit)
  9. L&P Drink
  10. Flat White Coffee

So. hungry. right. now.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the food here in Switzerland. It’s just that every once in a while I get the cravings for these mostly unhealthy but totes yummy things that I grew up with.

If you’re an ice cream person, you might want to give the Hokey pokey flavour a try. I personally love anything from the Killinchy Gold range, especially the maple syrup and walnut flavoured ice cream.

Anyway, here’s a clip of my favourite song by Kiwi band Six60 entitled Forever below.

What’s your favorite foodstuffs from NZ? Please let me know in the comments section 🙂