Have you ever noticed that “small talk” usually refers to talking about the weather, music, books and movies?
Whenever someone asks me what kind of music I listen to I usually tense up. A typical young adult conversation goes something like this:
Person 1: What kind of music do you listen to?
Person 2: Oh a little bit of everything… (at this point the person is being polite but eagerly anticipating spouting off a list of the great)
Person 1: What are some of your favorites?
Person 2: Well, Radiohead, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd… (note: if you’re talking to a hipster you’ll probably get some obscure band in there and maybe a Le Tigre or Rilo Kiley).
Person 1: Awesome, I love Radiohead.
That’s not really how it happens for me. Usually, I avoid that question at all costs by turning it around and asking what they listen to, because let’s be realistic no one wants to hear that your favorites are Beyonce and Shakira. Should you dare to admit which ones you actually like, you are bound to be met with a confused glare and an undoubted perceptive drop in IQ in the mind of the asker (the exception to this being foreign pop… if you like that, you’re golden. Thank God for Juanes).
So while my musical taste may be abysmal, I feel that I have two redeeming qualities: movies and baking.
I like my fair share of ridiculous movies (ahem… New Moon… *cough*), but I like Wes Anderson movies as much as the next person and thought Raging Bull was great! I feel that I can adequately have a semi-productive conversation with a “movie snob.”
My other redeeming quality…
Blueberry Coconut Oat Muffins with Maple Oat Topping
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 a small banana mashed
2 1/2 tbsp almond butter
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 fresh or frozen blueberries
splash of milk, water or juice if batter too firm (I added about 1/4 cup)
Preheat oven to 350degrees. Combine all the wet ingredients in a bowl. Add the dry ingredients (fold in blueberries at the end). Fill greased muffin pan with batter (about half full), top with crunchy maple oat topping (recipe below). Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on strength of your oven. (Note: you can veganify them by adding an extra 1/4 cup of applesauce or another half of banana instead of the egg)
Crunchy Maple Oat Topping
2 tbsp flour
1/4 cup oats
1/2 tbps coconut oil
1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
Mix together with your fingers to get a crumbly topping.
I may not know everything there is to know about “good” music, but I can make a hell of a muffin from scratch!
Not to mention they’re low fat and pretty healthy as far as muffins go.
Back to school work… Enjoy the rest of your weekend!