I know a lot of you read my blog because I write about photography, writing, and my general observations about the world around me. This blog is also about exploring creativity. So what am I doing making this misfit post about blackberry muffins?
It has been busy on the day job lately, and when I am stressed and tired, I don’t feel like writing or taking photos. Instead I spend my time hop-scotching around the internet. And fooling around in the kitchen. So I really must be creatively blocked when I can make both activities intersect.
A couple of weeks ago, while wasting time online rather than writing, I discovered The Happy Hobbits. The Happy Hobbits are two sisters who are Tolkien fans and who regularly contribute to The One Ring fan website. I stumbled across their now viral video of them reacting to the reactions of the stars reacting to their reaction to the second Hobbit movie trailer. ( It’s hard to explain so you just may want to view it yourself: http://youtu.be/X1XsnHQSJso ).
Anyway, watching this video led me to their Youtube Channel. One of the other videos on their channel is on making “Second Breakfast Blackberry Cake” (LotR fans will know about Second Breakfasts). I thought it sounded good so I attempted to make the cake. Not wanting to heat up my oven on a hot day, I made it in my toaster oven. Not such a good idea when one forgets to switch the toaster oven from broiler to bake. I ended up with burned blackberry pudding. Baking is much like writing. If something isn’t working, you pitch it out and try a different approach. In this case, I tried the recipe again and made muffins.
There are a lot of streams coming together here — baking, literature, film, social media, toaster ovens — but a confluence like this often results in a creative breakthrough. So along with my gastric fluids flowing, so are my creative juices. Thanks, Happy Hobbits, for giving me some insights on my process along with a good recipe.
If you would like to see their video, here it is: