Jack: How can you sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless.
Algernon: Well, I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them.
– from The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde
I don’t butter my muffins, so I don’t have to worry about getting my cuffs greasy. And I hope this doesn’t make me heartless, but I think muffins are always a good choice, regardless of whether I’m calm or agitated. Somehow they’ve acquired the guise of a quasi-healthy food, and I’m sticking with it.
This muffin recipe is a perfect example. The pears and chocolate chips add sweetness, but not as much as if I’d made cookies. I wouldn’t eat cookies for breakfast (okay, I might, but I try not to make a habit of it) whereas eating muffins for breakfast – or snack, or dessert – seems perfectly legitimate. And while it’s important to be earnest, it’s even more important to eat your muffins with pleasure. In fact, it is the only way to eat them.