It's Sample Sunday Cookoff again! You can read a sample from my chicklit comedy mystery The Fashion Police and grab this easy peasy recipe for choc chip banana muffins that Amber was going to make with the bananas she picked up. Well, bananas are healthy, aren't they? And chocolate comes from cocoa, which is bean! Absolutely healthy then...

This was going to be a piece of cake. I would just sneak around, posing as an inconspicuous shopper, and snap a few pictures of Clark stacking shelves. Why had I been so worried about this job? It was ridiculously easy.

I heaved through the horde of shoppers, scanning the crowd for signs of any shelf-stocking activity. There was nothing going on in the fruit and veggie aisle, so I picked up a bag of bananas and wandered off in search of Clark. The bakery section was quiet and boring, except for the yummy smell of freshly baked bread. Ditto for the condiments aisle, the dairy aisle, and the cereal aisle. Maybe there was a special time of day when all the shelf-stockers were let out in a frenzy, and I’d missed it. 

I stood in front of the toiletries with the idea that if I stood there long enough, Clark would come to me. I could wait until closing time if need be, no problem. 

As it turned out, I lasted about ten minutes. I was reading the directions on a box of teeth-whitening strips when I heard a rustling sound coming from my bag of bananas.  Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the bananas begin to move.  

Wait a sec, bananas don’t move. 

I stared at the bag as my hands shook. Nope, the bananas weren’t moving at all. It was the ginormous tarantula inside the bag that was moving, tapping on the plastic with its hairy foot. I froze, hardly daring to breathe.

Omigod! Spider! 

In my mental world, I was screaming my head off, but in the real world, I think my mouth was just wide open with no sound coming out.

I threw the bag on the floor and rocketed out to the parking lot faster than the speed of light, probably warp factor ten at least.

I did some deep breathing as I jumped in the car and locked the doors, just to be on the safe side. There was no way, absolutely no sodding way that I was going back in there again while that spider was on the loose. Paul Clark and Brad would just have to wait.

Copyright © Sibel Hodge

u can find out more about The Fashion Police and my other novels on my book page.

And here's the recipe...


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
3/4 cup chocolate chips


Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. 

In another bowl combine the egg, oil, yogurt and vanilla and mix into the dry ingredients until moistened. 

Fold in the bananas and choc chips. 

Fill the muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 22-25 mins or until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Cool for 5 mins before removing to wire racks.

Voila! Scrumptious easy peasy muffins!

Happy Cooking!

Sibel xx