A contented life is made up many things, some large and some small.
For most of us, these tiny things are those which fill our daily lives, making our routines less monotonous, and adding salt to an otherwise normal and boring life.
These things don’t necessarily have to be expensive or unattainable, but usually bring us pleasure because of their consistent simplicity.
They bring us joy in small amounts, but are constant reminders of life’s blessings, a reason to celebrate and gather together, toasting to another day, month or year well-lived and loved.
It’s knowing that our lives count due to these seemingly insignificant happenings, and that our entire experience is the sum of a zillion tiny events and things, all of which make a difference.
Sometimes, it’s turning on the radio in the morning and hearing your favorite song on air. Other times, it’s the smell of fresh morning dew, greeting you in your face as you throw open your door. It could also be the fact that you have a good hair day, and everyone tells you how much you’re glowing. Or it could be the long-distance phone call with your good friend late at night, making home feel less far away.
Or perhaps, it could just be something as simple as a fresh loaf of banana bread on your table, still warm from the oven, waiting to be devoured..
It’s sitting there very temptingly, cooling from the heat of the oven.. seducing my senses..
Like so many good things in life, banana bread is simple, comforting, easily attainable, and is packed with love..
Sometimes it really doesn’t take much for me to be happy…
A delicious loaf of homemade banana bread, and a kitchen swirling with the sweet aroma of bananas is all is takes to make my night.. Let’s dig in, shall we?
BANANA BREAD (Makes 1 medium loaf)
– Adapted from Juan’s Aunty Miriam’s recipe
1) 1 large banana (or 2 small bananas)
2) 1 small espresso cup of vegetable cooking oil
3) 1 cup of sugar
4) 1 egg
5) 2 cups of self-raising flour
1) Pre-heat oven at 170 deg celcius
2) Peel and cut banana into small pieces
3) In a blender, blend banana pieces, oil, sugar and egg
4) Pour blended banana mixture into a mixing bowl
5) Sift in self-raising flour
6) Mix well to get homogenous batter (note if batter is too thick, add a little milk; if too liquid, add a bit more flour)
7) Grease and flour a baking mould (the size of a bread loaf)
8) Pour batter into mould
8) Bake in pre-heated oven at 170 deg cel for 40 – 50 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean when poked in the middle)
9) Allow banana bread to cool for 10 minutes before removing it from mould
Cut banana into small pieces:
Blend banana, oil, sugar and egg in a blender:
Until you get a smooth mixture and pour into mixing bowl:
Sift in self-raising flour:
Mix well to get homogeneous batter:
Grease and flour a baking mould:
Pour batter into mould:
Fresh out of the oven!