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When life gives you…

“What about when life gives you bananas?”

When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. This saying means that when you have a bad situation in life you should try to make the best you can from it. But what about when life gives you bananas? If you’ve never seen a banana tree with a bunch of bananas hanging from it you will be surprised at how many of the fruit come from just one bunch. I like to think of bananas representing a good situation in life where if life gives you bananas you should enjoy them to their fullest even up to the end when they become brown and spotted.img_48421

“…if life gives you bananas you should enjoy them to their fullest even up to the end when they become brown and spotted.”

Today’s recipe is a use for those spotted old bananas! Banana bread! I found this recipe online and tweaked it a bit to fit what I like. (As any home cook should do when they find a new recipe)

 

Taking two or three of your very ripe bananas throw them into a bowl with 1/3 cup of butter (preferably melted but mine was room temp soft). Mix them well until bananas are well mashed.

Next Add in 1 teaspoon of baking soda, this is going to make your bread light and springy. Also throw in a pinch of salt, a dash of cinnamon, and 3/4 a cup of sugar. The original recipe said to put a whole cup but I don’t think I need that much. Lastly crack in one egg (I had a turkey egg so why not) and add a splash of vanilla.

Here is where I got a little fancy and decided to sift my 1 1/4 cup of flour into the mixture. By sifting the flour it makes sure that your batter won’t have any lumps and will blend better. Next grab your bread pans and spray them with some cooking oil before filling them with your mixture.

Bake these at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until the bread has cooked thru. Use a toothpick to check that the center is not doughy.

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Dinner Diaries

Shrimp with Lobster Sauce

…On special days like today I would usually suggest ordering a pizza or making instant noodles…

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I enjoy cooking most of the time but every once in a while I become extremely lazy… I mean who doesn’t? When it comes to dinner I like to plan things out a few days in advance so that I can make sure to have all my ingredients at home.  But for some reason I did not feel like doing any of that. On special days like today I would usually suggest ordering a pizza or making instant noodles and forgo the whole cooking part but this time I felt like I owed it to myself to make something worthwhile.   Continue reading “Dinner Diaries”

Mochi memoirs

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…Three men using giant hammers would pound the rice while one crazy guy would push the rice with his bare hands!

When I think of New Years a few things come to mind: Fireworks, red fish, and mochi. Living in a desert that doesn’t allow fireworks I am left with only one of the three, mochi. Long time ago I remember watching an old home video at my grandmother’s house of various aunts and uncles making mochi the traditional way. Continue reading “Mochi memoirs”