I don’t know why I don’t use this space to actually blog rather than just keeping it as an archive dump for all my fanworks. I suppose that changing this (as well as finally getting the structure nailed down) is my Thanksgiving resolution.
J and I cooked a bunch of delicious food today. For breakfast we had waffles and fruit salad. Later, he made pumpkin pie, I made banana nut bread, and we started our Thanksgiving dinner which was a small white/dark turkey roast, mashed potatoes, green beans, and our mutual favourite: stuffing. Somewhat due to school, but mostly to work, I haven’t been cooking much. Part of it is an imagined lack of time, but really it’s just laziness. Since I work as a barista in a cafe, it’s easier just to grab a cheese roll or a pretzel or have the cook fix me a sandwich instead of preparing something beforehand myself! The past two days I stayed home and made lots of food and ate small meals throughout the day and oh, it felt so good! My other goal besides using this space for more diverse pursuits, is to cook a lot more. It really isn’t as tiring as I think it is, and I feel so much better when I’m eating well.
My banana nut bread today came out so delicious and fluffy. Since I typed up my recipe for Blue, I figured I’d also share it here! One of our housemates can’t eat dairy, so I often try and make whatever shareable foods vegan.
This recipe makes one loaf and is vegan if you use earth balance (or non-casein margarine) and applesauce in lieu of butter and eggs. ^_^
Banana Nut Bread
1t baking soda
1/2c melted butter (I use earth balance to omit the dairy, but another option is 1/4c vegetable oil)
2/3c sugar (i use half white, half brown)
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 – 1c nuts chopped (i used raw almonds and cashews, which came out much crunchier than my usual pecan/cashew blend)
dash of cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
1/2c unsweetened applesauce (in lieu of 2 eggs)
I also added a handful of raisins and dried cranberries which added some great texture to counter the crunch of the almonds!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, soda, spices). In another bowl, mash the bananas and add the other wet ingredients (butter, applesauce, vanilla). Mix the dry into the wet, add the nuts and any dried fruit, put into a greased pan and cook for about 1 hr, or until a butter knife slid into the centre comes out clean!