the ecosystem of emotions

I knew that I’ve been saving this banana bread entry for a reason. I may not have known it then, but I knew that there was a reason behind the unrelenting writer’s block I’ve been battling each time I attempt to put into words how delightfully pleasing this bake was to the family and me. And to think that I could only begin to seek comfort in these long overdue photographs, and reminisce beautiful late afternoons, all thanks to a horrid shopping experience I had yesterday.

Indulge me on a little rant here. Or if you’d like, you can skip this lil part, for I promise you a great banana bread awaits by the end of it.

//begin rant//

As you know, the mister’s birthday was sometime last week, and being the missus comic book geek that I was, I placed an order for the hardcover edition of Absolute DC: The New Frontier at Atomic Comics; a local comic book store at Bugis Junction, on the 21st, about 3 weeks prior to the mister’s birthday. The lady told me that the shipment would arrive in 2 to 3 weeks’ time, but when I called on the week before the birthday, she said it would arrive either the coming week or the next (note: now “2 to 3 weeks” has become 2 to 4 weeks). And so, yesterday the mister and I dropped in at the store, to check the status of the comic, and lo and behold, what did the mister hear? The lady spoke to a man at the cashier’s (the co-owner), asking if he had already placed the order, to which he replied he knew nothing about it, and there was a 10-sec “I told you to do it-No you didnt” moment before his very eyes. And they said all this in Mandarin, assuming we didn’t understand a word (we’re Malays, but living here in Singapore, it is inevitable that we understand a lil bit of Mandarin here and there), after which the man casually replied “Two weeks’ time”.

Honestly, the audacity of it all! I would have already been very ticked off if they had said they had forgotten to place the order, of which of course, there would’ve been the retort of me calling the lady two weeks ago, which would’ve served as a reminder for her. But to think that they did not have the decency to admit their mistake, opting instead to divulge it in a language they assumed we did not comprehend, and thereafter having the nerves to make us wait for more than a month for a mistake on their part, which they never admitted to? The sheer audacity.

//end rant//

Pardon me if you’re taken aback by the amount of anger and frustration in the afore paragraphs, but I just needed an outlet to let it out.

But having gone through all that, there has to be an emotive balance somehow, and I found them through much love from everyone else around me. And that includes a certain Mrs. Hockmeyer.

She was generous enough to share her lovely banana bread recipe sometime ago, and wouldn’t she be smiling with a warmer smile in her heart knowing that what started as a humble family favourite has now become a much-loved recipe tried by people from all walks of life, all over the world.

This is one banana bread you would love to have unadorned. Such is the beauty of the recipe that it tastes great on its own, without the addition of nuts or chocolate or spices of sorts. Just banana, in all of its goodness. The only change I made to it was to reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup, I was surprised to find that it did not compromise the taste at all; the amount of sweetness was just right, and it was testamental when it was wiped out by the family in a jiffy.

Just between you and me, as I’m typing this entry out, I’m already yearning for a piece of Mrs. Hockmeyer’s banana bread. How lovingly nostalgic.

What made my day even better was when I found out that I’ve received two virtual awards from two of my favourite blogs.

Thank you, dear Elyn for this lovely award! It’s truly an honour because your blog was one of the propelling reasons for me to start my own. If you haven’t already visited this Hello Kitty-loving lady, you should head on there for beautiful shots and unique kitchen tools she has!

I’d like to pass on this award to:


Much love to dearest Indigo for this award! I absolutely adore her blog; it’s quirky, witty, and she never fails to astound you with beautiful dishes.

I’d like to pass on this award to:

Happy Home Baking


17 thoughts on “the ecosystem of emotions

  1. the mister bie

    Hah! You go, bubu!

    You forgot to mention the part where I asked to cancel the order and for a refund of your deposit. You know, the part where his face looked like a **** piece of **** *** as he handed back our fifty bucks.

    Their behaviour was ABSOLUTE-ly disgusting. I mean I’ve already heard ABSOLUTE-ly bad things about them through the comic book geeks grapevine but never did I think that I’d be on the receiving end of their ABSOLUTE-ly appalling behaviour. To all comic book geeks (and of course, missus-es of comic book geeks) we ABSOLUTE-ly recommend NOT patronizing that store.

    Anyhoo, fret not dear, at least we now have it on order from my reliable, friendly neighbourhood comic book guy! I’m still VERY much looking forward to receiving it! πŸ˜€

    And with reference to the banana bread?

    It’s a funny, yellow banana day….”

    Hehe… πŸ˜›

  2. jean-marie

    It’s that shop near Kino, right? I asked P if he knows the shop, and he said very bad service. Talk about infamy! And congrats on the awards πŸ˜›

  3. linda

    First, I can totally understand you wanting to rant about the comic book store,
    Second, congrats on the awards, because your worth it πŸ˜‰
    Third, thanks a million for awarding me an excellence award! It’s my first and you made me very happy πŸ™‚
    And fourth, that’s some delicious looking banana bread with a beautiful crumb you had in the archives.

  4. Indigo

    Congratulations on both (well-deserved) awards – I love your blog so it seemed only right to pass it on! That banana bread looks gorgeous; perfect for weekends at home ^__^

  5. ovenhaven Post author

    the mister bie: I’m so sorry that this particular present had to be way overdue, bie 😦 I hope we’ll get it soon!

    jean: Thanks πŸ™‚ Haha, that shop has bad rep, I reckon.

    linda: Thanks, sweetie. And no problem; you totally deserve the excellence award! I’m surprised you haven’t gotten it yet πŸ˜›

    Indigo: Thank you, dearie πŸ™‚ Yup, the banana bread is absolutely perfect for late lazy weekend afternoons, and the best part is that it’s so easy to do! The baking I mean, not the lazing around part πŸ˜›

    Happy Homebaker: No problem, HHB. With all the picture-perfect baking and cooking on your blog, how can it not get an ‘E’? πŸ˜‰

  6. sweetrosie

    oh dear ovenhaven! what a beautiful award! Thank you so much. I feel very honoured, and very touched πŸ™‚

    I am a bit odd when faced with salespeople like your comic lady – I would have pursed my lips and asked her to get her manager for me. Then the company would have received a strongly worded letter about “customer service focus” blahdee, blah. I don’t know what comes over me. I’m quite shy and non-confrontational by nature, but bad service will do it for me every time πŸ™‚

    Have a lovely week, and – thank you again, my award is beautiful.xx

  7. sweet-tooth

    Long time no leave comment(?!)
    Your bakes still look as fantastic πŸ˜€
    Hehe i’m into bread lately, and banana bread is definitely on the list πŸ˜‰
    Cheers to bananas!

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  9. Cakespy

    Ugh, that would have left me eager to cram my face with banana bread. But no–this looks like it’s worth savoring. Close your eyes…take a bite..and forget!

  10. ovenhaven Post author

    didally: No problem, sweetie. Hopefully it’s impetus for you to update! πŸ˜› Miss your photos.

    sweetrosie: Don’t mention it, dearie. You deserve the award πŸ™‚ Oh, and I’m similar to you as well! There always seems to be a trigger in my head that goes off each time I get bad service. This time round the mister knew I was going to make a scene, so just demanded a refund of my deposit, and left the scene of the crime. πŸ˜›

    sweet-tooth: Heyhey, thanks. I’ve been wondering where you went off to. Good to see you back! πŸ™‚

    Cakespy: Haha! Yup, that’s exactly what I did. The savoring part, of course.

  11. happygrub

    Hey Zhullie, thanks for the award!! And thanks for letting me on the whole spam thingy.. That was super nice of you!

    Anyway, boo to bad service!

    By the way, do you know the difference between banana bread and banana cake? Is it in the texture? The taste?

  12. ovenhaven Post author

    Sure thing, dearie. As for the bread versus cake debate, for me the difference lies in the texture. When I think of a banana bread, it’s more of a quickbread muffin texture, something drier and denser, because of the lack of the creaming method (incorporation of air). For cakes, it would be something lighter and fluffier like your usual cakes.

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