I’m sure everyone would have had one, or perhaps one too many, of those times when you anticipate your day or week to be as nondescript as the lifeless trudging of the Monday morning crowd to their little cubicled lives, only to find fate throwing a curve ball your way, sending everything in the path afore you to an instant disarray. On certain occasions, when the curve ball comes in the form of a surprise gift left on your office desk by a concerned colleague, or the large parcel of a long-forgotten online order awaiting you by the door, a little change to your day is most definitely welcomed, if not highly encouraged. On other occasions, when it comes in the form of a surprise bundle of last-minute assignments left on your office desk by a snooty superior, or the large bill on long-forgotten online orders awaiting you by the door, a little unexpected change to your day may have very well ruined your whole week.
I must be honest here; I’ve been struggling to update for some days now, with an entry deemed suitable enough in light of a news that happened quite recently in my personal life. Paragraphs of non-sequitur lines had been subject to back and forth deleting, as I stumble over the right words to express. I kept wondering, would it be inappropriate and seemingly desensitised of me to wax lackadaisically about the texture and taste of this photographed bread awaiting in my drafts folder, as though there had not been a defining change over the last two weeks, as though there is not a change we are still learning to adapt to in the weeks to come. It is with every change though, therein lies the two sides of the proverbial coin, and more often than not, as much as it pains me to admit it, it is usually the changes we are most adverse to that we find to be eventually laced with silver linings. There is a reason for everything, even the most minute changes, and for certain, in times of faith and hope, one will eventually find that change in itself will bring about the much-needed reason.
Wholemeal Banana Bread
(adapted from here)
3-4 overripe bananas
1⁄3 cup melted butter
3⁄4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1⁄2 cups wholemeal flour
Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a large bowl, mix the melted butter with the mashed bananas.
Add in brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Sift in the baking soda and wholemeal flour, and mix to combine.
Pour mixture into a greased and floured loaf pan, and bake for about 1 hour.