Change is most certainly in the air this week. An extra blanket on the bed, a warm pair of socks in the evening, packing up our bits and pieces and making the most of what's at hand. As Ben walked in the door this afternoon carrying the most lovely second hand change table he had discovered today, I was overwhelmed with joy and realised more than ever before just how much was changing in our little world. As we count down the weeks until we move, I'm finding a quiet calm in simple pleasures, unearthing beautiful family treasures and rainy afternoon baking.
Today I flipped through my grandmother's Domestic Arts School book from 1938. From the general rules of ironing and washing silk stockings to comparing stewing and roasting methods and cooking tests, it was all there, lovingly written in beautiful cursive script, each page with a perfect red margin. Inspired by its meticulous contents, well worn pages and dog eared recipes, my thoughts turned to a few frozen bananas waiting to be made into something delightful for afternoon tea.
Banana Bread (adapted from this recipe)
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup of butter, softened
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 1/2 cups of organic flour
A pinch of salt
A good sprinkle of cinnamon
Add bananas and butter to a mixing bowl and combine using your favourite wooden spoon. Then mix in sugar, egg and vanilla. Add in baking powder, salt and cinnamon and finally mix in flour.
Stir ingredients with love and pour into a lined loaf tin. Bake for 35 - 40 mins in a 180°C oven. Best served warm with a little butter and a cup of your favourite tea.
There is something remarkably comforting about baking for those you love, especially when you find your life once again packed up in boxes, patiently awaiting a new adventure.
What have you been baking lately?