I love banana cakes!  50% of the time when I buy bananas, it’s not cos I particularly wanna eat the fruit.  It’s because I wanna wait for them to get over-ripe in a couple of days, and then bake a cake with them!

At least a decade ago, I bought the book, How to Be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson, and from there, I learnt how to make an amazing banana cake.  It was light, it was moist, and bursting with awesome banana flavour.  But then years passed, and my interest in baking waned.  I haven’t been able to locate that book anywhere at my parents’ or my home, and they don’t seem to be selling the book anymore.  At least not at Kinokuniya.  

Still I soldiered on, tried out a few online banana cake recipes.  Some were better than others, but they didn’t bowl me over, and they certainly didn’t taste like the banana cake I used to love.  

Then one fine Thursday, this Thursday just past actually, I stumbled upon another recipe for banana cake.  This time, the recipe was quite different from the other not-quite-there recipes in that the oil gets mixed in last.  I was intrigued enough to try it, and it turned out the fluffiest and moistest banana cake I’ve ever had the pleasure of making. 

So this one definitely goes into my recipe treasure trove.  It’s from Wen’s Delight.  As usual, I made some small amendments to the recipe, my usual sugar reduction, and the addition of cinnamon, cos I love the smell of cinnamon baking in the oven.  I’m gonna be making this very often!

I have a couple more recipes to log that I made this weekend for a dinner party we hosted for E and her lovely family.  This week was hell on the work front, but my luck with awesome recipes always seems to be on a high point whenever work is kind of heading south.  Time to trade in those Louboutin heels for a full-time homemaker apron maybe…… hahaha!

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I’ve been trying my hand at making pancakes last week.  And I’ve caught on to the idea of making my own blueberry maple syrup, which means I’ve been up to my ears in blueberries.  Now that the pancake craze has died down this weekend, I decided to use up the last of the blueberries to make […]

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I have a new book. It’s a cookbook. It’s not my first and it certainly won’t be my last, but it’s the first cookbook I’ve owned that I can’t keep my hands off, for some inexplicable reason. I mean, I can hazard a couple of guesses why that would be so, like – The book […]

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Two weeks proper since I became Mrs C.  I’d like to say it’s a milestone of sorts, but marriage feels, surprisingly, sedate.  Not much has changed other than the fact that there’s now someone in bed with me (almost) every night, and I cook for two now, as opposed to just dabao-ing for one. To […]

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To draw parallels between wedding preparations and having my teeth pulled wouldn’t be too far from the truth, at least for the last couple of months. I’ve never really been much of a people person. Admittedly, I’m more socially awkward than social butterfly. And ironically, while a marriage involves myself and one other person, a […]

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Last week, E and I had dinner with his parents and sister at this Italian place. One of the specials was a burrata rocket salad with these little red tomatoes which go by names like cherry tomatoes, or worse, honey tomatoes which is very often a misnomer cos they’re rarely sweet enough to be associated […]

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I had an amazing time with the BFF in Melbourne back in early May.  We were there for four full days – two days in the city, and two days heading to and from the Mornington Peninsula.  So many highlights, so many lessons, it’s true what they say, you can’t know someone until you’ve travelled […]

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A girlfriend told me earlier this week that her kids remarked that “Auntie L must be rich, cos she drives a bright red Mercedes.”  That was somewhat flattering… I think.  I don’t think they meant anything by it though personally, I think wealth, or the perception thereof, is relative.  To someone who would and could splash […]

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I’ve spent the last 48 hours ruminating.  It’s a strange time to be thinking because I’m in transition – at the tail end of my vacation, on the plane on the way home, catching up on my sleep, and getting back to the grind after 3 days of temporary work-amnesia.  But with me, things are […]

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I’ve been struggling to stay on top of my life recently. A lot of times, I feel like a spectator in the things are happening around and to me. Cos there are simply too many variables in any one situation, and there’s no way I can anticipate all of it. So I sit back most […]

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