Sunday, March 31, 2013

I don't get it.

I don't get it - 

When people are dishonest with the world it's okay,
But when people are dishonest with themselves, I don't get it

When people lie to the whole world it's okay 
But when they can see that other people know they're lying - and still keep lying, I don't get it

When people live in an open marriage and hit on other unsuspecting women
Assuming that they will reciprocate
Assuming they share the same polygamous principles of life they share with their spouse
I don't get it

When people reach out to you only in their times of need, it's okay
When people "make friends" with you on Facebook, it's okay (who cares about Facebook anyway), it's okay
When people take your response to your call/friend request for granted and think you will do favors for them, it's okay
But when people think everyone follows the same yardstick of right and wrong as you - it is not okay.

When people put others down to come up in life, it's okay
But when people think they will get away with it, it's not okay
Karma will catch up with them some day
Or worse, they will find themselves haunted by, hit back with the same people they pushed down

What may be right, what may be ethical for one, may not be right, may not be ethical for another
Why people don't understand this, I don't understand

Most people live their life for the world around them
Make choices not for themselves, but for the world around them
Do things thinking "what will society say?"
Do things because "it is the norm"
Okay - this, I get.

But some people
Live their life for themselves
Make choices for themselves
Do things because they feel are right, ethical, legal
As long as they do things that don't hurt others, why should anyone care?

But no. The world will not allow these people to live.
The world will hunt them down like hungry wolves
The world will single them out like outcasts
The world will ridicule them for having a mind of their own

The world can't see another's happiness if they are not happy.
If you are one of such minority, you have a good reason to feel truly happy
Because God made you special, your  parents made you special.
Because you were born with a special purpose. Not just to live the life of a vegetable - fresh today, rotten tomorrow.

Stick to your guns, hold your head high, have a clear conscience, life your life.
So long as you're true to yourself
So long as you don't harm anyone
You have the right to live. Much as everyone else. Much as the "majority."

Live your life how you want. So long as you

Live and Let Live.

Bake to Backing.. oops, Back to Baking!

Winter's about to end (we all hope it does, some day in 2013!) and yours truly decides to come out of hibernation and bake something. Yay for me!

Banana cake is a family favorite - rather, Daddy and daughter's favorite. When mother used to make it back then using a pressure cooker, we both used to "compete" in finishing it first! :) What I do is bake instead of pressure cook and since it turns out a little less moist than mum's, I call it the "banana bread." Smart, ain't I? ;-)

Anyway, enough of my bragging. Here goes. Hope you have as much fun eating as you do preparing it!

Banana Walnut Bread

One 13 X 9 medium sized loaf

2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar (or more, depending on how many sweet teeth one has)
1/3 cup unsalted butter
2 bananas (over ripe to the point where one simply cannot eat them as-is, DO NOT use regular ripe bananas - it will ruin the recipe)
1.5 cups flour (all purpose flour is the norm but it can easily be substituted with wheat or multi grain)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
A pinch of salt
A handful of walnut pieces (can be substituted with pecans, choco chips, tooty fruities, even completely exclude from the recipe)


Part I - Get the "wet stuff" together

Beat the eggs and add the sugar and butter. Blend them into a homogeneous liquid.
Mash the over ripe bananas and add them to this blend. Blend them all again.
If the mixture appears to curdle and smells gross, then it means you're on the right track.

Part II - Dry stuff

Mix the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together.
Crush the walnuts into small pieces. Roast them lightly. The roasting is optional; it gives a good crunch in the middle of the soft and sweet bread. But don't mix them in yet!
Make the oven ready: Switch it on to 340 degrees F or 170 degrees C.
Make the loaf pan ready: Grease the insides of the pan with a light layer or oil/butter. This to ensure that the bread does not stick to the pan when cooked.

Part III - Get everything together

Add the gross liquid to the powder mixture and mix them together. This takes a few minutes; the mixture will resemble an idli/pancake batter
Now add the crushed walnuts and gently fold them into the batter.
Pour this mixture into the greased loaf pan.
Bake for 30 minutes OR until a knife or skewer run through it comes out clean.

Later ...

Remove the loaf out of the pan and let it cool down. Wrap into an aluminium foil to retain moisture and into the fridge for storage.

The bread should stay fresh for 4-5 days. But it surely won't remain off people's hands for that long :-)

And the crack you see on top of the bread is a good sign too. It means the bread cooked through and the heat escaped. This is really as simple as it appears and not something you'd regret making. You might just convert to a baking lover for good!