Now that I have started work, I feel like writing about my experiences therein. It has been wonderful going back to work, meeting people, doing seemingly important sounding stuff like conducting meetings, making presentations, reviewing report and so on.
What is more lovely; the warmth and the support of my colleagues. I feel perfectly comfortable with them and I appreciate how much they support and help me unlearn and relearn everyday stuff. While I take baby steps into this old-new world, I wanted to do something special to thank this amazing bunch of people. Weekends in this part of the world are Fridays and Saturdays. So on Thursday, I rushed home and scrolled through my recipe books to figure out what I can make. I wasn’t able to put my finger on any of the recipes. I scanned my kitchen and found some ripe bananas and I knew a Banana Bread was in order. I decided to give it a healthy twist by using wholemeal flour ( 1/2 the quantity) and liberally sprinkled chocolate chips to make it as appetizing as possible.
I even added some leftover hazelnut meal to pack in more flavour. All in a bid to show how much their encouragement means to me. The Bread was an instant hit with my little one, grabbing a slice and gobbling it up in no time. That’s a sign, I thought. It will be well received, I was sure now.
So happy and content, I waited for Sunday to come, so that I could take it to office. Sunday is the first day of the week. Seriously. Don’t laugh.
I intentionally kept my bread box outside because has been on the better than pleasant all these days.
Sunday came. Excited, I arranged the slices delicately in a box and took them to office. I offered it to my lovely colleagues. They praised it to the skies. They said, I shouldn’t be in this office, I should be out there, selling my bakes.
I was so happy and thrilled with the appreciation. I thought this was the best thing I could have done to woo my colleagues. The best idea ever
Post lunch I saw a few crumbs that remained and felt the impulse to taste it. I hadn’t really tasted it. Don’t ask me why. Sometimes I do not even taste whatever I bake.
The moment I put it in my mouth I realized the banana bread had gone stale!!!!!!!
I cursed myself for not keeping it in the refrigerator. Another realization that dawned was that my colleagues had eaten it without a murmur or complaint. In fact they praised my efforts generously. How utterly sweet can they possibly be!!! I wanted the earth to swallow me right then. I apologized to them and asked them why they didn’t tell me that it had gone bad. They said, when they saw it, it looked wonderful and they understood the feeling behind it. They would have it again, if I were to give them a stale banana bread again. Where have these people come from!!
Needless to say, I was touched beyond any measure. Then and there, I made up my mind to compensate and make them something that really tasted good and wasn’t stale. But that is the dope for another post.
For now, here’s the
Recipe for the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup of whole-wheat flour
3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed
2 large eggs
1/3 cup of light olive oil (or any oil)
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup hazelnut meal
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
dash of salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, dash of fresh nutmeg
3/4 cup chocolate chips(bittersweet) and or any nuts you like ( handful of roasted nuts)
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of golden syrup (can substitute maple syrup)
- Place the flours, dash of salt, baking powder, spices, hazelnut meal, and sugar in the bowl and mix well.
- In a small bowl, combine the eggs, oil, corn syrup or maple syrup, milk and mashed bananas. Add this mixture to the dry mixture and mix well with a balloon whisk. Add the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter in a loaf pan, lined with parchment or baking paper. Bake in a preheated 350F (180 C) oven for about 45 to 55 minutes, until a small knife inserted in the middle of the cake comes out dry. Cool, serve.
It feels like I am giving out a recipe of a stale banana bread but you have to trust me it was wonderfully received by my husband and daughter.
I had to share this story about my workplace since it solemnly makes me believe in the goodness of people. Touchwood!