Greetings for 2018!
Happy 2018!! With a New Year comes new resolutions, new hopes, and new recipes!! 2017 was a year filled with many ups and downs for me personally, but through it all I am proud to have started this blog, and moving forward I hope to continue sharing great recipes with you here!
Towards the end of 2017, I asked myself if this blog was heading in the direction that I wanted, and a friend had asked me what message I intended to send via the blog. “To teach young couples and singles how to cook and eat well” was my answer. This friend then asked me, “What do you like to cook/eat?” to which I replied, “Pretty much everything!”. Good answer for my stomach, not so good for pretty much my so-called “target audience”.
Reflecting on the kinds of food that I have enjoyed eating and making, I would very loosely categorize them as, “What I felt like eating”. What I had also realized over the past year was that “What I felt like eating” was also largely influenced by what I saw on social media videos at the time. Watch a video on “Best burgers” BOOM! Craved burgers. “Pizza? Fried Chicken?” Yup…
The reality of it is food on social media is inundated with oozy and shiny pictures of cheese, runny eggs, avocado, oversized sweets and large hunks of meat. Put all of these together, and yeah well… Let’s just say that waistline becomes a taboo word.
What I also realised was that as I aged, even though I “Felt like eating” something greasy, sweet or meaty, it was an impulse-induced, and my body would usually regret it after. Take fried chicken for example. I love fried foods, but I really, honestly, hate how I feel after I eat it after. Sluggish, greasy, lethargic, slow, sloth-like… Enough adjectives yet?
This post-Christmas season, after 3 consecutive days of heavy eating, I have to admit that I am well over the phase of eating large quantities of food. This despite regularly exercising 3-4 times a week. Don’t get me wrong; I still enjoy a good steak and burger. But I have decided to listen to my body, and to classify them as ‘occasion foods’. By that, I mean foods that I would enjoy on a special occasion.
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I also realized that in the pursuit of creating exciting recipes for the blog, I may have intimidated you from trying out these recipes at home. Pretty photos are nice, but if they stop you from trying out the recipes (too elaborate, hard to find ingredients, etc) I will dial the recipes back a notch.
So what does that mean for this blog, and you? Well, it means that you can look forward to simpler recipes and a focus on the basics of cooking!
I still firmly believe that food made at home is healthier, cheaper to make, and easy – once you know the basics. So my mission for 2018 is to bring these basics to you! As they say, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime”.
The banana bread recipe I am sharing here is called the ‘Best Kind of Healthy’ by virtue of being moist and packed with delicious banana flavor. I’ve added some texture to it with the addition of whole wheat flour, chia seeds (optional but nice added crunch), and removing the oil from the recipe. The moistness comes from the usage of greek yoghurt, and really – you won’t even notice the oil is missing once you try it! I’ve also halved the amount of sugar in this recipe to let the natural sweetness of the banana shine through.
Oh, and if you are wondering why my bananas look like black sludge, it’s because I always keep two ripe bananas sliced up and frozen in ziploc bags. You know when you buy bananas and you can’t just buy one and you buy a bunch, and are always left with a few going overripe at the worst possible time? Yup. Slice em and freeze em for that weekend bake. Save food. Save money. And yes, they still work a treat in banana bread. In fact, I think the banana flavors come out even more after!
Do give it a try. This really is one of those times where a healthier choice is also a delicious one.
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