When I was 16 years old, I decided to cook dinner for my family every night for the whole summer. I would put together meal ideas, a grocery, and then plan how I would prepare everything in time for dinner. It was a lot of work, especially for someone that was just learning how to cook, but I loved it. The most rewarding part was the feeling of taking care of my family and their appreciation. Since then, I have related cooking & baking to showing someone that you love and care about them.
Now that I live on my own, I enjoy cooking for myself, but also for my boyfriend. He has a very busy schedule, so I try to cook him meals that he can keep in his fridge to warm up for dinner when he gets home from work. I also like preparing his favorites treats, like this banana bread, because it makes him happy, but also shows him that I’m thinking about him.
This is a recipe that I got from a Betty Crocker cookbook. A little trick to add moisture to the bread is to add about ¼ cup of yogurt to the mix.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cup mashed banana (approx. 5 medium)
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup oil or melted butter
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts
- Pre-heat oven to 350˚F and grease pan.
- In a large bowl, mix together: flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together: egs, banana, sugar oil.
- Add the egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture and stir until moistened. Fold in the walnuts.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes.
What are some of your favorite dishes to prepare for your loved ones? What are others ways that you like to show them that you love & care about them?