Actually, it’s now Monday (approaching Tuesday)…but the weekend was excellent.
A little CFA studying ensued after the breakfast of cheese and bread and jellybeans, but the sun outside refused to be ignored. Took a walk down Prospect, where we encountered beautifully blooming flowers along the way. I loved the tulips of all colors that dotted many a yard. After a “detour” (aka walking in a circle), we wandered through the grassy trails at the bottom of East Rock.
Then down a few blocks on Orange, and then back to New Haven via State Street.
But not without a pastry stop. Finding nothing too interesting at Chestnut Fine Foods, we stopped at Marjolaine Pastry. Indecision, indecision. J chose the fruit tart – atop a pastry base sat glazed strawberry, blackberry, blueberry, pineapple, honeydew, and kiwi.
Nicely refreshing treat – and piqued my excitement for Paris!
Then back home, well, after a quick stop at Rite-aid. Easter candy on sale! Robin’s eggs and HUGE M&Ms (“to save me the hassle of picking out the peanut”).
Dinner was another J creation – another delicious J creation! The vegetable? Shepherd’s purse. I’d never heard of it, but apparently it’s a Shanghai thing. Along Fuzhou fish balls (which we thought were regular fish balls at first). I love my greens!
The urge to bake struck, so we made banana bread. I discovered that I like frozen bananas. As well as frozen bananas smeared with brown sugar and butter. Thankfully after my snacking, we still had enough bananas to bake with.
- 4 bananas
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Splash of vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine flour, baking soda and salt.
- Cream together butter and brown sugar in another bowl. Stir in mashed bananas.
- Pour banana mixture into the dry mixture and mix.
- Bake for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
Notice the lack of eggs? Well, I didn’t have any. But the banana bread turned out wonderful. So good, in fact, that we finished it the next morning. But I rationalized it as eating bananas. Note for next time: using such ripe bananas renders the brown sugar unnecessary.