Friday, March 04, 2011

Which one first?

If there are two news presented to you. You choose which to listen first?

The good news or the bad news.

For me, I always choose the latter as I like to end it with something nice and sweet.

Bad news is that my aunts departed for HK today. 5 days just seems to fly past simply too fast. I missed them the moment they got into the car and headed for the airport.

I missed the laughter, the conversation, the life experience they shared and the nightly update on what they did for the day. A house filled with activities and life, always bring a smile.

The quietness in the house was pretty lonesome and I was developing a strange aching feeling. I guess I am not a loner after all. I like people around me but lucky thing is that I also appreciate quiet moments like the peace that I get when all my kids are in school. I am so tough to please don’t I?

For going away present, I baked Banana Chocolate Chips Cakes for my aunts. The same recipe that I taken but from Banana cake that I done for the bloggers' party last year but incorporate Chocolate Chip.

This time round, I ran out of disposable cake pan and had to use a shallower ones, resulted in a "short" cake. Anyway, hope my aunts like this as it is a hot favourite in my home.


Then, the good news came. My son rang to say he passed his Geography with an A and one of his weakest subject, Literature which he failed for his final exam last year. This time round, he was able to get a B.

You won’t believe how happy I was. I was not the one that is overjoyed. During dinner time, my dear boy was going on and on. He was obviously very happy he has improved and achieved something good.

I took the opportunity not only to praise him but also to stress that if he puts in effort, he will definitely be proud of himself and that feeling rocks.

For first time, he didn’t argue with me on this and agree on this. Yea!

Now let’s wait to see whether he done as well as these two for the rest of his subjects.

I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #5 Fruity March (March 2011) hosted by Jess of Bakericious

What you need:

2 bananas, mashed or puree
150g unsalted butter
230g castor sugar
50g ground hazelnuts
2 eggs, lightly beaten
175g plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
133g sour cream
50 chocolate chips


Greased and lined a 18X7X8 cm deep loaf tin.

Preheat oven to 170 degree c.

Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy.

Add in ground hazelnuts and followed by eggs.

Sift in the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix well together.

Mix in the sour cream and finally add in the bananas.

Pour into pan and bake for 20 mins.
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  1. Congrats to your boy and good mummy! Love this banana cake! ;)

  2. I think being the mother, we can be more excited about the grades than the kid themself.

  3. I sure you feel proud of your son. Congrats ;)
    Nice bakes too~ ;)

  4. hi Edith,

    congrats to ur boy :)
    and dun worry, the feeling u have cos of your aunts departure, it's exactly like what i experience everytime my mum and dad goes back to Jakarta, and it happens every 3months!
    so when the feeling comes i always remind myself that their comeback is getting closer :)
    btw, ur banan chocolate cake looks delicious :)

  5. Thanks HBS.

    Actually Wendy, even though I am happy but this time round I think he was more excited than me. He kept going on and on during dinner time. LOLz.

    Thanks Cathy. Yes I am proud of him and hope he will continue his good work.

    Alice, I won't be able them any sooner as one of them is starting work and the other has a grand daughter to look after. My last aunt is now heavily involved in SPCA.

    For me to visit, it needs some effort as I have to care for my kids. haiz

    At least yours come every 3 months! something to look forward to.

  6. i can totally understand how it feels when someone leaves, but at least u have your happy boy around to keep the happy mood in the air. Your aunt must be enjoying her banana cake in HK!

  7. im sure your aunts miss you too...but your cake kept them accompanied for a little while more after they leave SG! :)

  8. I always like to take the bad news first! Because then I kinda forget about it when I get around to hearing about the food news :) haha... This cake looks delicious!

  9. crustabakes, I was happy to hear from my aunt that my uncle loved the cakes.

    Jean, thanks. They did.

    Von, I always go for bad news and then good news. End the day with sweet feeling is great.

  10. Congrats to your son Edith. The cake looks great, I can never resist banana cake, some more with chocolate chips, yum! BTW you have submitted this for Aspiring Bakers #5, pls mention it in your post. Thanks.

  11. Sorry Jess, too excited and overlooked this.

    Done up now.


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