Hope all of you have had a great start to the week.
As I was about to write this post, it dawned on me, that, this is actually my 3o1st post. I didn’t realise that I had reached the mark already. And I immediately felt a wave of nostalgia come over me. How could I have thought, on that cold December night of 2006, that, something which I was starting, without anything particular in mind, would go on to become such a real passion. It was such a casual start….just look at the name…’Sunita’s world’…it’s as simple as that…no second thoughts. But, again, it was meant to be a reflection of my simple world… a record of my ramblings as I sailed through life. It was not for any audience…was just like an online diary. After spending the day in a flurry of activities, running after two young kids, this was my ‘me time’, so to speak.
I loved to write and I loved to cook and bake. The kitchen has always been my lab…and I started to record the results of my experiments along with my thoughts…the reason…so that I could return to them, for reference, if needed. And then, came the comments and the emails…so, someone was actually reading them! How strange! And from then on, started the bond, the bond that we food bloggers share. Countries, religion, nothing matters…all bound by the common love of food. And those people, all of you wonderful people, most of whom I haven’t even seen, have become a part of my life…encouraging and sharing…I have learnt so much from all of you…not just about food, but of different aspects of life as well.
I was overwhelmed the most, earlier on in this year, when I mistakenly ( read ’stupidly’) deleted my blog! Do you remember that? More than a years’ worth of work, wiped out in a second. But then, the love started pouring in. So many of you – some of whose names, I hadn’t even heard of before that day- came forward, with suggestions, with bookmarked posts, even going through Googles’ caches, trying to recover my posts, and of course, the moral support. No, I did not ask you to go through all that immense trouble, but then, you don’t need to tell friends that, do you? I just asked for suggestions, you did much more than that…yes, with every email that I received that day, my eyes were misty all over again. It was a very long day…the next morning, Google did restore my blog, but all the love and concern of the previous day, made an indelible impression on me. Thank you everyone, for being there.
Maybe, I should head back to the kitchen, now… Right! I made these blueberry, cornmeal and banana cupcakes,
many, many moons ago. Just remembered when Rengoni was asking about them. So here goes…
1 large , ripe banana, mashed
4 tblspn of dark brown sugar
5 tblsp oil
5 tblsp of milk
1 C fine cornmeal
1/2 C wholewheat flour (atta)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
a pinch of salt
a handful of blueberries, slightly poked
- Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C and line a cupcake tray.
- Whisk together the egg, banana, oil, milk and sugar.
- In another bowl, mix together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, cinnamon powder, salt and blueberries.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and tip in the egg mixture.
- Fold in. Spoon tblsps of the mixture into the cupcake cases ( makes
- Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake till a toothpick inserted, comes out clean. **
** Sorry, I am unable to give the exact time for baking. When the cupcakes begin to rise and the blueberries begin to leave their juices for a while, and the tops are firm and crack, that would be a nice time to do the test. Just remember that due to the juices from the berries, the toothpick may have some of it sticking to it.
The cupcakes were really soft and not overtly sweet.