Slow Sunday, banana bread & my first recording
I’ve had a slow Sunday and Saturday, my life filled with ordinary things and lots of joys along the way.
Still evening air with a magpie—chatak chatak
Sun low in the sky warm and mellow
Autumn leaves and damp nutty smelling soil
Lazy late afternoon after hearty lunch
Friendship and laughter
Warmth and coziness
Big jumpers and hot mugs of something nice
Sun shining through moving trees
Next doors cat swishing past
Early morning just before sunrise
Early morning just after sunrise
Sharing food with friends
Taking time to take time
Splashing about through muddy ground
Banana and cinnamon bread
It’s the perfect season for banana bread over here in the UK. This recipe is simple to make, and easy to eat!
1¾ cups flour (white or spelt or wholewheat)
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1/2 cup soft unsalted butter
¾ cup jaggery
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Pre-heat your oven to 350 F. Grease a 9x5 bread tin. Beat the butter in a mixer with the jaggery until fluffy, add the eggs one at a time (add a little flour if curdling threatens), then add other ingredients. Cook for about 45 minutes, test with a knife. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Cool for about 10 minutes before taking out of the tin, then finish cooling on a wire rack. This is nice served with the quick raspberry recipe jam that you can find here.
My first recording
I have been trying to get my recording software to work today, unsuccessfully, again, and so I thought I would share my work in progress. I have recorded the first episode of my Sam Series fall asleep story—Tangerine Beginnings—on my iPad using voiceover and no headset/mic. Once I find someone to teach me how to use the recording equipment, I’ll record it again for a professional sound, and I won’t switch payments on for the recordings until they sound professional, but perhaps the journey is worth sharing.
I hope you enjoy this. Please let me know in the comments what you think, would you prefer me to wait until I am able to edit the sound?
As I settle down for the evening, the stars are out, my kitchen beckons, candlelight flickers, and my slow Sunday is coming to an end. Tonight I think I will dream about night skies and tall, tall trees.
Wishing you the warmest,