It seems there is a collective effort in the World to bake banana bread. I realized on my checklist that I haven’t done a quarantine banana bread yet? I sleep well most nights, except last night. Being awake at 4 am seemed like the perfect timing to cook banana bread.
I’m not Julia Child, but what could go wrong? I went to my kitchen and discovered that I had all the delicious ingredients. Except for bananas. Not a problem; it was just a tiny missing ingredient. I decided to do my banana bread with blueberries instead, but I’ll still call it banana bread because I didn’t get up from bed at 4 am to call this thing “a blueberry cake.” Let’s be serious, guys. A checklist is a checklist.
Then, I quickly discovered that my oven was not working. Well played, oven, well played. Out of all days, you need to stop working during quarantine? No other month, it has to be during quarantine lockdown? The nerve! Not a problem; it was just another tiny inconvenience.
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I decided to cook my banana bread on a pan on the stove. I Googled the right steps, and it was all going to work out. It took forever, maybe months or years, for that thing to cook in the oven. I decided to read a book while I waited, and the burning smell reminded me that there was a banana bread cooking on my stove and that it was time for breakfast. My banana bread came out a little dark and “crunchier” at the bottom.
Okay, I’ll admit that my banana bread looks ugly this morning. But I swear it tastes delicious. S H O C K I N G is yummy, yummy (introduce Justin Bieber). It was the perfect pick me up before a quick walk this morning (face mask included). I need some sleep before I could come back to work at my “home office.”
But hey, now I could checkmark banana bread from my list. Right?
So there you go, I call myself a chef now. Not a baking chef. Not a gourmet chef. But the other type of chef. The kind who cooks delicious salad recipes every day. Or Dominican dishes. And soups. Lots of soups.
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Wendy Reyes Vélez
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Recommended Book: Sweet Vegan Treats: 90 Recipes for Cookies, Brownies, Cakes, and Tarts