Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Extra Moist Banana Raisin Cake


Sometimes I describe my stuff like they are people. Because that's how I think of them. It's creepy, but I feel it. I swear.

...and I am not even the type of person who can talk (out loud) to the thin air/the sun/the rain/myself/pets/babies/plants/stuff around me. I noticed that many people can, and I truly envy them.

I would normally end up sitting at a corner with frustration...watching others playing and "talking" to babies or pets. The "chi goo chi goo" and the "you like that, dontcha? you adorable lil' angel. yes you are, yes you are!" seem to charm the heck outta the concerned babies/pets. It's not that I didn't try...I did! but it just won't come outta me. The maximum I could do is..."hey...ehm...errr...cute? ehm...err...cute." Appalled by my desperate attempts, the babies/pets in question would just cry or go away. Sigh.

It must be a great release just to say everything out, even if it is to someone/something who can't really respond. We just wanna be "heard", right?

- I've witnessed friends who talk to their stuff. Some friends talk to their plants, ranging from authoritative commands to desperate pleas, begging them to flower, or asking them not to die..
- or some who scream out "Faster! Faster! FASTER!!!" in their room (sounds familiar? LOL!) to their..........computers...hoping they will download, well, faster (hehe)
- Not to mention those who love heart-to-teddy bear talks about everything...including financial matters (during economic crisis just like this) or love/heart breaks (he/she loves me/loves me not kinda thing)

All are great! and I am so jealous for not being able to do it...cos I know it helps. Things/babies/pets hear us out. My most recent experience was with my sis' car. It's old, and I was suggesting to replace it with a new one. We were discussing which potential cars she might like...and there and then, right in front of my sis' apartment, the car stopped cold. I think he's (yes, it is a he) pissed.

Same thing goes for my kitchen appliances. Although I don't talk to them, I feel them. I feel my oven's jealousy when I kept using the stove, and vice versa. I think the blender absolutely hates me now, as I almost never use it...and the hand mixer probably feels like a VIP, as I only pulls it out during special occasions when I need to bake fancy schmancy baked goods.

First thing's first, let me fix my relationship with my loaf pan. It doesn't look very happy being used as a storage of spice mixes. Let me utilise it before it gets completely pissed and decides to go rusty on me or something ^_^

Extra Moist Banana Raisin Cake

Recipe
- 1 cup all purpose flour (sifted)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- a dash of vanilla essence
- 5 small ripe bananas or 3 regular bananas (mashed)
- a couple handfuls of raisins

Preheat oven to 175C. In a mixing bowl, mix flour, sugar, and salt. Make a well in the middle. In another bowl, mix eggs, oil, milk, and vanilla essence. Pour liquid into the well in the middle of the flour, mix well, fold in bananas and raisins, pour into a greased loaf pan or muffin/cupcake mold or lined with paper liners. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

The cake was super moist, and it's perfect with a cup of earl grey.

Now I'll need to do something about that blender. Damage control. Maybe some goo-chi goo-chi you're so cute will do?

33 comments:

Lidia Sianturi said...

hehehe...you are indeed a good writer Rit! I kept smiling while reading this post..realizing that I am the one of many whom you envy for communicating with things...

hey but a baby is not a thing though...:P

niwei d cake looks yummm...

Rita said...

Haha, I feel the oposite way about my kitchen appliances, I feel sorry for them when I use them a lot. Just today I used my processor twice, and thought"gee, you're working hard today, aren't you..."
Are we crazy??? Maybe it's a Rita's thing...

Ning said...

I like bananas, but I don not like raisins :(

SIG said...

Hahaha, that's very cute.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

hahah talk to ur appliances..hmmm mayb u can direct them to mix and cook and bake..ESPECIALLY CLEAN!

canarygirl said...

HAHAHA! LMFAO Rita! I talk to the animals/babies/birds/dog/plants around my house...but have yet to experience the appliance connection, well, you know, unless it breaks while I'm using it. Then I just get pissed off at it. hehe

noobcook said...

hehehe, you are one wacky funny gal. I've never felt for my kitchen tools, that's why my cake (if I ever manage to bake one) isn't extra moist and pretty like yours ;p

MiNDY said...

duh elo tuh mang lutu ya Rit. gw selalu senyum² klo baca tulisan elo. kapan² ta' coba resepnya. soalnya gw baru bisa makan pisang klo dijadiin cake/cookies.

Snooky doodle said...

This looks yummy :) have to try it.

FFichiban said...

Hee hee awesome post as usual and the cake looks great.

Christy said...

That's really interesting...dun worry too much about the communication part, it's okay:D

Raisins are nice...but I'm not a fan of banana though...although I am thinking that the combination in moist cake may not be that bad;)

Pam said...

You crack me up! I always laugh when I visit your site. The cake looks delicious - my kids would love it.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Sounds good to me, love the combo!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, that cake looks really delicious! A wonderful combination of ingredients!

Cheers,

Rosa

Sharon said...

I speak to my car all the time. "She" threatens to break down if we don't shower "her" with soothing words.

Glad you got out the loaf pan. Your cake looks yummy!

eliza said...

always refreshing and funny! i hope you stay cute that way Rit :D

Mochachocolata Rita said...

thanks for the comments, guys...

hehe Lydia...a baby isn't a thing indeed, it is precious! (when will i have one and will i be able to goochigoochi to my bb? i hope so)

rita, yes...it must be rita's thing...i guess ur processor should be really happy ^_^

hi joe...yeah i scrub 'em and i know they loveeee being scrubbed hehe

nikki, awwww, i just worry they might get pissed at me and refuse to work at critical moments

noobcook...better start talkin, eh?
i don't talk to them, i just try to use them fairly hehe

sharon, maybe i really need to start to talk to everyone/everything hehe

Cutie said...

Wow, that's a good recipe. Hmm, I'm wondering if the taste will be better if added some chocolate chips. Hehe...

Grace said...

you do tickly my funny bone. :)
great recipe--i love the addition of raisins, and it does indeed look extra moist.

Shreya said...

looks extra moist indeed..love the combo banana and raisins..:-)
jealousy in appliances?:D interesting..

tigerfish said...

Hahhaha...then my cookie cutter must be saying something to me...and I used it!

Argus Lou said...

I'm like you, as in I can't talk to babies much. To dogs, at most I'll say, "Hey, sweetie."

By the way, I'm really tempted to make your banana-raisin cake which has so little sugar. (Maybe I can top it with a white choc ganache?) ^_^ Thanks for sharing.

Retno Prihadana said...

Rit, aku juga barusan bikin banana bread ngabisin pisang yang kulitnya mulai bintik2 coklat. Banana cake dah pernah nyoba tapi blon sukses, nyicip duluuu ah.

FD said...

yum yum! love bananas, love raisins
i can eat em all day :-)
the cakes??? we just had the hari raya celebration and lotsa my colleagues brought some cakes to the office...and i was in heaven gobbling em away :-)

Nick said...

I think my blender hates me too, but moreso because I use it almost everyday to make ice cream and it's starting to moan and groan when I throw in the frozen fruit =/. Your banana cake looks great and I'd have to agree with your tea choice, Earl Grey is my absolute fav.

deeTha said...

aku pengen...

taste memory said...

haven't started talking to appliances yet....but could sure go for a slice of that cake + a must have with a cuppa earl grey....u r tooo funny !!!

CECIL said...

Lemme see...babies/kids - er..I am super bad with them!! Don't know what to do with them, gendong2 aja aku tuh agak2 panik. Haha. Boro2 'oohh cute'. However, I do talk to my drawings..'Let's see..how about this here?'

I want a piece or two of your cake!! It looks sooo delicious.

Resto Mariena said...

Keliatan banget bolu nya moist banget deh Rita !! Resto Mariena buka lg tapi mau mau nggak nggak heee. Tau nih Rit..aku lg nggak mood banget nge blog. Capek ngurus anak iyaa...sakit kemarin ini iyaa. Maaf kan diri ku kalo jarang mampir ya Rit...met weekend

Deborah said...

Haha!! I actually talk to my child - that is still in the womb!! I must look like a crazy woman to people like you! This cake looks great!

Kevin said...

Banana cake is one of my favorites and this one does looks nice and moist and good.

Cakelaw said...

LOL - I hope that your loaf pan is placated now that you have baked this delicious cake in it.

Liliana said...

I treat my appliances with the utmost respect as they always seems to be working hard. Now if they only would clean themselves!

Your banana bread sounds delicious!