Category: Foodography

Chocolate Chip Walnut Banana Bread

Mmm…

banana bread

Ingredients

  • 5 very ripe bananas, mashed with a fork
  • 1/2 cups honey
  • 6 T butter, at room temperature, plus a tiny bit more to grease your pans
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 2.5 cups white flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (or any nut you like)
  • 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 T vanilla extract

1, 2, 3

  1. Fold in dry ingredients to the wet; chocolate chips and walnuts last – don’t overwork
  2. Bake at 375 degrees F or 180 degrees C for 45-60 minutes
  3. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream with a splash of rum

Food for Thought

  • I let my bananas sit for nearly 2.5 weeks before using them; the skins were black all over and they were uber mushy, but I still found that my banana bread didn’t exude too much banana flavour… thoughts?

Adjusted from Original Recipe: http://www.cookingforcommunity.com/recipes/old-bananas-banana-bread

Easter in San Francisco

Had a fantastic long weekend in the west coast; it’s been months since I’ve been and I missed it so dearly.  Much chillier than what I expected (i.e. shorts + tee weather), but given that it was in the bay area, I suppose in hindsight I’m not too surprised.  Went around doing some sightseeing that I never previously got to do, and also partook in my first official food truck event!

Sightseeing Highlights

Golden Gate from the Marin Headlands

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Momofuku Obsession

207 Second Avenue, New York, NY

Never did I think it was possible, but the 4 months working in NYC had me exhausted of consuming steak and sushi (not together, obviously).  Since then I haven’t touched a single perfectly charred and seasoned juicy ribeye or vibrantly fresh and creamy uni.  This weekend was going to be all about trying popular tourist-y places that are actually good.

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NYC: East Side

I never really longed to go to NYC – that is, up until I had to spend 4 months there for work, in which case now that it’s over, I find myself constantly longing to go back.  There’s a never-ending supply of things to do, things to see, and things to eat.  I just can’t get enough of it.

After a 2 month hiatus, I finally returned last weekend.  Staying with a fellow foodie, not only were the days and nights occupied with om noms, but also gracious accompaniments to the Met and UES /East Village walks.  Here’s to discovering there’s so much more than what meets the eye; kudos to reddit bringing folks together. Continue reading

What is Gooey Butter Cake?

Gooey Louie

6483 Chippewa Street  St. Louis, MO

One last STL classic before departing; gooey butter cake.  Served as a coffee cake, it’s a butter and yellow cake crust with a cream cheese filling who’s product is similar to that of cheesecake.   Story goes this was a mistake that worked: a baker added incorrect proportions of the ingredients and ended up with a gooey mess that stuck.

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