may contain nuts
Darn, our snow only lasted a day. Since then it's been cold and crisp and the stars are out tonight. Other parts of Lower Saxony got absolutely covered in snow and there were car accidents, power outages and many delays. More of the white stuff expected on Monday.
I woke up with a raging headache this morning and decided that taking a brisk walk down to the post office to drop off a parcel might do me some good. Unfortunately, the post office closed half an hour earlier than I thought it did so when I got there just after 12:30, everything was locked up tight. The parcel will have to wait until Monday.
After that, in the spirit of Nachbarschaftspflege ('cultivating that neighbourly feeling' would be a rough translation) we hopped over the fence and had a couple of mugs Glühwein (pronounced 'glue-vine') with our neighbours. Glühwein in our area is made from red wine simmered with cinnamon, cloves and lemon peel and served hot. Too much of it can really go to your head. Just go to the German Christmas markets and you'll see what I mean.
Much to my surprise, instead of getting worse, my headache actually improved and I spent the afternoon digging out Christmas decorations and decorating our Advent wreath which will go on the table tomorrow. I was also in the mood to do some baking and needed to use up a couple of ripe bananas so I made this banana, cranberry and walnut quick bread and had to restrain myself from eating the whole loaf.
Banana, Cranberry and Walnut Bread - makes 1 loaf
Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
1 1/4 cups flour (not self-rising)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup cranberries, fresh or frozen
In large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, mix eggs, oil, sugar, mashed bananas and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients, stirring until blended. Stir in nuts (if using) and cranberries. Turn into greased and floured loaf pan and bake at 350F (180C) for about 1 hour or until wooden skewer stuck into centre of loaf comes out clean (I had to bake mine quite a bit longer). Let cool on rack before removing from pan.
Oh, and before I go, here, direct from our living room, is a bit of pre-Christmas kitsch just for J.