New Year is the time for new beginnings and time to eat more sensibly, compare to what I have been eating since my Christmas break from work. I must admit that I know better and shouldn't have ate most of the stuff that I ate, but in my defense it the Holidays! :D First it was Christmas then its New Year and in my family this season is food, food and more food. This being my favorite holiday not only because I get to have long break from work, the weather is awesome no snow (we don't get that here) but it's cool and breezy. People tend to be more cheerful during this season too! More importantly, I love going to family reunions, high school friends reunion and etc.
But now that New Year have past, with everything going back to normal (you wouldn't believe the New Year and Christmas frenzy here), sad to say but it's time to go back to my diet and my threadmill *sob* I know I know, I'm not so happy about it either, but Summer is fast approaching and it's gonna be hot! (Summer season starts early here in Manila, usually around March till May). I have to at least look good and not too flabby in my swinsuit.
What a better way to start a new healthier year but with a Banana Streusel Cake. I got this version off Flo Braker's Baking for All Occasions. I'm ashamed to admit it but I have been ogling at this book ever since I got it months ago, I just got distracted and wasn't able to try any recipe from this book until now. It amazes me to see that the last time I made banana bread was around 3 years and 9 months ago! My favorite go to recipe is Nigella Lawson's however since my book of hers was ruined, I settled on trying something new. Braker's recipe won by a long shot because of the streusel topping, I'm a huge sucker for streusel toppings. Its sweet and crunchy and cinnamony! Love it. It smelled awesome too! Didn't realized that cinnamon goes well with bananas, although still don't like eating banana cake/bread. But my family does so it won't go to waste.