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When things fall into your lap. Or not like Zucchini bread

Pooh's fantasy ©Cookaroo

Holidays are supposed to rejuvenate you, make you feel like you have a new lease on life, make you want to love everything around. I am not feeling that at all.

No no, I had a wonderful break. Very intense, very bonding and very fun. This trip made a lot of memories some of which were photographed (and cannot be displayed) and some which can’t even be talked about.

Yet, here I am, sitting at work, staring into the abyss that is my computer and feeling restless. And fed up.

I-don’t-want-to-work-anymore. That’s the chant that’s going through my mind over and over. I just don’t. I am feeling tired looking at the sentences that need to be corrected, at the photographs that need to be found, at the words that need to be written.

So what do you to do my husband asks me. I don’t know I say, I just don’t feel like going to an office everyday.

When I think about this question – the thoughts I get in my mind are rather a temporary solution  - I want to read a cookbook, I want to cook some, I want to make what people ask of me, I want to throw a party, I want to go grocery shopping  - but I do not want to work.

Is this an itch that is never going to end? Will I ever get a break? Will things I want to do never fall into my lap?

Which reminds me – that this recipe for the Zucchini bread – literally fell into my lap the other day. The book had just arrived and I was sitting out and marking the recipes that interested me and this caught my eye. I had everything lying around the house, even the apples for the apple sauce.

And it seemed healthy enough to try as a breakfast recipe the next morning. Except for grating the zucchini, nearly everything is only about throwing all the ingredients in. By the time you've washed up, showered and set the table out for breakfast, the bread is ready. Eaten warm with some butter or soaking in some honey, either way, this is an excellent comfort fix.

I wish this feeling would just go away. I don't want to feel this fed up.

Me wants ©Cookaroo

Zucchini Walnut bread

Adapted from Ellie Krieger's Comfort Food Fix: Feel-Good Favorites Made Healthy. Available in IndiaUS and UK

3/4 cup whole wheat  flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup  oil
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (see note)
2  eggs
1 small zucchini (6 oz), coarsely grated (about 1 1/4 cup)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Coat 9 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

2. Whisk together flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp salt in large bowl. In another large bowl, whisk together oil, applesauce, and eggs. Stir in zucchini.

3. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, mixing just enough to combine. Stir in walnuts.

4.. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until wooden skewer inserted into center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool 15 minutes in pan, then transfer bread to rack to cool completely before slicing.

Note: To make apple sauce - Take 4 ripe apples which have softened a bit, peel, core and dice. Put it in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 cup water and two sticks of cinnamon. Let it simmer, till the apples are stewed and crush with the back of the spoon. Cool and use. Apple sauce freezes well. 

Bread not cake ©Cookaroo

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