Improving on a favorite: brown butter banana bread 焦化奶油香蕉麵包

I (optimistically) thought that there would be a temporary lull in work activity from July to August, but I was wrong.  It turns out my schedule is as packed as it was before but with different types of activities.  However, one of the best things about my work location is it operates on summer hours for the second part of July and most of August.  Summer hours means that the office closes earlier in the afternoons, and is closed on all day Fridays.   So my current plan is to work efficiently Monday-Thursdays from early in the mornings until 4:00, and then try to take a break from work-related activities on Fridays.  This Friday, I decided that I would bake~ and since my apartment’s temperature breaks 30C by 10:00 am, I try to do anything that involves turning on the oven early in the morning.  Bananas are really bountiful in Taiwan this time of year~ at really good prices, so I decided to take advantage of the situation and bake banana bread. I tried a new recipe this time, which involves using brown butter (also known as beurre noisette). Brown butter is  made by melting butter slowly over medium heat.  Once the butter begins to melt, it will foam, and the color will change from a sunny to golden yellow, until finally a toasty brown. (Note, I found it better to use a light bottomed pan to brown butter, because then you can easily observe the color changes~ also the butter will become very foamy~ make sure you push aside the foam with a spoon to check the color of the butter underneath!) Once you start to smell a slightly nutty, caramel-ly aroma, remove the pot from the stove and pour the butter into a bowl to cool.

最近工作時間有點小調整~事情雖然沒有少, 但內容有一些有趣的改變。 大概因為是夏天的關係吧, 最近都很早起。這段時間, 室內溫度沒有破 30 C 以前, 是一個烘培的好時機。 這一次, 我試著用焦化奶油做香蕉麵包。 焦化奶油會讓原本平凡的香蕉麵包味道多一個層次。

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Product Discovery and Review: Fruit Pay~ My Weekly Fruit Subscription Box 果物配心得

I decided this season is all about making healthier choices.  I re-joined my gym, after a year’s lapse, and I also started subscribing to a weekly fruit delivery service.  I always thought I was one of those people who always bought fruit on a regular basis, but in reality that habit falls to the wayside when work gets busy.

In Taipei, people buy usually buy fruit in three ways: at the traditional market, where fruit is sold by the kilogram, or at the supermarket, where fruit is prepackaged and priced, or at convenience stores, where fruit is sold pre-cut, in plastic containers. In an ideal world, I would like to tell you that I buy fruit at the fruit stands, but in reality they are long closed  for the day by the time I get off from work.  I’m usually stuck with the latter two options. Then, I find myself buying the same fruits over and over again, week after week.  So when my friend Peggy started using the fruit subscription service Fruit Pay, I decided to try it too.

I’ll first go over the ordering process, then I’ll show you the fruit that I’ve received so far. Then, I’ll tell you which ones were my favorites, and which ones I didn’t end up liking.  Lastly, I’ll make some comments about what I think about the services provided.

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Original image from http://www.fruitpay.com.tw

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