Being on extended leave means that I’ve been happily spending more time at home. Winter is always a favourite time of year for me, so it’s been extra nice to enjoy the best of the season without also having to deal with daily commutes, office politics and day job blues.
Each day begins (of course) with a steaming hot cup of coffee. While I know purists would say that coffee shouldn’t be served at too high a temperature, to that I say ‘rubbish’. I like my coffee to be hot – REAL hot. Imagine how hot you think would be too hot, take that thought and then double it … you’d then end up pretty close to my temperature preference. I like to linger with my cup for a while, so if the coffee is too cool I have to hurry to drink it. There’s something so disappointing about having to rush through a cup of coffee.
While most winter days in Brisbane are really quite mild, our house is particularly cold. So I layer up with warm clothes, enjoy the company of a regular parade of hot drinks, and keep my hunger at bay with a good measure of comforting food. My current treat of choice is a healthy banana bread that I’ve now made a few times. It has very quickly become a favourite – it’s heavy on the banana, has a dense yet soft texture, and is filled with all sorts of good things. I top my version with a blend of crushed walnuts and a heavy-handed sprinkle of cinnamon. Bliss!
I’ve taken to warming thick-cut slices under the grill for a few minutes, and then serving it with a generous dollop of ricotta and a serious drizzle of honey. It’s the kind of food that keeps me going for at least a few hours. While I normally pair it with a huge cup of tea, some days another coffee just feels more appropriate. But then again everything is better with coffee, right?