It’s been quite a week! I’ve been busy with work, not sleeping, and overwhelmed with life in every quarter-life-crisis sense possible.
The week started out great, actually. Sunday I went to the farmer’s market and yoga. I made pesto and zucchini bread. All seemed pretty serene. Then this week happened and I’m feeling a little disheveled.
These moments of uncertainty in life are very frequent. Sometimes they’re welcomed…. after all, this is an exciting time, right? But they’re also scary, lonely and make me downright clueless.
So what do I do to deal with it? Well besides break down and have a good cry after a long day? I have drinks with a girlfriend whom I haven’t seen in years. I go to yoga. I shop (maybe a tad too much). I rearrange the furniture in my apartment. I paint my nails metallic gold. I bake zucchini bread, which reminds me of extended family get-togethers full of laughter and love.
Comfort. Support. Ease. Taste good. Feel good.
This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart.
- 1 large zucchini
- 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (from Trader Joe’s)
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, and set aside. Grate zucchini on the large holes of a box grater (to yield 1 3/4 cups); set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together sugars, oil, vanilla, and eggs.
- Into a small bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spice mix, and salt. Add flour mixture to egg mixture, and stir to combine well. Stir in grated zucchini.
- Pour batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack, then reinvert, top side up. Cool completely before slicing.
It’s almost the weekend. Ready to recharge. And bake another zucchini bread.