It has been long since I played the game of Secret Santa - I am sure most of you are familiar with this game. It is not the gifts you wrap or unwrap that gives the happiness. It is more about the suspense, the secret letters and the guessing games as to who could be your Santa. I was introduced to this game when I was in hostel where every year we religiously play - we did have our semester exam during this time of the year but that never dampened our spirits. Nothing could possibly be a hindrance to this game when you have a whole hostel - 100 odd girls playing this game. We had a letter box where we could drop in letters addressed to our secret friend. The thrill of finding a letter addressed to you or small gifts that would mysteriously appear on your bed or a messenger getting it for you. Aah! Shopping for the gifts weren't easy either. It was always last minute purchases and all the 100 girls end up at the same store every time. We had to dodge our secret friends in the store to get across to buy gifts for them. Aah! Those were the small joys of Christmas.
I wonder as we begin to grow older, do we stop ourselves from enjoying those tiny little things we once enjoyed. So why not this Christmas try to relive your favorite memories - age is after all just a number. May be its a game of Secret Santa or going caroling or baking - let us grow younger this Christmas!
Over to my Christmas recipe - an easy to make muffin with lesser greased utensils. All the combining is done in one bowl - so what are you waiting for - hurry over and try this
(makes 10 muffins)
- Ripe Banana - 1/4 cup mashed
- Butter - 1/4 cup melted
- Brown sugar - 1/4 cup
- Egg - 1
- Wheat Flour - 1 cup
- Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
- Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
- Cocoa powder - 1 tbsp heaped
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degree centigrade
- Sieve together the dry ingredients - Wheat Flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt
- Take the mashed banana in a bowl and add the brown sugar and butter
- Break open an egg into this and add the vanilla essence and fold well to combine
- Now incorporate the dry ingredients in batches and mix well as you go
- Line your muffin tray with muffin cups or parchment paper and scoop out the batter into the cups.
- Bake at 180 degree centigrade for 20 minutes or till a pin inserted comes out clean.
- Once done move onto a cooling rack.
- Dust a bit of powdered sugar on the top for the finale.