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Simple Banana Cake

I first got the original recipe off when I had a whole bunch of bananas that were simply wasting away. This recipe’s a bit of a deviation from the original simply because I didn’t have those ingredients on hand at the time but it all came out fine anyway. So here’s my own adulterated recipe for a really simple but really yummy banana cake.
1 cup self-raising flour
Olive oil
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 extra-ripe banana

Before starting off, dust out a regular loaf pan or baking tin with a bit of flour, tapping out the excess. This prevents your cake from sticking to the pan later.

In a large bowl, pour in your cup of self-raising flour. Create a ‘well’ in the middle of the flour and drop in your overripe banana. With your wooden spoon, mash the banana till it’s completely mushy and then drop in your eggs and sugar. Mix all these together and while mixing, slowly add in the olive oil till you get a rather thick batter.

If you’re like me and have to do everything manual without the aid of an electric mixer, always remember that when doing baking of any sort, that you have to mix or stir in only one single direction. Don’t go clockwise in the first 10 minutes and then switch to anti-clockwise for the next 10 minutes coz then you’re just adding a whole lot of unnecessary air into your batter and your cake will be full of “holes” when baked due to the air pockets that you have created. So go ahead and take your time while stirring. Watch a bit of television if you want but just remember to stir in only one direction.

Once you have your batter ready, take a minute out to preheat your oven to about 325 Farenheit. While the oven’s heating, pour your batter out into the baking tin or loaf pan which you had floured earlier. Holding the pan about an inch or so off the top of your kitchen counter or table, lightly ‘drop’ the pan down onto your kitchen counter about 2 or 3 times. This gets rid of any any air pockets that might have formed in the batter while you were pouring it out from the bowl into the pan. It also makes sure that your batter is flat and even in the pan and that your cake won’t turn out lopsided.

Once that is done, put your cake to bake for about 60mins. To check if your cake is done, insert a toothpick into the center of your cake and if it comes out clean, voila! Your cake is ready!

Once the cake is ready, cool the cake for about 15 minutes before removing it from the pan and serving. And there you have it! Nice, moist and very yummy banana cake, all homemade!

August 10, 2008 at 4:50 am Leave a comment

Hello! Ongaku thanks YOU!!

With the blessings of the good people at JPH!P, the epic celebratory episode of Hello! Ongaku came and went with neither hiccup nor glitch. Depending on the timezone that you are living in, the Hello! Ongaku 100th Episode Special was a 10-hour long roller-coaster ride of fun, laughter, giggles chockfull of nonsensical nonsense that lasted almost all through the day/night! Spanning a grand total of 100 songs over 6 different hosts to commemorate the occasion, Hello! Ongaku made JPH!P radio history by being the first show to go on ‘live’ for a full 10-hours! You can download a full recording of the entire 10-hour show right here by clicking on this link.

For the 3 years that Hello! Ongaku has been on-air, from our teething days on Radiofreemars till the time when we moved on to a more permanent home at JPH!P Radio, the show has seen an overwhelming amount of support from both the good people at JPH!P but also from the random listeners that have found Hello! Ongaku through the Shoutcast listings. The relationships that we have built as well as the feelings that we have experienced on-air of both joy and pain were all very real and shared very much with those who have been with us. We will always remember the inaugural Rika Birthday Special that we did for our very first episode and we will also never forget the memorial for marimari’s passing which we also had the honour of hosting as a group.

Hello! Ongaku and the team at Ongaku! Project would like to thank all listeners for having supported us through the years Hello! Ongaku has been on air. We would never have made it so far without you. Thank you for having been there for us and sticking it through with us all this while by being our friend. The friendship and goodwill that you have shown to us are more treasured than you can ever imagine so thank YOU!!

Here’s to many more years of good friendship ahead! Kanpai!!

April 13, 2008 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

The Hello! Ongaku 100th Episode 10-hour Super ‘Live’ Special

Yup! You read it right folks! One of the internet’s friendliest radio shows is hitting a hundred this weekend and Ongaku! Project is celebrating this in a big huge mammoth way!!

Starting 2000hrs (GMT) on Saturday 11 April 2008, Hello! Ongaku will be coming to you ‘live’ on JPH!P radio for a full 10-hours of non-stop fun and revelry!! Join us as a guest on our show by calling in! Talk to us ‘live’ and in real time by joining #JPH! at any time during the show! You can even email us at and we’ll read your email out ‘live’ on air!

So no hesitations nor considerations! Just keep a note of the date (Saturday 11 April 2008) and the time (2000hrs GMT) and tune in!!

April 7, 2008 at 2:20 am 1 comment