chefI am none of these “cool kids” sitting the hold day in front of their books and clients, knowing everything about all possible technological techniques, either tropical, sidereal, modern or traditional.

My life is busy with a big house, kids, cats, garden, activities, writing and publishing and my many friends.

I write my articles mainly in the kitchen, during the day, while my 3 kids do their homework interrupting me in average 3 times per minute. My second office is  in my car, while I have to wait for them during their activities. This is also the moment when I struggle with the automatic spelling control in Italian while answering fb posts in English, which usually ends up in a word-soup and me desperately throwing out of the window my mobile phone!

On the weekends, my house is usually full of guests. Unfortunately, none of my “real life” friends is an astrologer, there are “only”  teachers, artists and very common (but quiet funny) people.

I am a vegetarian for many, many years, but not a fundamentalist, I don’t have problems to see others eating meat and I also do cook it when my family wants some. But it’s not for me. This is why we usually have barbecue parties in the summer, but with lots of vegetables on the table (my special trick to convince people that stuffed peppers are better than a steak!).  I am half a vegan. Only half, because I cannot renounce on Parmesan cheese or sheep cheese. But I don’t drink milk and don’t eat eggs. So I am very “strange”, as the daughter of my friend told me once.

In Italy, we cook a lot (and also eat a lot, I guess…). So I usually spend hours in the kitchen.  But not for the cake. That’s my quicky. So quick and easy, that my kids do it alone.. It never fails. It’s so yummy, that I cook it nearly every 2 days.

When I offer it to new guests, I usually tell them: it’s without eggs. The normal reaction has raised eyebrows. Ah. Ok. Then I tell them, by the way, it’s without sugar. One friend asked me if there is something left in the cake. Sorry, no butter either. At this point, they look at me desparated. I know they try the cake only for “compassion” (or education…).

Well, once they taste it, their expression changes quickly. Oh, but is it really wthout sugar? But it’s sweet! How could you do it without eggs? It’s so yummy!

So here is the reciepe. It will cost you 5 minutes of your time.

  • 3 cups of wholemeal flour ( I use spelt, but you can change this)
  • 2 bananas (very mature, the browner, the better)
  • 1 cup of agave (natural sugar)
  • 1 cup of milk (rice or other)
  • 1 cup of sunflower seed oil
  • 1 baking powder

Mix all together, add cinnamon and a little vanilla and put it in the oven for 40 minutes at 180°.

Variations (choose 1 option):

  • Add 3 apples and mix everything (my favourite!)
  • Add ½ cusp of dark chocolate powder (or else dark chocolater in pieces), cinnamon, vanilla and cardamon
  • Make holes in the baked cake with a toothpick and wet it with fresh orange juice.

After dinner, late at night, when all guest are gone (and I forget about washing dishes) I come back to astrology and my articles. But only after a good Italian coffee.