"We have to practice remembering the Lord always, twenty-four hours a day, by chanting His names and molding our life’s activities in such a way that we can remember Him always.

"How is this possible? The ācāryas give the following example. If a married woman is attached to another man, or if a man has an attachment for a woman other than his wife, then the attachment is to be considered very strong. One with such an attachment is always thinking of the loved one. The wife who is thinking of her lover is always thinking of meeting him, even while she is carrying out her household chores. In fact, she carries out her household work even more carefully so her husband will not suspect her attachment. Similarly, we should always remember the supreme lover, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and at the same time perform our material duties very nicely. A strong sense of love is required here. If we have a strong sense of love for the Supreme Lord, then we can discharge our duty and at the same time remember Him. But we have to develop that sense of love. " - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita As Is Is, Introduction


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Banana Cream Pie

CRUST crumbled homemade graham crackers, sugar cookies or banana bread (see below)

OR ground almonds with butter to hold together (for Ekadasis), lightly toasted

1/2 gallon milk
1 cup vanilla sugar
sliced bananas

2 cups whipped cream
2- 3 T powdered sugar

1. Spread the cracker (or cookie crumbs, or toasted almonds) into a spring form pan or large pie pan. Work up the sides at least an inch.
2. Cook down the milk and vanilla sugar until thick. Test a little drop in water to check what the consistency  will be when cooled. It should not be runny or dry, but thick like pudding.
3. Layer sliced bananas onto the graham cracker crust. Add the filling on top of the bananas. Add another layer of bananas on top of the pudding (OR on top of the whipped cream added next in step 4 as follows, as a garnish).
4. Finish pie with a generous layer of sweetened whipped cream before offering to Krishna.

When I have no time for pie crust and filling, I just put bananas and cream on top of banana bread! :)