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RECIPE / SPORTS
July 4, 2016
THE ASIAN REPORTER n Page 13
Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi
returns to the NWSL
CARDAMOM IN A CLASSIC. Pictured is a loaf of Banana Bread with Cardamom and Jaggery in London.
In small amounts, cardamom has delicate floral and eucalyptus notes, which brings out the best in the more tra-
ditional ingredients in banana bread and makes for a fragrant treat. (Meera Sodha via AP)
Cardamom lends fragrant
twist to banana bread
By Meera Sodha
The Associated Press
anana bread is a time-tested
American classic, perfect for
making in advance for picnics,
gifts, and for using up ripe bananas. And
given its all-American status, it’s a perfect
way to start (or end) July 4th.
Here’s a variation with an Indian twist
— cardamom, which often grows next to
bananas in Kerala. In small amounts,
cardamom has delicate floral and
eucalyptus notes, which brings out the
best in the more traditional ingredients in
banana bread and makes for a fragrant
Like many Indians, I add jiggery for
sweetness. It is an unrefined sugar made
from the sap of date palms or sugarcane. It
has a deep caramel flavor to it, a cross
between molasses and fudge that adds a
richness and great color to the bread.
Jaggery can be found in cakes or cones at
Asian food stores or online, but if you can’t
find it, it can be substituted with
This recipe makes for a moist bread with
lots of flavor. The only thing you’ll need to
remember is to leave a little room for
Editor’s note: Meera Sodha is an Indian foods
expert and author of Made in India: Recipes from
an Indian Family Kitchen. She lives in London.
Banana Bread with Cardamom and Jaggery
Start to finish: 1 hour 20 minutes (20 minutes active time)
1 stick butter, unsalted
1 cup jaggery, grated (or substitute Muscovado sugar)
2 cups white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
A pinch of salt
2 tablespoons milk
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas, plus 1 banana for decoration
The best bananas to use are ripe bananas that have black speckles on them and
are soft to the touch. They’ll be sweeter and more flavorful. This banana bread can be
eaten as is, or served with butter, yogurt, or whipped cream.
Butter a loaf tin (approximately 9” x 5”). Preheat the oven to 350º Fahrenheit.
Put the butter and grated jaggery into a pan and melt over a very low heat. Stir
until well mixed with the consistency of melted chocolate, then remove from the heat
and leave to one side to cool.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt and leave to one side.
In another bowl, add the mashed banana and milk, and whisk in the eggs one by
one. Add the jaggery-and-butter mixture. Whisk again until properly mixed.
Gently fold the wet ingredients into the flour mixture until mixed together then
pour the batter into the tin. To decorate, slice the remaining banana lengthways into
1/4 inch slices and place over the top of the batter. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or
until a skewer comes out clean. Cool before slicing.
Nutrition information per serving: 310 calories (92 calories from fat); 10 g fat (6 g
saturated; 0 g trans fats); 68 mg cholesterol; 165 mg sodium; 53 g carbohydrate; 2 g
fiber; 29 g sugar; 4 g protein.
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forward Nahomi “Naho”
Kawasumi has returned to
the National Women’s Soc-
Kawasumi is again playing
for the Seattle Reign FC
after spending the 2015
and part of the 2016
seasons playing for INAC
Kobe Leonessa, who loaned
her to Seattle in 2014.
“I’m back to Seattle
again, and I’m so happy to
join Seattle Reign FC.” said
Naho. “I will do my best for
During her initial run
with Seattle in 2014, she
played a major role in the
club’s transformation. In
2013, Seattle managed
only 18 points (5-14-3)
while finishing second from
the bottom of the table.
In 2014, the squad
tripled its point total from
the prior season (54) and
took home the NWSL
Shield with a 16-2-6 record.
In addition, the club scored
a league-record 50 goals,
allowed a league-best 20,
and delivered an NWSL
record 16-match unbeaten
“We are extremely happy
to bring Naho back to
manager and coach Laura
Harvey. “She was a huge
influence on our group
when she was a Reign
player before and having
someone of her quality and
experience back with this
team is really exciting.”
Naho scored nine goals in
the 2014 campaign, the
fifth most in the league.
She also tallied five assists
and was selected to the
NWSL Best XI for her
efforts. Upon the comple-
tion of her loan at the end of
the 2014 NWSL season,
she returned to INAC Kobe
With the exception of her
loan to Reign FC, Naho has
RETURNING TO THE REIGN. Nahomi “Naho” Kawasumi of
Japan defends an opposing player from Cameroon at a match at BC
Place stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, during the 2015
Women’s World Cup. Naho has returned to the Seattle Reign FC of the
National Women’s Soccer League after spending the 2015 and part of the
2016 seasons playing for INAC Kobe Leonessa, who loaned Kawasumi to
Seattle in 2014. (AR Photo/Jan Landis)
played professionally for opening goal against Cana-
INAC Kobe Leonessa of the da in a 2-0 win during the
in 2012 Summer Olympics.
On July 2, in her first
Japan since 2008. In 2013,
she was named the Nade- match back with the Reign,
shiko League MVP, was Naho scored two goals — in
the league’s second-lead- the 15th and 62nd minutes
ing scorer behind Reign — assisted by Manon Melis
FC’s Beverly Yanez, and and
was on the league’s Best XI respectively.
roster from 2010 to 2013.
Naho is the second mid-
She scored a combined 46 season signing by Reign FC
goals for INAC from 2009 this year, after fellow na-
to 2012, tying for the league tional team member Rumi
lead in scoring with 12 Utsugi joined the club in
goals in 2011. The forward June. Utsugi will train
helped lead INAC to three with the squad this week
Nadeshiko and be available for the
league titles between 2011 match against the Western
New York Flash on Satur-
international day, July 9 at 4:00pm.
career is highlighted by a
Seattle visits Portland’s
Fédération Internationale Providence Park to play the
de Football Association Portland Thorns on Satur-
Cup day, July 30 at 7:30pm.
(WWC) gold medal in 2011 Thorns FC play the Reign
and an Olympic silver again in an away match at
medal in 2012. She netted a Memorial Stadium on
brace in Team Japan’s 3-1 Saturday, August 27 at
win against Sweden during 2:00pm.
the 2011 tournament and
To buy tickets in Port-
helped her squad take land, call (503) 553-5555 or
home the trophy in 2011 in visit <www.portlandthorns
penalty fc.com>. To obtain tickets
shootout win over the U.S. to matches in Seattle, call
Women’s National Team.
1-855-734-4632 or visit
Naho also scored the <www.reignfc.com>.
Jeremy Lin tweets that he’s heading to the Brooklyn Nets
By Brian Mahoney
The Associated Press
EW YORK — Jeremy Lin is
heading back to the city where
“Linsanity” was born.
Lin has agreed to a three-year,
$36-million contract with the Brooklyn
Nets, a person with knowledge of the
details told The Associated Press.
Lin tweeted earlier that he was headed
to Brooklyn, posting a photo of himself
dribbling the ball in a Nets uniform in
front of the team’s logo and writing: “The
journey continues ... thankful for the next
The person confirmed the details of the
contract on condition of anonymity
because the deal cannot be signed until
Lin’s breakout in the NBA came in New
York — with the Knicks — during the
2011-2012 season. The undrafted point
guard from Harvard came off the bench to
spark the Knicks to a victory over the
then-New Jersey Nets and scored at least
20 points nine times in a 10-game span as
Linsanity briefly became the biggest story
The NBA’s first American-born player of
Chinese or Taiwanese decent appeared on
the cover of Sports Illustrated in
consecutive weeks and carried New York
into the playoff race before a knee injury
ended his season.
He reunites with new Nets coach Kenny
Atkinson, who was a Knicks assistant
under Mike D’Antoni and later Mike
Woodson in Lin’s lone season in New York.
Lin left after that season for Houston
and later played for the Los Angeles
Lakers before having a solid season in
Charlotte as the backup to Kemba Walker.
He averaged 11.7 points in helping the
Hornets reach the playoffs, where they lost
to Miami in seven games in the first round.
The Nets had been in need of a point
guard since buying out Deron Williams
last summer. Jarrett Jack was the starter
last season until tearing his ACL in
January; the Nets waived him in late June
to save themselves all but $500,000 of
what would have been a $6.3-million
contract for next season if Jack remained
on the roster.
AP Sports writer Steve Reed in Charlotte,
North Carolina, contributed to this report.