The best banana bread courtesy of Nigella

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The best thing about not eating bananas is they ripen perfectly to turn into delicious cakes. The recipe states bourbon but I’d run out so have substituted Sailor Jerry’s rum!

100g sultanas or good raisins or a mixture of both
75ml bourbon
175g plain flour – plus more for dusting the pan
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
½ teaspoon salt
125g unsalted butter, melted
150g sugar
2 large eggs
4 small ripe, soft, darkly speckled bananas, mashed (about 300g when weighed without skin)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 170 C/ gas mark 3, and put oven rack to lower middle position.

Line with baking parchment a 8 inch square baking tin.

Put the sultanas with the rum or bourbon in a smallish saucepan and bring to the boil.

As soon as the alcohol bubbles, remove from the heat, cover and leave for an hour or so, until the sultanas have absorbed most of the liquid,

Put the flour, baking powder, bicarb and salt in a bowl and mix together.

In a large bowl (we use an electric mixer) beat together melted butter and sugar until well blended.

Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the mashed bananas.

With a wooden spoon, mix in the drained sultanas and vanilla extract.

Add the flour mixture, a third at a time. Do not overmix.

Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 55 minutes (but can take longer, depending on your oven and how full your tin, eg if you have used bigger bananas).

Leave in the tin to cool (for at least five minutes, or longer), then put on a rack.IMG_5348.JPG

Chinese braised pork with plums

16 Aug

Love sweet and savoury together, definitely my food heaven. Serve with steamed pak Choi and sticky jasmine rice. Continue reading

Banana, white chocolate and cherry muffins

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These are so easy to make, thanks Nigella for the recipe. Perfect way to use up over ripe bananas! Continue reading

New recipe – Cod with chorizo, puy lentils and persillade

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It’s been awhile since I’ve tried a new recipe and this one caught my eye. It was super tasty and perfect with a chilled glass of Sauvignon blanc. Continue reading

A muddy festival girl

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So last year I broke my festinity, Kendal calling was my first festival and was no 24 off my 40 at 40 list. I enjoyed it so much that I bought tickets as soon as they came out. The line up was looking good and couldn’t wait. Continue reading

After work bimble up Troutbeck Tongue

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After a wet day, the evening turned out to be dry and sunny. So thought would do one of the smaller hills in the Far Eastern fells – Troutbeck tongue after work. Being in the hills when everyone has finished with them for the day is very nice. Not a soul about. Just a couple of mountain bikers heading towards High Street. Continue reading

A Far Eastern adventure

31 Jul

Shouldn’t complain about the lovely spell of hot weather but us British do! This walk had been planned for the day before but was just energy sapping too hot so sacked off walking for pub and catch up with friends. Continue reading

Plan B

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Let the obsession continue……When we were out with Paul and Sian on the 10 in 10, he mentioned that our mutual friends Paul and Karen were coming to the lakes to walk and go to the famous Staveley Beer hall summer beer festival. So we gate crashed and had the day off work and joined them. I did make the request to do the Kentmere horseshoe as the Far Eastern fells were next on the list. The weather was not looking favourable at the start of the week but by Thursday was only a slight chance of a shower so decided to go for it. Continue reading

The final central fells

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After the previous weeks bagging that just left 3 summits to complete the Wainwright central fells book. To say I’m obsessed is maybe an understatement. The weather forecast was mixed with the threat of a shower. As they say ” no such thing as bad weather just the wrong kit”. Tanya and Ray came along to walk with us. Continue reading

A central fells adventure

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The weather in the Lake District is very variable. With a favourable forecast sunshine and showers. We decided to tick off a few of the central fells on my Wainwright obsession. Having looked at the map thought could do a 2 car linear walk to get them all! But being a tad more realistic decided to do Eagle and Sergeant Crag, Ullscarf and High Crag.

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