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Banana and Walnut Bread

I don't like throwing away black banana's so I'm always on the lookout for new banana bread/cake/muffin recipes. I found this one on The Times Online website by Jill Dupleix. This is a good one for the kids as they can feel 'helpful' by mashing up the banana's, and by the time they have finished, everything else has already been done (subsequently creating less mess!!).

Ingredients:
125g Butter
175g Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
280g Plain Flour
1 TSP Bicarb of Soda
Pinch Salt
125ml Milk
3 black Banana's - mashed
1 TSP Vanilla Extract
75g Walnuts

Method:
Step 1: Preheat oven to 180c and oil a loaf tin
Step 2: Cream butter and sugar then add eggs and beat. Sift in flour and bicarb and add pinch salt
Step 3: Gently mix in the milk then add mashed banana's and walnuts
Step 4: Pour into prepared tin and bake for 1 hour

Triple Chocolate Brownies

These were totally gorgeous. They were crispy on top and gooey in the middle - my perfect brownie.
I made these for a family BBQ and they were well and truly gobbled. My husband announced yesterday that he's going on a diet - he worked out he's put on 3 stone since we've been together (mind you he was way too skinny when I first started going out with him) and feels it's now time to lose some. So no more brownies for the time being - well at least until he gets bored of his diet.

Ingredients: 185g unsalted butter
185g best dark chocolate
85g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
50g white chocolate
50g milk chocolate
3 large eggs
275g golden caster sugar
Method: Step 1: Cut the butter into smallish cubes and tip into a medium bowl. Break the dark chocolate into small pieces and drop into the bowl. Cover the bowl loosely with cling film and put in the microwave for 2 minutes on High. Leave the melted mixture to cool to room temperature.
While you wait for the chocolate to cool, p…

Courgette and Mushroom Carbonara

I was watching a repeated episode of Jamie at Home the other night, the one where he gets excited about courgettes (mind you he gets excited about most things). He started making a delish looking Courgette Carbonara so I quickly ran to get a pen and scribbled down the ingredients. So, this is my version, varying slightly from Jamies with the addition of some mushrooms - they were looking lonely in my fridge!

Ingredients: (Serves 2) 250g Penne 2 Courgette, halved then halved again and chopped into pieces Handful of Mushrooms, sliced 75g Bacon Lardons Large sprig of Thyme, leaves removed 2 eggs100ml Cream 2 Handfuls Parmesan Salt and Pepper

Method:
Step 1: Cook pasta according to instructions Step 2: Fry the bacon, courgette and mushrooms in a little oil then add the fresh thyme Step 3: Whisk together eggs, cream and Parmesan in a bowl Step 4: Drain pasta (reserving a couple of TBSP of pasta water), toss into bacon and courgette mixture and take off heat Step 5: Wait a few moments befor…

Bacon, Bran and Cinnamon Muffins

I wanted to make a special effort with breakfast today - for no particular reason, other than I fancied a change from cereal. Plus I thought it might encourage my non breakie eating hubby to start eating it. I'd seen this recipe in Brunch (Something for the Weekend) by Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy and thought it might hit the spot. To save time, I baked them on friday night and then just reheated them in the oven this morning. The result was lovely - salty, but sweet at the same time. I just wish I had chance to make a special effort every day of the week - mind you, it probably wouldn't be too good for my waistline.

Ingredients: 1 TBSP Oil 75g Bacon Lardons 25g Bran (I used MornflakeOatbran sprinkles) 150ml Milk 100g Self Raising Flour 100g Wholemeal Flour 2 TSP Baking Powder 1 TSP Ground Cinnamon Zest 1 Lemon 75g Butter 4 TBSP Honey 100ml Yogurt 1 Egg
Method: Step 1: Fry Bacon in oil and set aside to cool when cooked Step 2: Soak bran with milk and set aside Step 3: Preheat o…

Mozzarella, Tomato and Rocket Salad with Basil Oil Dressing

Well, I can't really claim any recipe here, just good quality ingredients! These three beauties were part of the Natoora box I received recently and I can tell you, they were fantastic, especially the mozzarella.

Mozzarella
Datterini Tomatoes
Rocket


I served this very simple salad with a crusty baguette - I was in food heaven!

Feta Salsa

When I saw this on Closet Cooking, my mouth started watering and it went straight in my bookmarked recipes file. I got the chance to make it last weekend when I served it as an appetiser at a BBQ. Needless to say it went down a treat, even with olive hating members of hubby's family! The only change I made was to chop everything up a little bit smaller to disguise the olives!

Ingredients:
250g Feta (crumbled)
1/2 cup kalamata olives (pitted and chopped)
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes in oil (drained and chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
1 tablespoon oregano (chopped)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Instructions:
Step 1: Mix everything together. I served with Tortilla Crisps and Celery Sticks

Tomato, Chicken and Basil Fusilli

To save time I made the tomato and basil sauce the night before so it literally took 15 minutes to get to the table. A great weekday night supper.....and Lowen REALLY enjoyed it  - this one I'm writing down.

Ingredients:to serve 4
Tomato and Basil Sauce;
2 Garlic Cloves
1 Onion, chopped
100ml White Wine
Splash of Cider Vinegar
2 tins chopped tomatoes
Pinch chilli flakes
1TSP each of sugar, salt and pepper
Large Handful of Basil (from Natoora)
100g Buffalo Mozzarella (from Natoora)

250g Fusilli
Handful of leftover roast chicken
Parmesan, grated
Rocket to garnish (from Natoora)

Method:
Step 1: Make sauce - fry onion and garlic until soft, add wine and vinegar and fry until evaporated. Add tomatoes, chilli flakes, Sugar, Salt and Pepper and simmer for 1 hour. Add torn basil leaves and mozzarella
Step 2: Meanwhile cook pasta according to instructions and drain. Add to sauce
Step 3: Stir through chicken and serve topped with Parmesan and rocket salad