I think it is safe to say that my baking hiatus is well and truly over! the last few weekends I have managed to find time to whip up a bunch of new recipes all of which have been a great success. I hate to waste food, and turning something old and ugly like over ripe bananas into something delicious and sweet like these banana muffins makes me super happy!
Some of you may have already worked out that I am a 28 year old trapped in the body of a grandma, I was up bright and early on Sunday morning and decided to whip these beauties up before I’d even tackled breakfast. I have had this recipe earmarked to try for a few weeks and it turned out wonderful. The muffins are full of flavour and were yummy and moist. Because I am especially glutenous I enjoyed mine warm with a good smattering of butter… heaven.
Banana Muffin Recipe
Makes 12 smallish muffins or 8 generous sized muffins
75 grams melter butter
2 large ripe bananas
250 grams self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb soda
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
115 grams caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon honey
2 medium eggs
125 ml milk
Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius
Melt butter and set aside to cool
Mash the bananas
Sift flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg into a bowl. Add sugar and mix well.
In a second bowl beat eggs, vanilla, honey, butter and milk.
Add bananas to egg mixture and stir to combine
Make a well in dry ingredients and add the wet mixture. Stir until just combined, but be careful not to overwork the batter as it will become tough
Divide evenly into muffin tin lined with cases and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown
Allow muffins to cool and then lightly dust with icing sugar
I know it’s early days to start harping on about winter woolies, but I just love everything about winter fashion – skinny jeans, leather boots, cosy sweaters, big coats and of course a chunky knit scarf in every colour for every occasion (or in my case one well worn grey one that goes with EVERYTHING!).
The A/W 2014 collections are starting to hit stores, and while I may be in total denial that Summer still has plenty of life in it, I am so excited to start stocking up my winter wardrobe in preparation for the cooler months!
I had my eye on a couple of cardis that I decided I just couldn’t live without, and as soon as I got wind of the ‘spend and save’ promotions last week, I wasted no time making my purchases (and with good reason, seems my Witchery Coatigan has now sold out!). Here are the two proud additions to my winter wardrobe:
WARNING: Before baking these Chocolate Chip Cookies please be aware they are extremely moorish!
Now that summer has set-in in Melbourne my brand new sparkly kitchen is being somewhat neglected. After craving homemade baked goods for weeks, the planets finally aligned and I found some spare time (and motivation) on a night that wasn’t too hot to run the oven – winning!
These chocolate chip cookies are a fail safe, rough and ready recipe that I have adopted from my Nan. They are always a big hit in my household, and a particular favourite of my Dads. The recipe is so simple that tonight I essentially disregarded the method below, threw everything in the bowl, mixed it together and they still turned out perfectly crunchy on the outside and gooey in the middle.
Nana’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
125g butter (I only had unsalted handy, so added a pinch of salt to compensate)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cups self raising flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
125g chocolate chips
60g chopped pecans or any nuts of your choice
I’m not really sure when this recent obsession started, but I have become completely enamoured with tartan! I love the cosiness of the rich and vibrant colours and the very country lived in look that checks adds to a room.
So I am now on the hunt for a cheap and cheerful way to add some plaid to our home. I’m thinking some DIY cushion covers… but lets just see if I have the time and motivation to actually follow through with this grand plan, fingers crossed!
Ahh… the Amali Coast aka where I’d rather be. After 2 weeks back at work after the Christmas break, I can’t help but find myself longing for another summer holiday.
Given that the Amalfi Coast is a little too far to travel back to on a whim, I thought I would do the next best thing and relive some old memories from our honeymoon.
I just love the Amalfi Coast, the small coastal towns are exactly as I had imagined them to be. Multi-coloured houses perilously perched along the rugged mountain coastline surrounded crystal clear azzuro water.
We made a day trip by bus to both towns from Sorrento. In hindsight it would have been nice to spend a bit more time exploring the coastline but having Sorrento as a base worked out really well for the most part.
The bus is an experience in itself and you almost feel it is a life accomplishment to make it there and back alive. We really didn’t do much in either town except for wander aimlessly and eat lots of antipasti and gelati (heaven!).
So while I don’t have much in the way of recommendations, I can say it is a beautiful place to visit and one to add to your bucket list if you haven’t already!
Ok, so it wasn’t quite as good as being there but I sure hope you enjoyed our happy snaps anyway.
Christmas is always a great time for catching up with friends and family, I don’t know about the rest of you but I find my diary in December is chocka block with dinners, lunches, drinks and so on.
One particular pre Christmas catchup lead me to the exciting discovery of a new brunch spot, The Parlour in Cheltenham.
The location is a bit random, situated on a suburban street in between houses, but the food and atmosphere was fantastic. As you can imagine the pre Christmas hustle and bustle made for a friendly and upbeat atmosphere.
Our meals were enormous, with so many yummy options on the menu you are spoiled for choice and my girlfriend couldn’t help but order the “bowl of coffee” out of sheer curiosity. My food was amazing, in particular the potato rosti/hash brown and although my girfriend’s poached eggs were a tad over done, she pretty well polished off her plate too!
I will definitely be heading back to The Parlour might even give lunch a shot this time. Be sure to stop by if you’re in the area and let me know what you think.
Before I get into the nitty gritty of my wedding puzzle guest book, I have a confession to make. I have been a bad blogger, a very very bad blogger!
As you might have guessed by my absence, I have been making the most of my two week break. Lots of sleeping, slobbing on the couch and trashy TV. It has been amazing, and I hope that you all have had an amazing couple of weeks celebrating Christmas and the New Year too.
I thought it was about time I got my blogging mojo back and what better way to ease back into than with a wedding post.
It is fair to say with a guest list a whopping 30 people long, we were never going to have enough people to fill out an entire guest book. So of course I hit the web, pinterest to be more precise, for wedding guest book ideas and inspiration.
As soon as I found Bella Puzzles, I knew they would be perfect. I had a custom puzzle made in the shape of England with a love heart over Hawkshead (where we married) with our initials in it. The end result was fantastic, now I just need to decide how and where I want to display it in our house.
Here are a few more fun and creative wedding guest book ideas for your big day.
Framed world map with bride and groom personalisation
Fill a shadow box full of heart messages, would look great hanging up at home
Window pane and burlap makes for a great rustic guest book
I love this idea, cute and quirky – jenga guest book
Design an image that is personal to you, frame it and have guests sign