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A very easy banana bread recipe for the busy Mum…

Baking and babies. It’s hard to do both when your little ones aren’t quite old enough to help yet, but when you love cooking up a tasty treat for weekend, you just have to  find a way around it. You know me, I’m all for simple, home-cooked wonders that when executed well, knock your socks off. After last week’s lemon cake success, I thought what better kind of recipe to share than one all busy Mum’s, like myself, can have a go at. Just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s not worth it – it’s kind of like slipping in to your favourite trusty pair of flats, or your old jeans (which I probably won’t get in after I’ve consumed this banana loaf!). It just feels nice.  My Grandmother used to whip up the most wonderful cakes and muffins, the smell of fresh baking hitting me as I walked in from school. Last night, the fruity sweet aroma of warm banana cake filtered through each room in the house and it’s just a comfort. And …

Grandma’s easy lemon 8pm slice…

It’s 8pm. I’ve just put Maggie May to bed (I’ll probably be seeing her again in a couple of hours. And then I’m guessing every hour after that). I should probably do something productive around the house like…tackle the monstrous pile of washing in the bedroom. Or hoover. But yet, here I am, prancing around in my new apron baking a lemon cake. And I’ve never felt better! There has been so much going on these past few weeks, what with me going back to work, house issues and oh, did I mention…I’m back at work? Plus, I’m also starting to write a book based on my late, beautiful Grandmother who was in the Women’s Land Army. So, yes, it’s been hectic. Tonight I sat down at my computer ready to do some work on said book when I just couldn’t stop myself. Before I knew it I was aproned up and squeezing lemons to within an inch of their zesty lives. My Grandma’s favourite was lemon cake. I used to make her lemon curd …

How to summer your sausage…and mash!

I know. What. The hell. Is a summery sausage? Sausage and mash is, well, just that. No airs. No graces. Just bloody good and most times, exactly what the doctor ordered. It’s just that I’m feeling a little seasonal confusion. It’s almost July and where is the bloomin’ sunshine?! Today I was out in the wind and rain, looking at nowt’ but grey skies. And that’s what did it. I was cold; I was wrapped up with a scarf for goodness sake and simply needed, you got it: Sausage and mash.  What I didn’t want however was the whole wintery wonder with gravy and what not, because that is specially reserved for those real December evenings, so yes, I took it upon myself to summer up my sausage. And that’s not something you hear about every day is it! Summer sausage and mash pot Serves 4 8 good quality pork sausages – mine were from Cowman’s Butchers in Clitheroe and they are delicious and not to mention, famous! 3 large potatoes 1 onion 200g of …

The lemony smell of Sunday…

So the intention was that I was going to stay at home today and make us a family Sunday dinner. Like I said, “the intention” was there. Somehow we’ve ended up at Mum and Dads with a scrumptious shepherds pie, a lemon cake and thee biggest scone I think I’ve set eyes on. I know what you’re all thinking. That was the plan all along. I’m a liar, a cheat, a Sunday dinner duper!  But I promise this isn’t the case. I mean, what’s the saying when there is something askew? “I can smell it a mile off!” Well put it this way. If there’s lemon cake somewhere, I’ll sniff it out, one way or another! The loveliness of Sunday I know I harp on quite a bit about Sundays but it’s so blooming’ important to take this day (if you can) to just be with your family or your friends, get some good grub on the table and be together. If there is one thing that the current news highlights, it’s the need to …

Mum’s “sort me out” crumble…

I might be a Mum, but I still need MY Mum. Partly because she turns up at my door with homemade cottage pie, freshly pulled cabbage from her garden and rhubarb crumble. Why did I move out again?!  But it’s on days like these when the world is in turmoil and my days are currently spent bent over trying to help Maggie walk and dodging (actually loving underneath it all) puréed broccoli kisses, where I really just bloody appreciate my wonderful family and the simplicity of it all. You don’t need a lot to be ok with life. You just need a bit of tenderness, love and the odd crumble. Mum’s crumble (kind of…) I say ‘kind of’ because Mum has only gone and done a Grandma on me! It goes like this: “Mum (or Grandma when it’s one of her recipes) how do you make this?” “Oh this? Just a bit of flour, pour in some milk, a bit of sugar and rub in some butter.” Me: “Yeah but I need…measurements?” “Oh I don’t …

Entertaining for the first time….

So as you know from the last post, me and Mr. GTMHTC have just bought our house which in my language means, “ohmg-think-of-all-the-dinner-parties-slash-wine-fests-we-can-have!” So as it was Sunday yesterday we decided that there really was no better way to celebrate than have some family round (plus a new baby cousin for Maggie May!), eat some good food and not care in the slightest that my dining room is an utter rubbish heap. But that’s half the fun right? Painting tables, boxes of crap, hammers, tins of paint and then there we are, sat in the midst of it, laughing, talking ‘new babies’ and eating delicious food. So how did we say cheers to the future? With homemade burgers (find my recipe here) and as the sun was shining brightly, I made a goats cheese, pomegranate and grilled asparagus salad. Something fresh and delightful, just like life is right now! Goats cheese, pomegranate and asparagus salad 2 iceberg lettuce, chopped chunky 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes, slice in quarters Half a cucumber, sliced thinly 1 bunch …

Mixed spice tea loaf: Because tea makes everything better…

There’s been sadness, chaos, tears and a lot of sleepless nights lately. As you will know from my previous post, I lost my beloved Grandmother, then we’ve upped sticks and are back at my parents as we’re moving house soon, Maggie May has been teething (I know, someone pass me the gin) whilst in the midst of weaning and I’ve had some pretty intense work related scenarios to get through. But today is Monday. Many dread it, but for me today means a new start. I’ve found that inner British stoic “must march on” spirit and am embracing one of the only remedies that can fix anything in the whole wide world: Tea. Because there’s nothing a strong brew cannot fix right? Especially when it’s in cake! Tea loaf This recipe is from Grandma’s cookbook and it really is delicious, easy to make and I found it relaxing to bake. You need: 1/2 pint Tea 6 oz dried mixed fruit 4oz butter 4oz sugar 9oz Self-raising Pinch of salt 1 teaspoon of mixed spice 1 teaspoon …