So, Happy New Year! It’s 2015, and I can’t believe how fast it flew by. I still remember this time last year believing that the year ahead will be a good one, and thankfully it turned out not too bad! Here’s to hoping 2015 will be even better. Now, onto the serious stuff- what have you got planned as your new year resolutions?
I’ve never really bothered with these, I always break them and I know that if I did spend the time to come up with some it won’t stick. But this year, I’ve had a lot to reflect on and a few ambitions have arisen that I would like to achieve in 2015. I started this blog only a few months back, and I’m so happy with how far its progressed! My plans for 2015 will hopefully be exciting to execute and see the blog grow into something.
So what are my resolutions? Firstly, I want to experiment more in the kitchen by trying out a few new techniques I’ve seen lately and try to make them my own. I’ve always been someone who barely follows instructions, perhaps my impatient side (I like to call it being creative!) would be wisely channelled into culinary skills. Second, Men are some of the best Chefs in the world. Statement. Resolution: Allow my husband to show off his skills more and admit that he might just know a thing or two more than me! This will be something I’ll be exploring in the next few blog posts.
Healthy. Limit the damage, but still make it taste super good and look super exquisite. My lunch, brunch & dinner posts will try to take a healthier approach- but speed is also quite important to me. I want to work on recipes that don’t require too much energy at the end of a working day, but still have such a good appeal to you and your family at the table.
On New Year’s Eve, Le Husband brought home 1kg of ripe bananas. They were discounted, and he thought it was a clever buy. It was, but just a little too much banana. We had enough banana milkshakes, banana in cereal, banana bread, etc the list is endless. Then I thought hey- blog post: 5 things you can make with ripe Bananas. I felt a little nauseated- and probably not the best post to wish my readers happy new year. Instead, I decided to kick off my blog with a Banoffee Pie with a wintery twist ~ made in less than 45 mins, served in under 2 hours.
200g crushed digestives
100g melted butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1. Crush your digestives until they’re very crumbly. You can process them, or bash them up in a bag until they are in fine grains. Mix in your 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
2. Melt your butter and then pour over the digestives and sugar mix. Once fully incorporated, press into a 9inch pan making sure to cover the sides well. It won’t be too stuck together but that’s fine, push what you can and let it rest.
3. Place into the oven for 10 mins at 200c then remove to cool.
4 Bananas, chopped
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup of crushed walnuts
1. Place your bananas in a frying pan and sprinkle your 2 tablespoons of brown sugar over them evenly.
2. Let the pan heat up and the sugar melt, stirring once in a while and you’ll see the bananas softening.
3. Once softened, add your tablespoons of maple syrup, incorporate it well and turn off the hob after 1 min. Allow to cool.
Caramel & Cream~
50g melted butter
1/2 cup of thick cream
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of cream for whipping
1. Melt your butter, then add your brown sugar and mix well until bubbles begin to form and the sugar has melted completely.
2. Add your cream, a little at a time and stirring after each addition, allowing for it to thicken and boil after each supplement.
3. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
4. Whip your cream until it becomes fluffy to mount on your Banoffee Pie.
1. Take your crust, and add the banana mixture from your frying pan into the centre.
2. Spread evenly over the bananas, your caramel.
3. Dollop on top the whipped cream, spreading to not cover the entire edges of the Pie.
4. Sprinkle cinnamon and decorate with bananas and walnuts for finishing.
5. Freeze for an hour before serving with a hot beverage.