Monthly Archives: March 2013


english-lights In preparation for taking the car back to the UK, I had to undo this little job. Cars don’t have that nice ctrl-z feature you get on computers, but it was a lot quicker the second time around. I must have actually learnt something.

Also, I’d been looking around for somewhere to buy those light deflectors for the French part of the long drive, and was pleasantly surprised to find these still stuck the old lights.

Favourite posts this week


:: Instant banana sorbet – looks easy and uses those very ripe bananas that lurk in the fruit bowl.

:: This looked like an amazingly sweet Camp themed birthday party.

:: Easy caramel sauce, could be a nice addition to that banana sorbet?

:: Body scrub that looks good enough to eat

:: Sweet photos, what a special moment to capture!

:: More lavender, this time to eat. Yummy.

:: Really fancy a waffle iron now after seeing these.

It’s C’s birthday on Sunday, other than celebrating that I think we are packing some more and spending some family time.

Wishing you all a happy weekend!



Banana, date and yoghurt loaf


My nutrition course  has inspired me to reduce the amount of sugar we consume. I also want to be able to offer baby (let’s call him C from now, he’s almost a toddler!) something that I bake without worrying about what’s in it.

As I type this, I’m eating Smitten Kitchen’s cocoa brownies, they are amazing but there’s certainly sugar in there!

We typically have a banana or two left over by the end of the week so I happily used them as the base for the cake. I also had date pate in the cupboard after buying several packs when they were on offer (€0.99 per kg!) which I wanted to use as the sweetener.

With little butter left but a few tubs of yoghurt in the fridge, the rest of the cake was more or less created.

I topped the cake with some granola just for some texture, but it would be perfectly fine without.

This is a super moist cake, but both of my boys loved it so that makes a happy Bake :)

Banana, date and yoghurt loaf


2 ripe bananas, mashed
300g yoghurt (I used greek)
60g dates (I used date pate mixed with a teaspoon of hot water)
2 eggs
1.5 cups wholemeal flour
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)


Preheat oven to 190degC

In a large bowl combine the flour with baking powder and cinnamon

Using a separate bowl mix the bananas with dates and blend well

Add the eggs one at a time to the bananas, beating in thoroughly

Stir the yoghurt through the banana mix until just combined

Slowly add the dry ingredients from the first bowl and stir in thoroughly.

Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour (until knife inserted comes out clean).




Our everyday life: week 9

We returned from the UK to a few days of snow – beautiful.


The village caretaker/hero, clearing the roads.


We’ve been trying to introduce cups and water. Early days, early days…


We have also spent a lot of time hiding :)


Potato love


Someone is a better cleaner than his mama


Saturday treat – mini chocolate beignets


Ahem – another treat. These cocoa brownies really are chewy, fudgy heaven.


Progress! Will accept water from glass if held for him.


Apple cake for family Sunday lunch. Delicious, but completely fell apart out of the tin. Oh well.




Favourite posts this week


:: I don’t work from home, but was fascinated by and so impressed with the honesty in this post about help. Food for thought for the future.

:: This salad looks delicious, and a great use of fig jam!

:: Even though we are moving away, we really want our boy to be able to speak French. This post about learning a second language is something we’ll refer to time and time again, I’m sure.

:: Broccoli and pasta soup – simple ingredients, but looks delicious. My kind of cooking!

:: Beautiful microscopic photographs of food

:: Bacon fried rice – oh yeah!

:: It’s baby’s first birthday (sob!) in two weeks and I still don’t know what to do for a cake. Maybe these brownie cakes with chocolate coconut frosting will be a hit?

Ok, that’s it for now, I have packing to finish and homework to do!