Gluten Free • Paleo • Sugar Free • Dairy Free
Gluten Free • Paleo • Sugar Free • Dairy Free
I was chatting with my Myotherapist recently (I have a very dodgy hip; amongst other injuries). We were talking TV shows (you know, light conversation so you forget about the fact that your derriere is exposed!) when he told me how he’d been watching ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ as it helped him to fall asleep. I’m not sure if that means that Will Smith in happy pants and a backwards cap are boring, or it’s easy to watch, but either way it put the theme song in my head… where it’s been ever since.
You know the one “I pulled up to the house around 7 or 8 and I said to the cabbie Yo smell you later. I looked at my kingdom, I was finally there, to sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel-Air”. Now, it has been a long time since I watched it and maybe my version of the words is a bit off (I have a habit of destroying lyrics!) but the tune, even the opening credits, has been burning a hole in my brain ever since.
This got me to thinking; If I am wasting precious brain space on the lyrics to a 90s sitcom what else have I got locked away taking up neurons. So here’s a list of what my brain cells are currently being used for:
There’s a lot more junk where that same from; including Rick Astley, Richard Marx and Belinda Carlisle. God help me if I wake up at 2am with the theme song to the Muppets in my head!
Please insert your own segue here, my brain is too full of 90’s trivia to come up with one.
This Sticky Date Banana Bread is my favourite ever take on Banana Bread (and I have a lot of recipes to choose from!). It’s sweet, but won’t give you a tooth ache, it’s got a hint of spice and it’s drowning in Sticky Date Sauce. Couldn’t you just lick the screen?!
It all started when I made Sticky Date Sauce recently and (shame shame) I had to make a second batch as I wasn’t happy with the photos. I then had a LOT of delicious sauce left over and decided to get a bit creative, rather than sit on the couch in my pj’s and lick the jar clean (which is totally a valid option… no judgement!). This Sticky Date Banana Bread has sauce in the middle of it (see how it makes a pretty line in the middle in the photo), sauce swirled through the top of it and then more warmed Sticky Date Sauce poured over it. It is a Sticky Date overload… but so worth it!
I have modified my original Banana Bread recipe to have less added sweetener as the Sticky Date Sauce brings a lot of sweetness to the recipe. The Banana Bread is simple to make. Make sure you beat the eggs until nice and frothy and use super ripe, almost gross bananas. Super ripe, black and spotty bananas are much sweeter and softer, so they mash up easily and don’t leave tart yellow chunks in your Sticky Date Banana Bread. The sauce can be made the day beforehand or just before using (just make sure it’s not too hot when adding it to the cake). Let’s be honest; if you make it too soon then there won’t be any left for your baking so maybe do it just before hand.
I love sweet breads as they are so versatile. This Sticky Date Banana Bread could be breakfast (hint hint… Mother’s Day is soon!), it could be served as afternoon tea with a cuppa or served warm with cream and loads of sauce for dessert. Whichever way you decide to eat it make sure you save a piece for me!
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One day someone will ask me to write a cook book. It’s going to be a recipe book full of yummy desserts all with a hidden secret; they’ll all contain vegetables. I know, it isn’t a totally original idea. There was Jessica Seinfeld’s book, Deceptively Delicious, and many others since then but mine will beContinue Reading