I don’t know about you but I can barely cope with the news at the moment. Endless stories of horrific family violence, murders and assaults make me wonder where the world is actually heading. Thinking about the boys trapped in the caves in Thailand gives me an instant feeling of claustrophobia and anxiety; I can only imagine how their families must be feeling. Not to mention the brave rescue worker who has lost his life.
I know I cannot completely ignore the outside world but there are times when it all just seems too horrendous. I feel lucky that when I do switch off the radio the simple pleasures in life are grounding and reassuring, even when life gets messy and tiring.
Just moments before the sun sets and with a little dust in the air, the peace and light in our sheep yards creates a perfect place for sneaking up on unsuspecting sheep. These ewes are bravely raising their lambs in difficult, dry conditions and I constantly admire their resilience.
Tiny sprouts of broccoli are just starting to appear in my vegetable garden. I always think the first broccoli for the season feels a bit like the first tomato for the season. It deserves a little celebration.
Fresh lamb, expertly butchered by The Shady Farmer. I love that he knew I was going to take a photo, even before I had mentioned it.
Thank goodness there is always baking. I know that every multi national café in the world serves various interpretations of banana bread and there are countless recipes on the interwebs. But, a lovely friend who once owned a local café gave me this particular recipe (below) and it never fails. It also makes the kitchen smell like warm chocolate, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
For us, the school holidays have just started which means a break in the weekday routine and hopefully more time for paddock fires, bread and soup making and quieter days.
I will be watching out for this book all about bread and butter with interest.
I have been thinking about this book too, featuring recipes, stories, photography and art by women from sixteen different cultural backgrounds.
How about you?
Watching the news?
Or escaping from it when you can through your home life and cakes?
Happy Sunday, friends x
- 125 g neutral tasting oil such as grapeseed
- 250 g castor sugar
- 4 bananas mashed (or 300g)
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 175 g good quality dark cooking chocolate chopped
- 250 g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a large loaf tin with baking paper.
In a large bowl combine oil, sugar, banana, eggs, vanilla and chocolate. Mix well.
Sift flour and baking powder into the wet ingredients. Combine gently, do not ove rmix.
Pour mixture into prepared loaf tin and cook for 1 hour or until a testing skewer comes out clean. Remove from the tin and allow to cool on a wire cooling rack.