Simple Banana Bread

Preheat oven 180°C or 375°F. Grease and line a loaf pan or use a silicone one.

Ingredients:

2-3 ripe bananas (mashed if not using a mixer)

2tbs coconut oil 

3 eggs

1tsp vanilla essence

1tsp baking soda

1c almond meal (I made my own in a food processor taking approximately 2 minutes on high speed then pulsing and adding to the other ingredients)

2tbs honey

☆if mixture seems runny add 1-2 tbs coconut flour.

Suggested baking time is 25-35 minutes, however I baked this one for 40 minutes 

☆☆ As this was my first time making this recipe I did not expect it to fall apart when removing from the loaf pan. I believe that it may have benefited from a little more coconut flour. Aside from this mishap it’s very moist and yummy! 

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Difficult Roads

WOW!3 months since my last post. Things really have been difficult but not just over these past few months. Since I made the decision to have a tree change. Adjusting to only having half of your family with you can be really tough especially when you are the parent, the bearer of their lives and are always feeling so guilty for not being there for them like you once were. With moving away I have had chronic bouts of fibromyalgia where I just did not wish to continue living but due to having to be a parent to 3 children that are self-reliant in some ways but not completely I needed to keep pushing on. To suck it all up and keep on top of daily life. Approximately 7 months ago, whilst scrolling through facebook I answered a post that jumped out at me, you know one of those ad type ones and hey presto the balance of life began to change in my favour. I found a program that has helped with the flareups of fibromyalgia, helped me to sleep better, given me more energy, hair and nail health and is family friendly. There are exercise and recipe ideas and no deprivation. Now not only has it done this for me, it has helped me to quit that disgusting and expensive habit of smoking. I’m now almost 6 months smoke free. YAY! I can’t believe how good I feel. I moved away from the hustle and bustle of city life for the calm and peace that a country life can bring. I went from being a stay at home mother to someone who worked 7 days a week as a cleaner. Having fibro, this career choice was not a smart one, but I persevered with it for almost two and a half years before giving it away. Don’t get me wrong, I still work as a cleaner but now I am only doing 3-4 days each week and am trying my hand(not successfully as yet) at an online business. Persistence and perseverance is the key. My want to’s need to be bigger than my dreams. Balance too must be a factor and flexibility as you never can count on the days to run as smoothly as you would like. Approximately 2 months ago, I received the diagnosis for my youngest son, not ADHD, AUTISM but SPD, or Sensory Processing Disorder. That has been a life changer for me, not so much for hubby who is old school where he feels disciplining this child more is the key. He can’t fathom that it’s not as simple as placing the child in time-out or the old old fashioned hand to bottom which I grew up with and it didn’t hurt me or at least that’s what I tell myself. I do believe though that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations. I just need to see where the road will take me to next. I am hoping that I will soon have a grasp on the SPD and be able to handle this 9 almost 10 year old Jekyl and Hyde. I am hopeful that my little jelly belly after having 6 children will continue to tone up from pushing myself daily with squats, push ups and planks as part of a 30 day exercise challenge I’ve been doing and that I can continue to believe in my choices. I will also try to post recipe ideas that may leave your mouth watering and wanting to try it for yourself.

 

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Time flies…..

Wow, just read my last post and it was oh so long ago, not days, not weeks but years!!! I hope everyone of you has been keeping well. Long story short half of my family and I had a tree change, a career change or two and now I have begun a lifestyle change that will I am certain be absolutely beneficial for myself and family both personally and financially. I will definitely be in touch more frequently. Love, health and happiness to all! xoxoxo

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Gluten Free Banana Bread

2 large bananas mashed
1c gluten free whole egg mayonnaise (essential for the eggs and oil in this cake/bread)
3/4c raw sugar
2c gluten free self raising flour

Preheat oven 180 Celsius. Line loaf tin with baking paper. Place all ingredients together and gently fold. Pour into tin and bake for 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool a little before cutting and enjoying warm.

Cream Cheese Icing
250 cream cheese (room temperature)
4 tbsp icing sugar
2 tsp grated lemon rind
Mix all 3 together until blended and smooth

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Cheesy Mexican Bean Tortillas

Ingredients: 6 tortillas
Mexican salsa
420g can Red Kidney Beans,drained
420g can Sweet Corn Kernels,drained
1 1/2 cups grated tasty cheese

Method: spread tortillas with salsa.
Mix beans and kernels together and spoon evenly over tortillas.

Sprinkle each tortilla with 1/4 cup grated cheese and carefully fold in half then into quarters.
Place onto a lined oven tray and cook in a preheated oven at 190 Celsius for 10 minutes.
Serve with more salsa or if preferred sour cream and chopped avocado

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What if????

Hi there, it’s been so long since I’ve used this site that I’m not sure where to begin hence my weird title “what if?”.
I won’t say I haven’t been busy in the kitchen as that is an inevitable task regularly undertaken not always willingly. I’ve been lazy with the update to this blog. We all get that way at times due to various reasons but what if we didn’t can you imagine what we could achieve.
“What if” is such a big part of my life. What if I took time out and did something for myself instead of my family, what if I caught up on sleep instead of doing household chores. What if my kids didn’t have to wear odd socks because the matching partner hadn’t disappeared in the yet to be folded mountain of laundry again.
This year I have decided to be a better person for me, to do stuff that makes me feel better about myself which hopefully results in my kids being happier and healthier beings also.
I’ve been a mother for the better part of my adult life and feel a little lost or unaccomplished so I really want to turn the what if into a positive. Suggestions are welcome from one and all and please watch this space for future recipe posts.
Health, friendship and happiness to all xx

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Apple & Custard Pastries

3 large red apples cored and cut into 6 thin slices
3-4 just thawed puff pastry sheets cut into quarters
1 TBS per square of pastry store bought vanilla custard
1 egg beaten for brushing of pastry
Sugar for sprinkling over top

1. Preheat oven 190 Celsius,slice apples and place 1 TBS of custard on each square of pastry.
2. Arrange apple slices evenly on squares. Overlap pastry meeting in the middle and seal with a toothpick.
3. Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.
4. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from tray.
5. Remember to remove toothpicks before serving. Could be served with custard, cream or ice cream.

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Vegetable Pancakes

4 cups grated or diced vegetables eg: cauliflower,carrot,zucchini,onion
4 eggs beaten add salt & pepper if desired
1/3-1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
2/3 cup plain flour
1/4 cup bacon pieces

Mix all ingredients together, mixture will be very thick.
Fry in butter or margarine. Pancakes should be a very light golden colour on each side.

I can’t say how many this recipe makes as my eldest( he’s 17) was doing the taste testing as I was cooking them. We still managed to feed 8 of us and had approximately 8-10 left over which I stored in a Tupperware container in the fridge. To chunk this meal up I served it with a hot chicken and drizzled the pancakes in homemade salsa. Yum!!

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Long time coming

Hi Everyone,
I just wish to apologize for taking so long to get back with more recipes. This year has been very chaotic for us as a family and for me these past few months more trying then any in a very long time.
But I think I’m finally ready to be human again. As I write this post I’m watching 2 of my children sleep. One has crawled in beside me softly snoring and the other lays across our feet like a loyal animal would. The things they do when dad is away. I’ve many recipe ideas to share with you, some are even gluten free. These will begin to be posted minus photographs later today after we are well rested, kids are at school and other appointments are out of the way. Best wishes to all and happy hump day for those of you sharing my Wednesday! Oh and on a sporting note QUEENSLANDER!! Go you beautiful boys in maroon 🙂

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Tuna Spinach Mornay

To serve my hungry family I double the below amounts for all ingredients. I apologise but have no photo of this recipe to view.

50g butter
1 medium onion (150g) sliced
1/4 cup plain flour
2 cups milk,warmed
150g baby spinach leaves
425g can Tuna in Springwater drained
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 small can sweet corn kernels drained
Topping
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