Tasty Tuesday {banana not-nutella cake}

I watched the bananas and they watched me. With an ever-increasing number of brown eyes on their skin each day. If you’ve ever watched bananas, you’ll understand. When they go from perfect to eat, to perfect for a smoothie, to just one more day before they are taken from their skins, popped into zip-lock bags and banished to the freezer until a recipe calls for them.
But they didn’t make it to the freezer. As I was peeling them I thought to myself it’s a cool Sunday afternoon, surely that’s a great time to bake a banana cake?
So, what do you need: cake?
4 very ripe bananas
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup pureed apple {because that’s what we had in the fridge!}
1 cup almond meal
½ cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon organic hazelnut extract
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Xantham gum {using gluten-free flours you will need this!}
2 eggs
So, what do you need: topping?
This cake can be dairy free by topping it with the icing we use for our caramel slice} or you can frost it as I did on the weekend.
3/4 cup extra light cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon raw organic honey
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Okay, now what do you do with it: cake?
Pre-heat oven to 190 degrees celsius {375 farenheit}.
Have your cute sous chef mash the bananas. If your sous chef is used to working with you, they’ll know to add all of the wet ingredients {with the exception of the eggs} into the banana mixture and then they’ll have to taste test {naturally}.
In a separate bowl, mix your dry ingredients.
Separate your egg yolks and whites. Mix the yolks into your wet ingredients then whisk your whites until peaks form.
Keeping your egg whites aside, combine all other ingredients. Once done, fold through your egg whites, being careful not to over-mix. Pour into a lined 20cm cake tin. My sous chef {dressed as her favourite Ice Queen no less} insisted on pressing the mixture down with a fork to make a pattern on top. I probably wouldn’t have recommended this as the aim was to tread lightly with the mixture!
ice queen sous chef
Pop into the oven for 30-35 minutes. The consistency will be quite thick and the cake will have a dense, fudgy texture. Because of this don’t expect the cake to have risen, rather just bonded and expanded a little!
Remove from the oven and cool for 10 min the tin before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Okay, now what do you do with it: topping?
Mix your cream cheese, honey and vanilla extract together, then spread onto your cake.
This cake will store well in an air tight container for a few days {or, if you take it to work on Monday like I did, it will magically disappear!}.
Tasty Tuesday {banana not-nutella cake}
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I need one. You might too.

I think the hardest thing about being a singe person is the lack of positive, loving touch in your life. There have been many studies about the importance of positive touch. Not just for children, but for everyone.

Obviously I hold Love Bug. A lot. I’m trying – while she’s going through this horrid temperamental phase – to hold her even more; to react with love not my own anger. Most of the time I’m succeeding. Apparently I am only human.

I hold Bella and Beary {again, much has been written of the impact of pets to your emotional and physical wellbeing} and have spoken before of their absolute positive impact in my life, particularly at times when things are tough.

There are times though, like last night when I was losing my fight with insomnia, that a hug from another grown up {who would have much more concept about why I was tossing and turning} would have been very welcome. The times when you would just like to feel that someone has your back. That they are just there for you, to hold you. Even if they can’t do anything to sort out whatever it is that is worrying you.

**big hug**

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Silent Sunday {just when I think I couldn’t love her more}

  

She warms up my pillows most nights. This night she was cuddling them. 

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Inspired

There’s nothing more blissful for a word nerd like me than a day filled with lectures by and panel interviews of amazing authors.

Authors from all walks of life, all ages who write in a variety of genres.
My hand hurts from the copious notes I took. But I’m inspired!

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In my happy place

I am in one of my happy places today. 

It is a great day for ducks outside, but I am happily rugged up wandering from one architecturally and historically significant stage to another listening to – and veraciously taking notes of – a variety of speakers, authors and topics.

  
Today I am at the Sydney Writers’ Festival – living in my alternate universe where I write full time! 

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Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet

Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week in Australia. I’ve spoken of my struggle with post-natal depression when I finally weaned Love Bug. I’ve spoken of my anxiety which ebbs and flows. More flow than ebb it seems this year – I have already written about it a lot!

As I lay awake in the early hours one morning recently {insomnia: another of the awesome sidekicks to anxiety} worrying about all sorts of things, I remembered that I’d seen a status doing the rounds on Facebook asking people to share its contents in the hope that they reach one person who is finding facing the world tough in that moment. I don’t know who to attribute the original post to, but if anyone does, please let me know.

Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn’t easy. Just something to think about.

Did you know the people who are the strongest are usually the most sensitive?

Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated?

Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most?

Did you know the three hardest things to say are: I love you, I’m sorry, and help me?

Sometimes just because a person looks happy, you have to look past their smile to see how much pain they may be in.

To all my friends who are going through some issues right now–let’s start an intentional avalanche. We all need positive intentions right now … give a moment of support to all of those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just needs to know that someone cares.

Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune.

I shared last week some words from Matt Haig’s book Reasons to Stay Alive. Here is another from his book: Understand that thoughts are thoughts. If they are unreasonable, reason with them. Even if you have no reason left. This is much easier said than done, but it is a good reminder.

Here’s another.

Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet

 

 

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This

This

Some days I feel like this.

Today is one of those days.

Then this article popped up in my feed. Yes.

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