Best. Banana. Bread. Ever.

Best. Banana. Bread. Ever. SHAMELESSLY NICKED FROM BBC GOOD FOOD BUT SUCH A GOOD RECIPE! Ingredients 3–4 very ripe bananas (about 325g/11½oz peeled weight), mashed using a fork 100g/3½oz soft light brown sugar 300g/10½oz self-raising flour 100g/3½oz sultanas 50g/1¾oz shelled pecan nuts or walnuts, chopped (optional) 1 tsp ground mixed spice 1 tsp baking powder 150ml/5fl oz sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing Warm water Method Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line the base and sides of a 900g/2lb loaf tin with baking parchment. Put the mashed bananas in a large bowl and add the sugar,
Read More

Got a glut of pears? Read on…

Got a glut of pears? Read on... THANKS TO JANE GRIGSON'S FRUIT BOOK FOR THIS ARTICLE We have had a glut of pears this year, far more than we can eat from the fruit bowl. This old favourite recipe always comes out at this time of year. As you can see from the rather stained pages in our recipe book (dating back to the 80s!) this is a favourite way to use up a load of pears, and is dead easy to make. Simply follow the recipe as in the picture above. It's basically a batter that keeps well for
Read More

Sourdough bread

Sourdough bread GEORGE’S SOURDOUGH BREAD Ingredients 2-3 large cups strong white bread flour 1 large cup rye flour (aim for about a 2/3 white to 1/3 rye ratio) 1 big tsp salt (don’t stint!) and (optional) 2 tsp groundnut or rapeseed oil Warm water If you don't have a starter you will need to make this. Once made you just use what you need to make the next loaf and then add some more flour and water (say, two tablespoons of flour and some water to mix in) and keep in the fridge. This will need feeding if you are
Read More

Stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms A QUICK SUPPER USING LEFTOVERS AND CUPBOARD INGREDIENTS Ingredients (for two) 4-6 large flat Portobello mushrooms A small courgette or half a large one, chopped or diced A handful of pine nuts and sunflower seeds (or any seeds of your choice) One small onion 1-2 cloves of garlic Some panko breadcrumbs or fresh breadcrumbs - about three tablespoons Parmesan or hard cheese to taste Seasoning - salt, pepper and possibly some paprika, some herbs or fresh basil torn up. A splash of sherry or white wine (optional) Olive oil This recipe is deliberately a bit vague in quantities
Read More

Ricotta and spinach gnocchi

Ricotta and spinach gnocchi Light and fluffy ricotta and spinach gnocchi (based on Sophie Grigson recipe) Ingredients (for four) 650g fresh spinach, cooked until wilting 250g ricotta cheese 100g parmesan, freshly grated 150g plain flour, plus extra for flouring 2 free-range eggs Freshly grated nutmeg Salt and freshly ground black pepper For the sauce 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 carrot, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, chopped 400g can chopped tomatoes 250ml red wine 2 tbsp tomato purée 1 tsp caster sugar Herbs to taste (eg fresh basil) and seasoning To serve Freshly grated parmesan,
Read More