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Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe is amazing!

So easy and delicious. There isn’t much sugar in it either so you can make it if you want something ‘naughty’ that’s not so ‘naughty’ 😉

Recipe courtesy of: http://www.bestrecipes.com.au

 

Ingredients

3 medium bananas or 2 large bananas (mashed)111

2 tbsp golden syrup

1/4 cup caster sugar

1 egg

1 cup self-raising flour

Pinch of salt

Cinnamon sugar (for dusting)

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees or 160 degrees fan-forced.

In a large bowl, mix mashed bananas and golden syrup.

Add caster sugar and mix well.

Mix in the egg and flour until just combined then pour into a greased and lined bread tin. *You can add something extra to the mix if you like. I added choc chips 🙂

Lightly sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the batter.

Bake for 30-40 mins or until a skewer comes out clean.

Allow to cool and serve!

 

I like to add half a packet of milk chocolate chips to my bread but you could also add chopped walnuts or maybe saltanas? You can add anything you like really.

 

Bunny & Babe

Hi to all of my blog followers and to anyone just swinging by!

Yesterday I created a Etsy store. I’m selling my handmade goods 🙂

At the moment I have my ‘Clay Creations’ for sale but I will also be selling other things too 🙂

I’d love you to check out my store!

HandmadeMelbourne

Jewellery Cleaner

This tip was given to me by one of the sales assistants at Michael Hill Jeweller.

It’s brilliant!

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  • Lectric Soda Crystals
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Soft Bristle Toothbrush
  • 2 bowls (eg. cereal bowls)
  • Boiled water
  • Soapy water

Steps:

  1. Line the inside of a bowl with the aluminium foil
  2. Put two tsps of lectric soda crystals into lined bowl
  3. Pour boiled water into the lined bowl (fill half way)
  4. Give the water a quick mix. It should start steaming straight away
  5. Put jewellery into the steaming water and let them sit for about 10 seconds. *Some may need 10 seconds. Others may need 20 seconds
  6. While this is happening, fill other bowl with warm soapy water
  7. Remove jewellery after required time and put into the soapy water
  8. Give jewellery a scrub with the toothbrush to remove excess dirt
  9. Finally, rinse off the jewellery in warm water to remove the soap
  10. Dry and wear!
Lectric Soda Cleaner

Lectric Soda Cleaner

Soapy Water

Soapy Water

I cleaned yellow gold, white gold, silver, Tiffany and Co. jewellery, Swarovski jewellery, diamonds, sapphires and amethyst.

I wouldn’t recommend this for cheap silver jewellery.

The before and after picture is below. It’s hard to capture it well but now this ring is sparkling like it’s brand new.

I wish I took a photo of my swarovski crystal ring before and after because it came up beautifully.

Before

Before – Dull diamonds and sapphire

After

After – Bright diamonds and sapphire

Εκκλησία της Παναγίας της Παραπορτιανής

Εκκλησία της Παναγίας της Παραπορτιανής

Okonomiyaki Recipe

For those of you who don’t know, I love Japan.

When I was over there I ate many things but okonomiyaki was not one of them.

In fact, until recently, I didn’t even know  that this delicious dish was called okonomiyaki! I always called it a Japanese fried pancake.

To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of them because I haven’t had many nice ones.

Not long ago, I was driving around the city for work and finally managed to find a carpark to grab some lunch.

The closest restaurant was Shuji Sushi (bit of a tongue twister).
I looked through the display and grabbed a menu. Nothing appealed! I was hungry and getting cranky so I said to the man “ok… I’ll just have a pancake please”.

Back at my table, I took a bite into a slice. I was delicious! Such a satisfying surprise. For a franchise restaurant I was amazed at how good it was!

I Googled Japanese fried pancakes after lunch and found out that they’re called okonomiyaki!

I had discussed them with my Japanese tutor but never bothered to remember the name.

A couple of nights later, I was cooking up some San Remo ravioli and it started to look very unappetising.

Thoughts of my delicious okonokiyaki started pouring into my mind.

I pulled out my local Japanese takeaway menu and it was on the list! So I ordered okonomiyaki and a miso soup.

The ravioli went down the grinder 😛 No great loss.

I brought my miso soup and okonomiyaki home. The pancake was as large as a plate! I barely finished it all. But wow… It was the best i’d ever eaten! 😀

It was that moment I decided I must make this amazing dish.

So I did!

Every recipe is different. This is a veggie one.

You can put strips of bacon on top or add some diced prawns and pork. Up to you!

おいしい

おいしい

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of plain flour
  • 5 eggs
  •  2 cups cold water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 potato, peeled, grated
  • 3 green cabbage leaves, shredded
  • 100g bean shoots, trimmed
  • 6 spring onions, sliced
  • 1/2 medium carrot, grated
  • 1/2 medium zucchini, grated

To Serve:

  • Okonomi Sauce
  • Kewpie Mayonaise

Method:

  1. Mix together flour, eggs, water and salt to form a smooth batter
  2. Stir in potato, cabbage, bean shoots, spring onion, carrot and zucchini
  3. Heat a little oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Spoon a ladle full of mixture into the pan (depends on how large or small you want them). Cook for about 5 minutes either side.
  4. Serve with Okonomi Sauce and Mayonaise 🙂

This recipe is for my かわいい (cute) friend Alice!

Marine Debris

Marine-debris...

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!

So interesting to know how long these everyday items take to decompose… in the sea 😦

Genius

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