Cinnamon Banana

I found this recipe on pinterest for pan-fried cinnamon bananas, which was from Dizzy, Busy, and Hungry. So I decided to give it a go, as it seemed quick and easy with no expensive ingredients.banana

  • 2 Bananas
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4tsp Cinnamon

Mix the sugar and spices in a bowl. Then slice the banana, and fry on a skillet with a little oil, over a medium heat.

After about 2mins on one side sprinkle half the spices onto the banana and flip over, then sprinkle the remaining spices and fry for another 2 mins.  I prodded the banana pieces regularly to avoid burning them.

collages6It is pretty simple, although mine turned out a little squishier than Dizzys.  And the skillet got a bit yucky!  But it tasted pretty good, if you like bananas and sweet things!  It just did not taste healthy though.  I guess it’s two portions really but boyfriend doesn’t like nanas so it all went in my tummy.  I reckon what I ate was about 300 calories, and about 46g of sugar (15g per banana, and about 16g of sugar, in total that’s more sugar than a can of coke!).


After The Quake by Haruki Murakami- Book Review

I’ve read some of Murakami before and liked it, although I found it sort of bemusing I suppose.  I was also attracted to this book after watching The Wind Rises, a Studio Ghibli film which features the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake which killed at least 100,000 people.   After The Quake is actually set in the mid 1990’s after the 1995 Kobe Earthquake which killed over 6,000 people.  There’s an earthquake simulator at the Natural History Museum in London that simulates a 2011 Japanese earthquake, clearly it’s a shakey place.

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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

I used Quorn mince and sweet potato to make my Shepherd’s Pie (so not really a shepherd’s pie but whatever the name is for a Quorn wrangler…).

  • 700g Sweet Potato
  • 300g Quorn Mince
  • 300g Onion
  • 500g Tomato Sauce
  • Balsamic Vinegar

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Snorlax Door Stop

About three years ago I decided to make a door stop, and picked Snorlax as my inspiration.

Snorlax is a giant pokemon who sleeps and eats, he is in fact a key plot point in the early pokemon games as he blocks your path and you have to figure out how to wake him up.  So he seemed like a good choice for something that’s going to sit there blocking something.

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Moriarty by Anthony Horrowitz- Book Review


Book got slightly battered in my bag in the rain

There’s this new thing now for contemporary writers to take a stab at writing new works for celebrated, but dead, literary figures.  Anthony Horrowitz’s ‘House of Silk’, a new Sherlock Holmes story really kicked it off.  I read House of Silk and really enjoyed it.

‘Moriarty’, is another Sherlock Holmes book by Horrowitz, except without Sherlock Holmes (this is after Holmes famously faked his own death in a duel with Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls, so he’s not around).  Instead our protagonist is Fred Chase, a Pinkerton Investigator who is tracking down a criminal mastermind from America who is now  reeking havoc in London. Continue reading

Tie-Dye Take Two

After the unmitigated success of my previous tie-dye efforts, and because I had bought two packets of dye in the first place, I thought I’d try it again.  It took me a while to find some cotton tops (it has to be natural fibres), then get my act together to wash them (they have to be washed first), but I finally got onto it.

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