Banana Bread

I had a go at making this banana bread for an afternoon tea that I was ‘hosting’ for The Husband, as a lockdown treat.


  • 285g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 110g butter
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 85ml buttermilk (I found a tip online that said if you don’t have buttermilk use normal milk with 1 and 1/2 tsp of vinegar)


  • Mix together the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda.
  • In a separate bowl to the flour cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (I used and electric whisk to do this).
  • Mash the bananas with a fork
  • Add the eggs, mashed banana, milk and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar and mix well. Fold in the flour mix.
  • Either grease a loaf tin (8in x 5in – though to be honest I didn’t have any idea what size mine was I just used what I had) or like me you could use a loaf tin liner.
  • Put into the oven and bake for about an hour or until it has risen and turned golden brown.
  • Cool on a wire rack before serving.

Onion Bhaji’s

I usually make a curry every Saturday night, sometimes from scratch and sometimes from a pre-made sauce. We always have shop bought onion bhaji’s, which never usually have the same kind of taste or texture as the restaurant variety. So I thought I would have a go at making my own.


  • Vegetable oil
  • 7tbsp flour (plain or Gram)
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion granules
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 while medium white onions
  • Water


  1. Slice the onions into thin strips
  2. In a bowl mix the flour and spices
  3. Add water a small amount at a time, until it becomes a thick batter
  4. Add the onions to the batter and mix until completely coated
  5. Cover the bottom of a deep pan with oil and heat until a drop of batter bubbles and rises to the top
  6. Drop a tbsp. of the mixture, one at time, into the hot oil.
  7. Cook each bhaji for 2 minutes on each side until brown
  8. Drain on kitchen towel

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