Thursday, September 12, 2013

You sit around getting older there's a joke here somewhere and it's on me

I've made this banana bread a hundred times by now. It's really banana cake, I suppose, but the daughters are trained to call it bread for school lunch purposes.


Well, I took a notion and, instead of the melted butter, I added half a can (or one mini-can) of coconut milk. It was Even Nicer. I felt very delusionally wholefood as I ate it.

They say you gotta stay hungry, says Bruce Springsteen, and how true that is. Here, then, is another favourite: feta and lentil salad.


Mix together some cubed feta, a tin of lentils, your favourite chopped herb (I use coriander), a few chives or spring onions, 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic, and, if you like, some chopped walnuts. Add dressing made from olive oil, lime juice, and a teaspoon of wholegrain mustard. Leave it in the fridge for an hour before it is served.

You'll be showing me up by cooking dried lentils yourself, I realize, rather than using a tin. Jolly good.



This is the uplifting blaster mix of Dancing in the Dark. I wish melodious clubbers would follow me round echoing my words.

18 comments:

  1. But your verts are bijoux. I would expect nothing less. I've just made a pear and chocolate cake from windfalls. (The pears, not the chocolate). I'm rallying.

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    1. I'm glad, Lucille. The cloud is the only reality when it descends, but pear and chocolate make good weapons.

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  2. I'm definitely on board with calling cake "bread". Now I'll just finish scoffing this Victoria loaf and then I'd best be off to restock my tinned pulses. It never stops does it.

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    1. A fine train of thought, Flora. Black forest sourdough rolls...

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  3. Everything in this post is so good! Thank you for the recipe, and it's always fun to hear (and see) Bruce.

    Best wishes.

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, Frances, and thanks for your kind remarks.

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  4. If there is an easier way to make something, be it in a tin or frozen, I'm all for it { I'm not proud } .... as long as it tastes good ! It all looks yummy and Blue and Pink daughters { and Scottish husband, of course } are very lucky to have you. I think that you should apply for The Great British Bake Off ! They always go to the contestants houses ..... just think of the blogging Brownie points that you'd get Mise! XXXX

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    1. It would be a fine chance to steal some kitchen appliances, but by all accounts that Paul Hollywood fellow isn't very Blogtopian and would scoff at my defenseless bread and butter pudding.

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  5. Ooh Mise thanks for the Springsteen Boost this morning!!
    Love your bread and the lentil salad, will make both!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Artists Series

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    1. Good luck, Karena! Something to serve graciously to the visiting luminary artists?

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  6. I have spent the last half hour reading your blog. Thanks for visiting mine. Yours is utterly fab. I am all of an envy.

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  7. Dancing in the dark is the only thing my husband will get up and dance to, voluntarily, that is. I've heard banana 'bread' is a good way of using up over-ripe bananas - at the rate that bananas go speckly is our house we would be eating it every day. I notice you got the best silverware out to serve up your salad.

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  8. I am shocked by finding Banana Bread and feta lentil salad together so mouthwatering. The coconut milk inspiring. (I have trained my son to call it Banana cake so i can get more dessert mileage out of it. This is necessary since I send him to school everysingleday with a peanut butter and nutella sandwich.)

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    1. I'm delighted to find that other nations share my dedication to sending children to school with varied sources of vitamins.

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  9. The banana "bread" looks deliciously moist. And the lentil salad idea is brilliant! I really must try that with my home-cooked lentils :)

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  10. you've invented Thai banana bread.

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  11. Ah-ha, coconut MILK, not oil. oops, that explains the slight dryness. Never the less it is all gone. When I asked my son if he liked it he paused and said, "No. Its the best thing I have ever eaten!". True! AND I brought it to some friends and they politely raved about it. + I artfully sprinkled the bottom of the pan with oats to prevent stickiness. I will try half milk half oil next time.

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  12. Too, too much to take in, a gourmand specializing in tne best of crumbles, dinner rolls, and such,

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Artists Series!

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