Blueberry Banana Bread

I was in the mood for a something a little sweet the other day! I had a few over-ripened bananas that kept staring up at me from my fruit bowl every time I walked into the kitchen! I swore I was going to use them in a smoothie, but alas they were even a little to ripe for that! I grabbed The Joy Of Cooking, my go to cookbook, and looked up their easy Banana Bread recipe to see if I had all the ingredients I needed?

  • 1 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  •    2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans

Yep! I had everything except the nuts!  Hmmm… what to do? What to do?  For some reason blueberries kept popping into my head, but I didn’t have any blueberries? I looked through my cabinets and came across Ocean Spray Blueberry Craisins! Will they go? Ach what the heck let’s try ’em!  I set my oven for 350 degrees and whipped together the ingredients!  I poured it all into a small loaf pan and popped it into the oven for 50 mins.  The result… A yummy, scrummy blueberry banana bread that goes perfectly with a cup of tea!

For more delicious recipes check out Food Fight Friday over at Run DMT.

Parmesan Crusted Haddock

I’ve been trying to incorporate fish into our diet at least once a week, but I’m a bit picky about what I like!  The fishes I tend to go for are Cod, Haddock and just recently I began eating Salmon again! I wasn’t able to stomach salmon for a long time because I’d eaten so much of it while I was pregnant, but I digress!  So, last night I decided to try a simple recipe with Haddock I’d actually found for chicken and it ended up turning out really well!

Haddock is a pretty mild fish, it’ has a flaky, firm texture to it that I like!  My mum also taught me a trick with fish!  Apparently if you soak your fish in milk for about a half hour it gets rid of most of the fishy flavor. Thanks mum!

Right back to the recipe!

For the sides I made a simple mashed potatoes with milk, butter and a 1/4 cup of parmesan!  For the vegetable medley:

  • 1 large zucchini sliced and quartered
  • 2 large squash sliced and quartered
  • 5 or 6 mushrooms sliced
  • 1 large tomato diced
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Saute the zucchini, mushrooms and squash till firm, but tender in olive oil and then add in your tomatoes! I don’t like my tomatoes to over power my veggies so I usually only use about half of the tomato.  Finally add, garlic, salt and pepper to taste!

Parmesan Crusted Fish

  • 4 pieces of Haddock
  • 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • Panko crumbs
  • Milk

Soak your haddock in milk for a half hour, remove and place on baking sheet!  Mix mayonnaise and parmesan together and then coat the top of the fish with the mixture.  Sprinkle enough Panko crumbs to cover the top of fish and the mixture.  Place in the oven at 400 for about 30 minutes or until fish center is white and flakes easily with a fork!  This feeds about 4-5 people and the end result is sooooo yummy!

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My First, My Last, My Everything!

I’m sure I’ve probably mentioned somewhere in this blog that I’m a complete Chocoholic! 

*Raises hand*

Hi my name is Kirsten and I’m an addict!

I don’t know what it is about chocolate that’s so satisfying to me, maybe it’s the fact that chocolate releases those feel good endorphins into your brain?  Or… maybe it’s because all that creamy, chocolate goodness just tastes sooo good!

About a week or so ago hubby, Meggers and I were all at the mall so hubs could get his royal shave from The Art Of Shaving, which was an ultra cool gift his mum and step dad got him for Christmas (pics to come next week).  After he was done we headed on over to the Godiva store or as I like to call it the Go Diva store, but I digress!

My fellow chocolate lover and friend Beth over at Seeking My Sanity had let me in on a little chocolate secret. 

You can become a “Godiva Chocolate Rewards” card holder for free! 

 What? Why didn’t I know this? 

Yep apparently with this prestigious membership you can get a free piece of chocolate every month just by flashing your secret card.

*Cue mission impossible music*

Okay so maybe it isn’t quite as 007 as that, but I love to pretend it is and I can proudly say I’m now a member!

But do you blame me? I mean look…

Oh yeah baby!

*Cue Barry White*

*crickets*

Anyway, now you know about my sweet addiction go ahead and link up below to Run DMT’s Friday Food Fight for some more yummy goodness.

 

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Skeleton treats and a Giveaway!

Okay so I had something totally halloweeny and cool set up for todays Friday Food Fight… 

No… Really I did! 

 Unfortunately, due to a to a chocolate melting disaster… Shhh! Don’t tell! I really can bake I promise! *grin*

 I’ve postponed making these fabulous Halloween treats till Sunday so we can make them with some good friends of ours.

However, I’m still going to share these superbly cute and fun treats today incase someone else wants make them for Halloween!

So without further adieu…

 I found these cute Skeleton treats in the void that is on Pinterest are you ready?

BAM!!!!

Idea and picture borrowed from wantsandwishesdesign.blogspot.com

Aren’t they freakin’ cute!!!

I thought so too…

So here’s how we plan on recreating these bad boys on Sunday!

First we’re going to make a pan of brownies and cut them into two-inch squares.

Next we’ll be dipping our pretzels in melted white chocolate and setting them aside to dry.

Once they’re dry, we’ll place a bamboo stick into the brownie and stack our chocolate covered pretzels (aka the skeleton rib cage) onto it.

Using black piping gel we’ll recreate these fabulous faces and place them at the tippy top of our rib cage to finish off our skeleton treat.

So easy and so cute! 

 I promise to post pictures of how ours turn out!

Okay so now I’ve shared this SpOOkTaCulAr treat I have a question for you…

Did you know that today is our 1 year anniversary of hosting Food Fight Friday?

Woot Woot!

My sister-in-law Denise over at Run DMT is doing a fabulous giveaway, she’s giving away one of our favorite cook books in celebration of all the fabulous food we’ve shared!

The Joy Of Cooking!

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