I have this recipe on speed dial in my ever growing list of ‘must bakes’ – it is one of my absolute favourites. I don’t know why I haven’t blogged it before now – I think maybe I was thinking there are so many Banana Bread recipes out there, no one wants to see another one!! Then I thought about it some more & realised that in order for me to settle on this particular version, I tried lots of different recipes & am always looking for my next ‘favourite’, even while I am touting the ‘favourite-ness’ of this one.
Yes … mine is a fickle brain indeed! Suffice to say, I decided sharing is never a bad thing – especially if you are like me & want to experiment with different combinations, textures & flavours. I took my main inspiration for this from the ever amazing Bill Granger.
I did some baking over the weekend & baked these very special little squares of chocolate-y goodness, that I just have to share! Normally I would have taken photos of the making process, but I was purely experimenting with a gorgeous recipe I had seen on the wonderful Texanerin Baking blog a few weeks ago. I am so impressed with the result, I don’t want to wait to put it up, so sorry for the lack of pics, but you have to make these, seriously, make them!!!
Erin’s brownie recipe looked so incredible, I wanted to make my own version as a treat for my family. I have changed a few little things, and didn’t have enough zucchini in the fridge to make up the two cups used in her recipe, so I substituted some grated pumpkin. It comes together beautifully, cooks up to a light & fluffy slice, with just enough gooey chocolate to make you want to lick your fingers bare!
One of my favourite fruits to have in the kitchen are soft green buttery avocados! They are versatile & delicious & best of all when in season, very affordable. Winter is the time for getting the ripest & tastiest avocados.
Sadly, the climate where I live isn’t great for growing them, but I keep an eye out for where they are cheapest & stock up to use them in all sort of concoctions.
You can use avocados in so many different ways, in both sweet & savoury dishes, where they add a creamy richness & moisture without being overpowering. Avocados are also incredibly healthy.
Are you like me & really love the idea of red velvet cupcakes, but are then disappointed when the cake is a bit dry & the redness from a little bottle of chemicals & has nothing all that velvety or natural about it? Yes? No?
Hmmm … maybe I over think food a little sometimes, but what else is a foodie to do!?!
Anyway – I decided I wanted to try making something similar, using more natural & seasonal ingredients & after ‘Googling’, as you do, I found a number of recipes touting the wonders of using beetroot & chocolate together to make great cakes.
As it so happened, I had some lovely organic home grown beets in the pantry, with little hope of doing much other than preserving them, as I am the only beetroot eater in the house – I felt I should explore this idea some more. Let me just say, I am so glad I did!
Sausage roll a rainbow, roll a rainbow, roll a rainbow too …
What is it with a big portion of Aussies & our love for all things meat wrapped in pastry?? Pies, pasties, quiches, and the classic sausage roll … any or all options will do, thank you very much, oh & don’t forget the tomato sauce please!! 🙂
My little household are lovers of pastry goodies, in particular a good sausage roll!
I can remember back in primary school, the thing to do for tuck shop lunch was have a sausage roll in a bread roll, covered with potato chips & drowned in tomato sauce. Sheeesh … that really is kind of gross now I think back on it! Thankfully times have changed, along with tuck shop menus … but, my love of a tender parcel of meat wrapped in crisp, flaky pastry has never waned!