It's been a little while since I did a foodie blog and as today I've been somewhat of a domestic goddess I thought I'd put that right.
Today I made a cake. Not just any old cake but a cake from the new book by "The Great British Bake Off" winner Jo Wheatley "A Passion for Baking". I'd treated myself to the book last week but hadn't got round to looking at it properly yet. As I had three over ripe bananas in my fruit bowl goading me into doing something with them, other than throwing them away, I went in search of a recipe for Banana loaf.
And here it is
Me being me I mucked about with the recipe a bit as my cupboards dictated. I used golden caster sugar instead of demerara and dark soft brown sugar instead of light. I didn't have any pecans so I just left them out and I put the cinnamon in the mixture rather than sprinkle it on top.
But the results were great. The boy devoured a whole piece at tea time and has been hyper on the slow release energy of bananas and a tonne of sugar ever since. He's been bouncing off the walls like Tigger and is currently in bed and, from what I can gather, is narrating to bear, bunny and monkey entire episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine.
Ahh at least he's happy!
I tweeted about my success and the lovely Jo re-tweeted it and then sent me a message back.
I got a bit star struck as I do in these matters. Well she's off the telly from a programme I really like and her book is great.
I know I'm lame! What can you do?
Jo Wheatley tweeting me back also meant I was only one degree of separation away from one of the hosts of "The Great British Bake Off", Mr Paul Hollywood.
Lemon Cake Lady and I have complete and utter teenage style crushes on "the Silver Fox"!
All you have to do is mention whipping up icing with your hand to LCL and she melts into a puddle on the floor.
Clementine has suggested I apply for The Great British Bake Off as a contestant. I'd be hopeless. Yes I can bake. A bit. But not to the standard they require and also I'd be a gibbering wreck. All it would take would be for Paul Hollywood to announce that the technical bake was iced fingers and I'd be a goner!
Although it might be worth it to go on and say my signature bake was chocolate rice crispy cakes and just see how Paul and Mary Berry coped without laughing or chucking me out the tent?
Instead I am taking Lemon Cake Lady to the Good Food show in November for her birthday present. I have booked the tickets with Gold seats for the food theatre on Friday to see Mary Berry and the afore mentioned Silver Fox Mr Paul Hollywood doing The Great British Bake Off LIVE!
We'll be within touching distance!
Well row D, which is certainly within icing flicking distance should his hands get too over enthusiastic whilst whipping up a batch.
To say we're excited is an understatement. We are grown women. With husbands. And children! Yet we are giggling wrecks. Like teenagers with a crush on the teacher.
Lets just hope we don't muck about so much we get detention.....