After a week of both unsettled weather (Auckland) and business confidence (me), we had a beautiful day today. The sun was out, the washing could finally dry and I had a chance to stop and photograph the flowers. These are all growing in our garden, which is looking perfectly spring-like, thanks to the previous owner's love of cottage gardens.
Daniel had a fever this morning, so the boys and I spent a very relaxing day at home. Joshua and I baked some banana loaf, pictured here with some of the 2 litres of lemonade I made over the weekend. (That's Daniel's straying hand, by the way.) I got a wine box full of lemons and limes from Craig's mum on Saturday and promptly made some more cordial for... SPOILER ALERT LESLEY... Christmas presents. Both the loaf and the lemonade are delicious, and made from recipes found in the South African cooking bible, Kook en Geniet.
125ml (1/2 cup) butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 - 6 bananas (I always freeze those half-eaten bananas the kids bring home from kindy; I just cut the ends off).
Cream butter and sugar, add vanilla and eggs and mix well.
Sift dry ingredients and mash bananas; add both these to mixture. Mix well.
Bake in medium loaf tin at 180 C for about an hour.
Let it cool; slice and spread with butter.
Juice lemons/limes. Strain and pour into large saucepan. Add 6 cups of sugar to every 4 cups of juice, heat slowly until the sugar has dissolved. Don't let it boil. Strain again (I find limes have a very fine pulp) and pour into sterilised bottles. This should keep for months in the pantry.
It's very strong, so you only need a finger high in a glass, filling the rest with your choice of water or gin :)