weekend wonders

21 08 2011

weekinAugust 037Things are going along well here.  Deon is doing his best at work and is impressing the bosses with his pragmatic and realistic approach.  Classes have been going quite well – but with stormy weather the ladies have been arriving very late.  They are encouraged as I have promised to try sell their fist knitted gear on an upcoming trip to SA.   We have some fun visitors to class too – these little ones stepped right in while class was in progress. Hopefully their English improves a little! 

There are various ideas to improve the classes gestating in my mind and heart.  Please pray around these ideas – that they will be God’s plans, not mine and that if it IS from Him, that the ideas will work out. 

banana bread recipe 011Sarah-the-superb continues to amaze me.  We have a great deal in common and she is enjoying chances to learn new crafting skills.  Sarah rushes through her house chores so that we can try different crafting ideas, that may or may not work for classes.  Sarah is quite artistic – on Friday afternoon she sat on the floor (where she wanted to sit) and played with my tubes of guache, and this is what she achieved, with NO help from me!


We have been trying some paper arts , and have designed candle holders, which are MUCH needed here with regular load shedding.  If we can make a number of these, I hope to be able to sell some in town.Coiled paper, which takes a LOT of time to put together, candleholders.  TADA!    banana bread recipe 010banana bread recipe 008thursday 065



banana bread recipe 007Ah!  I made a successful banana loaf with modifications – the most low GI I have made up to now.  Sugar is REALLY expensive at the moment (all sorts of politics going on there!) .  So I thought I will make this the first recipe to be shared on this blog.  I am not really a foodie – so it might be the last recipe too! 

Here is the recipe  with MY changes.  I think it is a greatly healthy treat!

Extra Low GI Banana bread

2 large eggs

4 Tablespoons  (Tbs) honey

1 cup smashed bananas (About 3)

1/3 cup buttermilk (we use vanilla yoghurt here)

1 Tbs veg oil

1 teaspoon  (tsp) vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup cake flour

1 1/4 cup nutty wheat / all bran flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

weekinAugust 009For the method, I will show how we bake here without an oven, on a gas stove top! The way we do things is indicated in violet.

Preheat oven to 325F / 180 C  – Get the water in the big pot boiling – about 1 cup. Tie a tea towel around the lid to absorb excess liquid.Kightly grease a baking pan, dust with flour. 

Using an electric beater, beat the eggs and honey until light (I mix for about 2 minutes).  Smash the bananas and all wet ingredients together – blitzed in a liqudiser works for me!  Mix these int ote egg mix.  Add the dry ingredients, beat until just blended.  Transfer to prepared pan.    At the end, after all the moisture has dried up, switch off heat and allow the bread to bake in the dry heat of the pan.  For cooking time, keep the gas flame low for about 50 min.  Then switch off and keep in the heated pot for a while.

Bake bread until golden brown on top and tester inserted into center comes out clean (about 1 hour).  Turn onto a rack and cool.

TADA!  Healthy tropical snack coming up! 

And a pretty pic or 2 from the garden as a finale!

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