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Banana nut bread and breakfast

“Come and try some Banana Nut Bread” was the invitation I got the other day. Well I’ve never been know to refuse an offer of some cake so off I went. Ken and Penny are a couple from America who are living in the village and Penny is a pretty good cook so I knew I was in for something tasty. This is Penny:

Never having had banana nut bread before I didn’t really know what to expect, it was delicious and Ken pressed me into having a number of slices (won’t say how many).

This is what it looked like and Penny gave me the recipe so I’ll be making some of my own. It’s a very simple recipe so here it is for your delectation:
1 cup = 8ounces
1 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup mashed bananas (3 or 4)
1/2 cup buttermilk or yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit/176 degrees Celsius
Grease bottom of pan: One 9inch by 5 inch or two 8 inch by 4inch
Mix sugar and butter, add eggs, then add bananas, yogurt, & vanilla. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Bake for 1 1/4 hours for 9 inch pan or 1 hour for the 8 inch pans. Cool inverted for 15 minutes, remove from pans and let cool completely (2 hours) before tightly wrapping in aluminum foil. Keeps for 4 days at room temperature, ten days in fridge. Can be frozen too. Have a go, you’ll like it.

On Saturday I had breakfast with Rob down at the Derya Beach Restaurant. It is right next to Kuçuk Çakıl beach and looks out over the sea. It’s a very nice place and we had a Turkish breakfast while putting the world to rights!

After that we both had shopping to do. The weather has warmed up again now and when I came home I was feeling pretty full so I had a nice doze in the shade and then lay in the sun for an hour or so. What a nice day!

Posted July 19, 2009 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

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The weather here over the last few days has been slightly cooler, there was quite a bit of cloud and a loud rumble of thunder yesterday but no rain.  At the market on Friday I bought some lovely strawberries intending to have them as a dessert but I forgot about them and they were still in the fridge this morning. The air was fresh and after watering a few plants I thought it would be nice to have them for breakfast. They were lovely with cream!

The dogs had their breakfast then. My neighbour’s dog hadn’t appeared so he’ll have to have his bit this evening. L-R Alf, Wilf and Minnie

Sitting under the vines I paid a bit more attention to the developing grapes than I usually do and I realised just how many bunches there were. It would be nice if they become sweet table grapes but if not I’m planning to make some wine with them. There are a couple of people in the village who are expert at wine making so I’ll enlist some help I think. I don’t really know what I’m doing but I can follow instructions. The last lot of wine I tried to make is undrinkable but I might try and distill it and make some fire-water. Hee hee! Here’s a photo of the grapes:

Well that started a nice Sunday, I’m going to watch the Moto GP racing from Laguna Seca later. We’ll see what Jorge Lorenzo can do from pole but I can’t help hoping that Rossi wins. - Free myspace Profile

Posted July 5, 2009 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized