Thursday, May 23, 2013

the night before

I used to love going to bed the night before my birthday. A wave of excitement and anticipation would wash over me as I tried to close my eyes and sleep. I remember  thinking... "tomorrow when I wake up and I'll be 13" (these days it's more like "tomorrow I'll wake up another year closer to 40!")

Although LadyBug has no idea really what the excitement is all about. She does know something's going on,and  vaguely knows it's her birthday. 

We've been busy getting ready for a little gathering of little friends we are hosting for her, and she's watched with anticipation and joy as we do that but I think to her it's just another day. All week I've been telling her that she can wear her party dress on Friday. And all week she's been asking to wear it... "Oh, isn't it Friday yet?"

Today we shopped and came home to decorate and pack little party boxes for her friends. I've hung some paper flowers, coloured pasta green for a craft and baked cupcakes. 

I'm exhausted but I'm going to bed tonight excited for the fun day I know LadyBug will have tomorrow. 

Tonight I carried my sleeping LadyBug to her bed for the last time as a two year old. Tomorrow when she wakes up she'll be three. 

And three is so big!

Friday, May 3, 2013

can we have cake for breakfast mum?

It's not often you have a cake in the house that is good enough to eat for breakfast.  But when you do... it's something worth sharing. 

I had a hand of sad looking bananas in the fruit basket this week... they were just crying out to be turned into something amazing.  So I heeded their cry for greatness, and mashed them into this delightful Banana and Zucchini Bread.  

LittleBee is rather fond of this bread, and she randomly asked me to make some one morning this week.  I was very thankful for those sad bananas and the obliging zucchinis in the fridge, so I could make her want come to life.

And with a cake/bread as good as this, how could you not let the kids have it for breakfast!  With a nice helping of banana and hidden zucchini, it makes it both delicious, and just a little bit healthy.  Just a little...

Banana Zucchini Bread

Makes two loaves


3 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup oil (vegetable oil, or other preferred light flavoured oil)
3 eggs
1 cup of honey OR 11/2 cups rapadura/coconut palm sugar
1 tbs vanilla
2 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas)
2 cups shredded zucchini (unpeeled - about 3 medium)

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Grease and flour two loaf tins, and preheat the oven to 180 degrees

Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and baking powder in a mixing bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat together the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla.  Stir in the banans and zucchini. Add this mix to the flour mixture and stir until just moistened, or until no more flour lumps can be seen.  Stir through the nuts if using.

Pour into prepared loaf tins and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the bread comes out clean.

Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing from tins and cooling completely on wire racks.

Slice thickly and enjoy!  It's really good toasted the next day with a nice slathering of butter too.

* Thermomixers!  I haven't made the whole cake in the thermomix, as it makes a lot of mixture, but you can use the Thermomix to help you along the way.  If you are using a thermomix: shred the zucchini on speed 5 for a few seconds.  Remove from the bowl and set aside (no need to wash the bowl).  Mash the banana, again using speed 5 for a few seconds.  Then you can add the oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla and mix on speed 3 until well combined.  Add the zucchini back into the bowl and mix together for a few seconds on speed 3.  Continue as above.

UPDATE: I've also posted this recipe on a new baking blog... it's only new, but check it out at  
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