Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Liebster blog nomination, banana bread and we're off to Wales!

Hello! This is just a little check in as I should be packing- we're off to Wales tomorrow to stay in a Yurt- woohoo! I'm so excited, despite the weather forecast of rain, rain, rain and a little thundery storm or two... At least the yurt is already up, we won't have to get soaked while setting up a tent, one of the major bonus' of 'glamping'!

This morning we saw my fabulous Sister in Law leave to go home back home to the States :( We had such a lovely time while she visited and the girls adored having her here. She had to leave early for her flight so for a quick and easy breakfast I made a 'bung it in' banana bread last night (she is a self confessed fan of banana bread). It's literally a blend and mix recipe, where you really don't have to be accurate at all, a little more or less liquid or flour really won't hurt. It tastes amazing served warm with some coconut oil or organic butter and a great breakfast recipe to make the night before if you're up and about early the next day. Enjoy :)

Oooh- another cool thing, I've been nominated for a Liebster award from Emma over at Food, Fork and Good! How exciting is that? It seems to be my lucky week with awards :) I'm honoured to have been nominated by Emma as she is a fabulous blogger, I truly enjoy reading her blog as it always makes me smile, so thanks a million!

A quick google of this award seems to be that it is a bit of a mystery as to how it originated, very cool, and very weird! But, the rules are pretty simple and are as follows.....
1. Thank your nominator (and link back!). 
2. Nominate 5 other blogs, with less than 200 followers and post a comment on each blog letting them know they have been given the award. 
3. Copy and paste the award onto your blog.

And that's it! Pretty simple, pretty fun, and again I get to nominate some super cool folks for the award!

My nominees are (in no particular order):
  1. Just add cayenne
  2. Mess Makes Food
  3. The Wanderers Journal
  4. Vintage Kitchen Notes
  5. The Red Apron
Congrats guys, you are all fabulous bloggers and totally ROCK! :)

Easy peasy banana bread

2 1/2 cups of whole spelt flour (or regular wholemeal flour)
1 heaped tsp of bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup of currants
6 prunes
2 bananas
1 cup of milk of choice
Juice of half a lemon
2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax and 6 tbsp water)
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sugar and alcohol free vanilla extract

Add the flour, bicarb, salt, cinnamon and currants to a large bowl and stir. No need to sift or be delicate!
Add the remainder of the ingredients to a food processor or blender and blitz till smooth (ish)
Tip the wet mix to the dry and stir to combine.
Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake for around 40mins, until a cocktail stick comes out clean when it is inserted in the middle.
Tip onto a rack and leave to cool slightly before serving!

Excuse the poor picture, I just managed to photograph it in the nick of time!

*Veganized Jan 2016


  1. Thanks so much Ellie! This is my first visit to your blog, and it won´t be my last! Have a great time in Wales

  2. Hi Ellie! Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and for the Liebster Award! I am honoured!! :-)

    Have a great long weekend in Wales!!



  3. Hey Paula! My pleasure! Thanks for stoppng by too :)

  4. Hiya Christine! You deserve it :) Thanks- we're very excited, off to brave the rain in a mo!

    1. Greetings from sunny Malaysia!

      All the best for you and your family! Enjoy your weekend.

  5. That banana bread looks yummy. Have a fantastic time in wales, hope the weather holds out for you =] x

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  7. Thank you Ellie for nominating me. You are so sweet!
    Love your blog. Thanks for visiting my blog as well.
    I'm your newest follower/fan.
    Love Goji Berries.
    But my personal favorite is of course Dark chocolate coated goji berries. ;)
    I will direct my friend to your blog who just started loving Whole Foods Health Store, so she can get great recipes for her market ingredient finds.
    Have fun at Wales

    1. My absolute pleasure! Love your blog :) We are a big fan of raw chocolate coated goji berries, they're so yummy.... :) Thanks for sharing my blog with your friend, hope she finds it helpful!
      Ellie x

  8. As the others have said, thank you, Ellie, for the nomination! My post with my nominees will be tomorrow and I'm sure they will be just as happy as I am. Enjoy your time in Wales and thanks for the delicious banana bread recipe too!

    1. No worries RC, as I've said before, your blog ROCKS! :)

  9. i;ve nominated you for an award :)

    1. Miss Messy this is a fabulous surpise to come home to! Thanks a million :)

  10. Thank you for the nomination Ellie!
    I just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award.
    Visit my blog for more info.

  11. Yummy! I'd love to try this with oat flour!!

    1. Great idea! Let me know how it works out, I'm trying to use less wheat flour at the mo :)