Bananas, breakfast, Breakfast Rituals, cafe food, DIY, Fruit, vegetarian

B is for .. Banana

Banana bread is another Aussie cafe staple. There are many variations that you can make, my latest variation is to add berries and chia to give it a bit of tartness and texture. I’ve also added lemon before which can complement the blueberry, as it gives it more of a lift and works well with yoghurt.

Oven – 180 fan forced

Loaf tin, greased and floured (this creates a good crust)


3 large bananas (just over 1 cup) mashed

2 eggs

1/4 cup rice bran oil

3 dessertspoons chia seeds

1/4 cup yoghurt (I use passionfruit vaalia)

1 cup self raising flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Mix the mashed banana with the wet ingredients together and add chia seeds

Add in the self raising flour and baking powder and mix together until combined

Pour into loaf tin and bake for 40 mins. You may need to put some foil over the top for the last 10 mins

Share with a friend and a mug of your favourite tea or coffee


the first mango of the season

Have you had your first mango of the season? I have. Its becoming really warm and lovely here now in Sydney. Its the kind of weather that makes us want to be outdoors with friends and good food.. We recently had the October long weekend here and I caught up with some old friends for a BBQ. So. This first mango. How did I eat it? It was roughly cut in a chunky style in a salad with equally chunky avocado pieces, served with marinated BBQed chicken.. and a tangy mustard dressing accompaniment.

It was delicious. A perfect long weekend dish. Trying to get a picture up here.
There are other fantastic combinations for salads you can use –

feta and watermelon
blueberry and grilled asparagus (one of my faves)
pomegranate and orange, with rocket
rockmelon … super refreshing.

prawns and seafood work well with these combos as well, for the pescetarians!

Now have a big mango craving… so excited for summer!!


Surviving a Stroke at 33 (and Blogging About It)

The Blog

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee suffered a stroke when she was 33, and she has written about her experience in an inspiring personal essay for BuzzFeed.

Before that, she was using a pseudonym on to blog about her experiences, share details about her life, and practice her writing. In 2007, shortly after New Year’s Day, Lee wrote the following in a blog post:

something in my brain burped. most of what i want to do is just out of my grasp. i feel like i know how to do them, but then when i go to do them, i just…CAN’T. day by day, i’m regaining my abilities, so i hope this is just temporary.

Lee’s commenters urged her to see a doctor, and the next day, she responded to them from a hospital bed: “I had a stroke! Will be better.”

I spoke with Lee about her experience, and…

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