Homemade Banana Bread


Hi guys, how are you doing? I hope you are all safe and well.

From spending all this time at home, I have begun to appreciate the comforting scent of a freshly baked cake straight out the oven. Baking has always been a hobby of mine – there’s something so satisfying about turning a buttery, sugary mixture into a fluffy sponge of goodness. Last week, I was passing time and decided to bake a banana bread. I followed an old recipe from ‘River Cottage,’ but I altered it a little bit. It turned out super delicious and so I thought I’d share it with you!

You need:
100g unsalted butter (I used salted and it was fine!)
125g light brown sugar
2 eggs
2/3 ripe bananas
100/125g raisins/apricots/chocolate (anything you fancy, really!) – measurements are quite general for this because, in my opinion, it’s up to you how much filling you want to put in. I used raisins as we didn’t have any apricots in
200g self-raising flour
Lemon/orange (for the zest – not essential!)

Method:
Method is super simple!
Begin by mixing the butter (softened) and sugar in a bowl to form a creamy mixture. Then, crack the eggs into the bowl and mix again. Then, mash the banana’s into a paste and also add them into the mixture. Follow this by adding the raisins/apricots/chocolate (whichever filling you prefer) and mix well. Then, grate the lemon or orange zest into the bowl and mix! Then, it’s time to sift the flour and mix again. Pour the batter into a prepared tin and place in the oven for about 50 minutes (keep an eye on it though) on 160ᵒC.

Its really easy and it’s absolutely delicious – I’ve used the same recipe since I was young, and it’s never failed me!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx

Healthy Smoothie Recipe


Hello everyone, how are you?

Friday is finally here and it’s the weekend! I’m sure you’ve been working hard, so now it’s your time to chill, relax and put your favourite TV programme on! Do you have any nice plans this weekend? My family and I are driving to see some old family friends of ours, so we’re going to be quite busy!

I woke up this morning and decided to make a smoothie. I’ve been into healthy eating recently and I’m loving it. I can definitely detect a change in my overall mood and I generally feel fitter! So, what I love about smoothies is that they’re full of great nutrients AND they’re so easy to make! You can chuck in a variety of healthy ingredients and it just tastes of fresh fruit, so it’s a win-win really!

The ingredients I used:
1 orange, a handful of frozen strawberries, 1 frozen banana, spinach and almond milk! (I also added some chia seeds and raspberries on top but that’s optional!)

The fact there’s spinach in it might put you off (I get it), but you honestly can’t taste the spinach because it’s overpowered by the fruit – so you’re basically adding all the good greens without even having to taste them!

It was a great, refreshing start to my day, filling my body with plenty of nutrients and I’d definitely recommend it. I don’t know why, but having a healthy start to the day makes me feel more motivated as well as improving my overall mood!

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Lots of love,
Somewhat Perfect xxx