My First Banoffee Pie in 10 Steps 

Hi all

I’ve said before how I’m not very domesticated but this is such a simple recipe even I did t go wrong! I made mine in a disposable round metal tray because it’s easier to take to places for friends to try!

What you’ll need 

Base 

250g of digestive biscuits

100g of melted butter 

Topping 

300ml of whipping cream

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of granulated sugar

1 teaspoon of chocolate dust

1 banana (to decorate)

Filling

4 bananas

1 tin of carnation caramel 

Step 1 – Crush your digestives in a mixing bowl, I used a wooden rolling pin to help me do this. A great way is to do this in a bag and smash with the rolling pin. (However me being me, I’m not that prepared and I forgot the bags…again.)

Step 2 – melt the butter either – in a small saucepan which takes generally less than a minute or the microwave again this doesn’t take long. Start with twenty second then add in ten seconds if needed. Once this is done add to the crushed biscuits and mix.

Step 3 – When you are happy that all the biscuit is covered, place into the base of your tin. Although I’m using disposable, you can also use a 20cm tin with a removable bottom. Flatten down as firmly and evenly as you can.

Step 4 – Place you base in the fridge while you chop the bananas. I used 4 and sliced then evenly at around 5mm wide. When I finished prepping the bananas I removed the base from the fridge again.

Step 5 – Place the banana slices on to the base starting from the outside working inwards. (Originally I put the caramel on first but this just made the biscuit stick to it too much)

Step 6- Add the caramel, carnation works straight from the tin! Cover the bananas evenly, add some more banana randomly and cover again. I had some banana left so just put this on top before the cream.

Step 7 -Whipping the cream. It may be simple to most but it’s something I’ve always struggled with. I put the cream into a mixing bowl with the granulated sugar and vanilla extract.

Step 8 – Whisk together for around 6 minutes. You have to do this until the cream starts to get thicker, this should hold on the whisk without running.  (This was like a full work out!)

Step 9 – Cover the top of the pie so far, with the whipped cream. For a final step simple on grated chocolate or a flake! I used cocoa powder to dust. I placed a heart template down then sprinkled around it. After I removed the template I filled he middle with a final layer of banana.

Step 10 – Chill in the fridge and …ENJOY


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Digestives and icing 

‘Twas the night before Red Nose Day and

you could hear more than a mouse,

there was a noisy little girl in the house,

so we decided to bake biscuits

that were red pink and blue

They all looked so different

Just like me and you.

Hi all,

Today after school lily and I decided to decorate some biscuits. We were going to bake some ,but this way any we did wrong or didn’t like we could dispose of and not feel bad.

I remember that I used to do this in my brownies groups when I was younger. We used to use plain icing but coloured seems more fun! We used 200g of icing sugar and added 1 tablespoon of hot water then added some food colour gel, I find you get a better colour with the gel than normal colourings. When you’ve mixed all of this together simply spread onto the biscuits with the back of a spoon and decorate how you wish!

It’s really simple but is great for an easy afternoon activity. Will be good with Easter coming up to try and do some in different colours e.g. Yellow that look like 🐥 chicks.

Thanks for reading

T x.

Happy Mother’s Day to all! 

For me, I find Mother’s Day can be a little controversial. When I was younger I used to complain that there was no daughters day, there was never any malice in it thought, Just an ongoing joke. Mother’s Day was just that, a day to celebrate our mums.

As I got into my teen years I started to think about becoming a mother myself, I wondered what I’d be like as a mum,  how many children I’d have, who would play daddy. In my head every time I split up with a boyfriend I would just picture the next as daddy instead.

Now I’m in a different older and in a different position again this year. Part of me is still angry, for not being able to have children naturally, part of me just doubts what may not happen in the future. At the moment my mind is making me feel that I should be sad because today reminds me of the day my body let me down. It took away the one thing, as I woman I am supposed to be able to do. It took away my natural changes at morherhood. At first I thought this the end of things. I would never get what I want.

Now I’m slightly more optimistic because I know I have plenty of other options. There’s not high odds with the ivf but every year something new is introduced to improve chances. So for me right now I’m just going with ‘This time next year…..’

Instead of working yourself up about how the day might make you feel, just wait and see before you wind yourself up about it. It’s really hard Knowing while everyone else is lapping up being a mum, having presents and being spoilt. Youll be reminded of the one thing you want but can’t have.

It’s okay, this is normal to feel this way. What we change is how we react or feel about it. It’s not other people’s fault that we are unfortunate, it’s just the way our stories were meant to plan out. For what ever reason that may be.

Focus on your other options and dont freet about what others have. Sometimes not all is as it seems.

  • So happy Mother’s Day to mother and the amazing non mums out there who watch parent complaint every day wishing to have just that to complain about!

Thanks for reading

T x

Until you 

She’s got herself lost

Tied up in the mess

Couldn’t see clearly

Until the light came thorough

It was in that moment

She realised

She didn’t need you.

She left him there

Where he always left her

Waiting around

Head banging the wall,

Her courage got her there

To where she should be

She was happy again

Just like you or me

Then she met the new one

She would love him too

the baggage was there

But she said it didn’t matter

Not to me or you.

Maybe she should let it go,
Forget it ever happened,

maybe she should fight

For him.

In hope that this time its right

Horse racing – Cheltenham

Hi all,
This week is ‘race week’ at our local racecourse, its a really popular event and lots of people attend the first day saw excess of over 70000 people. I wanted to do a daily update but I kind of got lost in the weeks festivities. This  is one of the main racing events in the UK. The best thing about this week is the atmosphere. All the Irish come over because its their horses that race here too, everyone is mainly happy and drunk during races. Its the peak event for all trainers and jockeys everywhere with everything leading up to Fridays main race- the gold cup.
Day 1
Today was a disappointment for myself. The ground was good to soft and it was a good dry day the weather held out all day. The horses that were meant to win didn’t  (the favourites), but that’s the joy of racing .For my it was a bad day as I only came out £20 up but at least there weren’t as many injuries.
My top picks of the day
Un temps pour tout -9/1- Came 1st – this has been popular before so I thought I would back him again.
Altior – 1/4 –  Came 1st – this was the only favourite that came 1st today, others that came first weren’t the most favoured.
Apples Jade -7/2- Came 1st – new horse to me haven’t heard of this one before but I will be backing again in future.
Melon -3/1- Placed 2nd – fave horse and the fave jockey, sadly it wasn’t ruby Walsh’s day today, still a good result though – unless you didn’t go each way.
Day 2
Today was a beautiful day the sun was shinning and the weather was great. Sadly it wasn’t a day for the faves again. Some placed and did ok but only 1 favourite out of 7 races came in. This is really does show that its anyone’s game. Two years ago I remember there being 3 jockeys that dominated the festival, this time around is great to see some old jockeys and new making there headway at Cheltenham.
My top picks of the day
Neon Wolf – 2/1 – Placed 2nd – right up until the end, neon was looking very strong, however on the last hurdle he did falter, he recovered so well and came second on a photo finish.
Whisper – 9/2 – Placed 2nd – This horse has a popular trainer and I hadn’t heard of the favourite on this race before. although  the fave did win it was again a very close 2nd for whisper.
Special Tiara – 20/1 – Came 1st – this was a turn for the books I picked this based on my sister in law, her names Tara and she picks this every year and every year he’s come in the to  3. was extremely pleased with this win but cold kick myself for not putting more on.
Day 3
I cant yet give my summary of today, however the weather isn’t looking good its very overcast. However different horses like different ground and conditions so we shall see what happens from there.
My top picks of the day –
Flying angel – 16/1 – I like the jockey for this horse and the name seems significant to me.
unowhatimeanharry – 11/8 – the fave for the day, although this horse is looking strong if the last two days are anything to go by there may be not be as good a chance as it seems
Doctor Harper – 11/1 – this is my horse for the last race of the day, I think hes done well in previous years so I thought why not.
isleofhopendreams – 12/1 – again a well favoured jockey and so far this week he hasn’t had much luck.
I will update my selections later and see who comes in today- to all fellow horse racing lovers out there … Good Luck
Thanks for reading
T x

 

Hair braids 

Hi all!

Today I tried to braid hair for the first time, I must admit it doesn’t actually look too bad from a distance. However given that I didn’t actually have a choice no to heomention me separate nor did we intend to do the whole head.

I believe I do my French plaits backwards, I’m not sure how or why, when I did it smaller it did actually work better than expected. I thought it would be fiddly but it’s not, as long as they sit still !

I used some plastics bands to tie the plaits. She was very pleased that they were all pink.She looked at them from different angles before declaring she loved it!

This is far from professional and took me longer than no 15mins in total. But it does I’ll be great when it’s not and to keep her hair out of her face when it’s hot!

This is just another casual Sunday that really does make my week!

T x

Streets of darkness

Hi all,

I wanted to share with you my latest read. At our local Tesco they have been doing a book deal with the newspaper. If you buy the sun you get a book for just £2! I much prefer an actual Book to a kindle alternative, this is a great way to grow my collection.

‘The sky over Bradford is heavy with foreboding. It always is. But this morning it has reason to be – this morning a body has been found. And it’s not just any body.

Detective Harry Virdee should be at home with his wife. Impending fatherhood should be all he can think about but he’s been suspended from work just as the biggest case of the year lands on what would have been his desk. He can’t keep himself away.
Determined to restore his reputation, Harry is obliged to take to the shadows in search of notorious ex-convict and prime suspect, Lucas Dwight. But as the motivations of the murder threaten to tip an already unstable city into riotous anarchy, Harry finds his preconceptions turned on their head as he discovers what it’s like to be on the other side of the law…’
Firstly I really enjoyed this book in the end and can’t wait for the second book to arrive. Harry Virdee is a detective inspector who has recently been suspended from work. Harry was suspended as he assaulted another man, Pradeep. Pradeep doesn’t agree with Harry’s choices to marry a Muslim lady, Saima.

Harry and Saima are very happy together even if it is jut the two of them. They have both been disowned by there families for wanting to be together, but there love for each other was always stronger. Now married and expecting their first baby together, things should be good for them. However Harry’s potential job loss weighs on them both.

Harry is given the opportunity to save his job by finding the EX- leader of the BNP, Lucas Dwight- who has just been released from prison. Lucas is the suspect for the city’s most recent murder. However when Harry starts to believe that Lucas didn’t actually commit the crime, the pair work together to try and solve the case and regain Lucas’s freedom.

Harry and Lucas have to work through many issues to help get to the bottom of the case. Things take a turn for the worst after Harry’s wife, Saima, disappears from their home. With Saima due to go into labour any minute, a Harry does everything he can to ensure he can find her safely. However sometimes you have to cross the wrong side of the law to get things like this done.

Just how far will Harry go?

Will Saima have her baby?

Did Lucas really kill anyone?

There are so many questions you may have for this book, without ruining the end, things just aren’t always as they seem. And it’s a very small world in the end.

If you like fast paced, gripping books then this is definitely one for you! It also explores the divide between religions that I myself didn’t really understand st the beginning.

Hope you enjoyed this review. I recommend this to anyone.

Thanks for reading

T x

I feel flooded 

I feel flooded Like its too much for me right now . I would love to do that, to have that store that opportunity but now? Right now I want to have a baby and complete my family. It’s just the missing part of our puzzle, I would love that chance but the actual how to run it scares me, I don’t know how to pay people, what things I need to start, I just know how to make it look good and know what to sell the ideas, but actually materialising it. I’m not actually sure I can do that. What if I get it wrong, who do I turn to if I get stuck, who will bail me out. It’s nice in a dream to see what it’s like but in reality it scared the hell out of me. Why now? Now that I’m settled again, to a point, I can handle things for now. But I want to stay strong for my family I could have, im scared I can’t do the two, we have our house our home and I don’t want to leave it. I just don’t know what to do….