Banana bread!

I like my bananas almost green. I simply can’t stand them when they are mushy and overripe. But seeing that once again I bought way too many bananas at the beginning of the week and now they were slowly turning into shelf wild-cats (you know, when they get brown spots all over) I knew the perfect solution: BANANA BREAD!

I found a simple, cup-measured recipe and it is absolutely amazing! The cake turned out not too sweet but more like an actual bread-like bake, with a hint of banana flavour. Perfect for breakfast and tea-dipping! 🙂

And what I love most: the recipe is super simple. All you need is:

2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar (I used 1/2 cup white and 1/2 cup brown sugar)
1 egg
1 1/2 cups self raising flour (or just add 1 tsp baking powder)
1/2 cup ground almonds (optional)
vanilla sugar to taste
cinnamon to taste

Simply mix all the ingredients in a big bowl and bake in a loaf shape for about 50 to 60 minutes at 150 °C. Tha-daa! Simple as that! 😀

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Happy Sunday!

XX, Angie

Happy Birthday, Will!

As you may or may not know, it’s Shakespeare’s birthday today! (Happy Birthday, Will! 🙂 )

In order to celebrate the day accordingly, Shakespeare’s Globe organized The Complete Walk – a 10 minute short film for each play of the bard, especially shot on location and screened this weekend along the Thames.

Although the weather today was like the emotions of Romeo and Juliet translated to atmospheric conditions (rain, sun, wind, rain again – in 5-minute-intervals) I walked between the London Eye and London Bridge and out of 37 I saw the following 16 pieces:

  • The taming of the shrew – Padua, Italy
  • Henry IV part 2 – London, England
  • Romeo and Juliet – Juliet’s Tomb, Verona, Italy
  • Richard III – Tower of London, England
  • Love’s Labour Lost – Navarre, Spain
  • Richard II – The Houses of Parliament, London, England
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Wiltshire, England
  • The Merchant of Venice – The Jewish Ghetto, Venice, Italy
  • Henry IV part 1 – Indre-et-Loire, France
  • Much Ado about Nothing – Sicily, Italy
  • Hamlet – Elsinore, Denmark
  • Othello – Famagusta, North Cyprus
  • Measure for Measure – Burg Liechtenstein, Austria
  • Twelfth Night – West Sussex, England
  • All’s well that ends well – Chateau de Lourmarin, France
  • Timon of Athens – Athens, Greece

The films were more like collages about the respective play, combining pieces of previous performances, images, historic facts and the scenes shot on location – very impressive nonetheless!

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I had to make a short stop at The Globe and had some tea and brownie to thaw my fingers, but apart from that I really enjoyed the walk.
I knew for a long time that there is a walkway all along the Thames, but all I ever walked was the short (and classically touristic) distance between Tower Bridge and Tate Modern. So this was actually the perfect excuse to explore a little more of London!

XX, Angie

Here’s the link to the webpage, if you’re interested in all the other short movies I didn’t mention, or the complete route of the walk:
http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/whats-on/special-events/the-complete-walk

Our new favouritest thing!

Today me and Gozo met up with Isa and Diego for fancy Sunday brunch at Barnyard. And it is officially our new favouritest thing to do! 😉

Since Gonzo left Barnyard in December, we haven’t been back there, so everyone was super happy to see him and he only spent about half the time having breakfast with us – he was too busy saying Hi to everyone and checking if everything’s still running without him.
And I guess the overwhelming joy of his former workmates channelled back to the kitchen – as we didn’t order about half of the food and drinks that ended up on our table! 😀

For starters we shared waffles and brioche with home-made hibiscus and Marco Polo (yes, that’s a fruit) jam, warm cornbread with butter and honey and avocado on toast. For “mains” Gonzo had the black pudding with chorizo, potatoes and fried egg, Isa had amazing greek yoghurt with hazelnuts and real honeycomb and me and Diego both had the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on brioche. We also had carrot, mango and orange blossom smoothie and watermelon juice. It was delicious!
Honestly, I don’t know if I ever had such a fancy breakfast before! And comparing the list of things we had to the menu – I think we had at least one of each! And in the end, they brought us Prosecco! 😀

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After a very long and exhausting brunch, Gonzo had to go home to get some editing done and I went to have a lovely long and sunny walk in colourful Soho.

What a good Sunday!

Hope you had an amazing weekend as well!
XX, Angie

http://www.barnyard-london.com