• 125 Mil Sunflower oil                                               
  • 150 g  sugar
  • 2 Large bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg, beaten 
  • 190 g Wholemeal Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 125 g yogurt ( Your Choice), I used a fat free fruit yogurt
  • 100 g Raisins 
  1. Grease and line a 2 lb loaf tin. 
  2. Melt butter, sugar  in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat and add the mashed bananas, mix well.
  4. Add the egg, mix well.
  5. Stir in the flour and yogurt and raisins. 
  6. Pour into the prepared tin, sprinkle with a tablespoon of demerara sugar to give a crunch topping if liked.
  7. Bake at 170 C / Fan 150 C / Gas 3 for 35 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool and enjoy! 

Carrot Cake


  • 2 Eggs
  • 60 g Sugar
  • 50 ml Vegatable Oil
  • 130 g   Wholemeal Flour
  • 10 g Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon Powder
  • 1 tsp All Spice
  • 100 g   Raisins
  • 3 Large Carrots, finely grated.
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • Pinch of Salt

For Icing

  • 175 g Icing Sugar
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice


1. Pre Heat oven to 180 degrees
2. Place eggs, sugar and oil into a large mixing bowl. Beat well until
3. Sieve the flour,baking powder,cinnamon and allspice into the egg
        mixture and fold in gently.
4. Add the raisins, grated carrots, lemon juice and a pinch of salt
        to the bowl and very gently combine all the ingredients together.
5. Pour mixture into a sandwich tin
6. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 180 degrees.
7. In a small bowl combine the icing sugar and lemon juice for form
        a runny icing sugar.
8. Let cake cool slightly and pour runny icing over top.


I found this nutritional chart on whilst trying to find out if brown rice is healthier than white rice as recent headlines seem to be telling us...

I like both , depending on what is being served with it, I would always choose white rice with a curry for example.

I find brown rice more satisfying ie. I don't feel like I need something else to eat after a couple of hours, it has a completely different taste to white rice, the problem I had when I first started to use it was that I couldn't cook it without it ending up in sticky mess, didn't look very appetising at all !!! But fortunately the internet came to the rescue and that is not now a problem, I always end up with lovely looking brown rice to serve- 'Cooking Brown Rice'

Nutritional  Value per 100g of cooked rice.

Calories 130 111

WHITE RICE                                                 BROWN RICE

Vitamin A 0% Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Calcium 1%
Iron 1% Iron 2%  
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 5% Vitamin B-6 5%
Vitamin B-12 0% Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 3% Magnesium 10%

As you can see there are fewer calories in cooked brown rice,  more Magnesium,  
Potassium,  Dietary Fibre, iron , fat , sodium, and Sugar  but less carbohydrate and slightly less protein.

So at the end of the day it all depends on which diet you are on….

Banana Cake - The Healthier Option

There are lots of recipes on line for banana cake, this one is THE HEALTHY OPTION.

It's quick to make and even better it's not messy.

You only need 10 minutes to mix it and 30 minutes to bake it.


  75 g       Raisins                                               
    1 tsp    Powdered Cinnamon 
150 ml     Boiling Water

175 g       Whole-Wheat Flour
    1 tsp    Baking Powder

200 g       Banana
    1 tsp    Lemon Juice
                Pinch of Salt
125 g       Fat Free/Sugar Free Yogurt 


  1. Pre heat  the oven to 190 degrees C    ( 75  F or 5 Gas )
  2. Prepare 22 cm x 22 cm baking tin.
  3. In a small bowl mix together Raisins, Cinnamon and Water. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl sieve together Flour and Baking powder. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl mash the banana, then add Lemon Juice, Salt and Yogurt. Mix together thoroughly.
  6. Add the Banana mixture to the flour bowl and blend together until all is combined.
  7. Add the raisin mixture to the above and mix well.
  8. Bake for 30 mins.
This recipe can be played around with, any flavour of yogurt can be used plain or fruit.

Morcila - Spanish Sweet Black Pudding -

Photo by heymrleej

Yes, you did read the title correctly, this pudding is sweet, cake like, most people are put off because it looks like the Scottish Black Pudding, which you either love or hate.

I have never made it, it is a speciality and can be purchased at most butchers or local supermarkets in the Canaries and Spain.

Photo by Ardo Beltz de:Benutzer:Ardo Beltz

I  have converted a few of my friends to it, they are at first put off by the look, but once they tried it and realised it was sweet and the white bits were in fact almonds not gristle, in the main they loved it.

Can be served separate as a starter or with the main meat dish, cooks great on the barbecue.

It's one of the dishes that you must try a least once when you are on holiday.