First day back at school today for the start of a new school year, and ok, I'll admit that even though I skipped all the way home after dropping them off, I did kind of miss my two little shadows..
I spent a blissful morning crocheting in preparation for the first class I am teaching next week. I want to be able to take along lots of different styles of work to try and inspire people, and make my new students love crochet as much as I do. I still find it hard to get my head around sitting idly crocheting during the day, it seems outrageously decadent as it is usually a hobby I do in the evenings when the little peeps are sleeping, but today I ignored the dirty, untidy house and sat at the kitchen table (feels less slobbish than the sofa for times like this) working away - bliss!
I did pause at lunch time to go for a run around the forest, and then made a banana loaf to feed the hungry boys on their return from school.
After years of trial and error, this is probably my idea of a perfect banana loaf recipe - moist, but crunchy on the outside. I used the recipe in the Humming Bird bakery cookbook where you whisk together sugar, eggs and the bananas to make almost a mousse and then add flour, ginger and cinnamon followed by melted butter - really easy to whip up. I added toasted hazelnut piece for the topping and needless to say there is about a quarter of a loaf left!
Speaking of baking - did anyone watch the 'Great British bake-off' last night on TV? It was interesting to see all the different interpretations on 'signature' cakes, and got me thinking about what mine would be, could be a future blog post....