Since we arrived in the cooler climes of North East Fife, Kazuo and I have spent rather more time indoors than usual. This is partly climate-related, partly due to having to wait for my driving licence renewal (the tediousness of being mildly epileptic and having to rely on the doctor to say it is OK to drive, when I have been safely driving for over 20 years…)
This has probably resulted in Kazuo being a little less tiredy than he should be, and thus a little more reluctant to fall asleep for naps etc (though he still sleeps long enough when he gets there) and it has also resulted in a little more domestic goddessery on my part (though resources in that domain are still a little limited).
Yesterday I baked some of these little darlings:
They are a slight variation on Allyson Gofton’s Fudgy Banana Muffins, I used raw sugar and added tiny white chocolate chips…and the pop and I have gobbled them all up in a couple of days, so you will probably see me searching for bigger trousers soon too!
White Choc Banana Muffins (courtesy of Allyson Gofton)
1 1/2 C Flour
1t Baking Powder
1/2t Baking Soda
3/4C Mashed Banana
1T Golden Syrup (yes! back in the land of golden syrup…)
1t Vanilla Essence
150g Melted Butter
1/4C White Chocolate Chips (smaller the better!)
Sift dry ingredients. Beat bananas, syrup, vanilla and eggs together. Stir into dry ingredients and then fold in cooled melted butter and chocolate chips.
Spoon into paper cases in muffin tray, bake for 15mins (or so) at 220DegC.
Also…I have pretty much been doing a load or three of washing every day since we moved into Newbridge. This is partly cos we are a grubby lot, and partly cos we have left our huge American washer and dryer set behind and are using a traditional British teeny front loading washer and NO dryer. I am feeling environmentally virtuous about the dryer, but it does mean that the cloth nappies are a bit more of a challenge (enter obligatory nappy spraying activity…ugh!).
However, I have been without access to an outdoor line for over ten years now…so you may not begin to appreciate just how MUCH this image makes me happy , but it is a marvellous joy to be able to hang laundry out in the wild wind and find it nearly dry at the end of the day. Shirley Hughes has a lovely poem in her book Out and About that ends… wild white washing waves at the sky/the birds are busy and so am I…and I am so happy to be busy with wild white washing right now!