Today, in my local Co-op, I tried pulling one banana from a bunch of four, snapped the ends off all of them and was forced to buy the lot. Then I had to find a recipe for banana bread because they were all going to go black within minutes. I turned to the Be-Ro book. Can't go wrong with that methinks.
|Trusty ol' Be-Ro|
|Recipe which needs no fiddling with|
|Not fine at all and certainly not pale and fluffy|
|Praying the flour will fix it|
I had found a few old dates at the bottom of a bag and thought I may as well dispose of them in the banana bread. You may note from the picture that I DID bother to chop them up. The only reason for this act of non-laziness was that I thought I had better check each one for hidden burrowing creatures.
|Weevil-free dates and lazy bananas|
Finally, for no good reason, I decided to cook the loaf in a Bain Marie. Oh, and change the oven temperature a notch to 160C. But it worked! It took just under 2 hours but was absolutely delicious, especially with lashings of non-rancid butter.
|Shockingly good banana loaf|
A Quick Note on our Local Chinese
We had our wedding reception at Shanghai Restaurant in Brierfield. That was over 4 years ago when Shanghai had a brilliant chef and the place was shiny as a new pin. We used to go all the time and then two years ago, it all went horribly wrong. The food was dreadful, the staff were awful, the place was a dump. It presently has three 'For Sale' signs over the door which does not bode well. But yesterday, with only a haggis in the fridge at home (which no-one wanted) we decided to go back and give it a try. I gave the staff a good grilling to see if they had bucked up their ideas. They assured me that they had a new chef and we would not be disappointed.
Nevertheless, the filthy carpets, greasy tables and lack of working lightbulbs filled us all with fear and we were pretty worried that if we ate the food we could be spending the next day hanging over the loo being very ill. Did that stop us? Strangely, no and we lived to tell the tale. Actually, I can't fault the food we had. It was all standard Chinese fare (Glamorous of Manchester it is not, no chicken feet here) but everything was quite delicious. NOW CHANGE THE CARPETS AND CLEAN THE PLACE UP, SHANGHAI!
|chicken lettuce wrap|
|BBQ Ribs, wontons, salt and pepper wings etc|
|Sweet and sour pork|
|Fried noodles & beansprouts|
|Egg fried rice|
On the door was a 'Food Standards' sticker which did not display the actual rating. I presumed it had been scratched off but I've just checked online and it seems they received a 4 out of 5 which is not bad, considering the carpets.