Frugal Flowers

I got a bargin yesterday at the supermarket… these gorgeous flowers for a mere £0.23

A lovely splash of colour to brighten up the lounge with all this awful snowy weather we have been having of late.

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Banana Loaf

  • 150g Dried fruit, I used the Berry, Cherry & Sultana’s mix from Asda
  • Rind of 1 Lime
  • 100g Soft unsalted butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 200g self raising flour

Method :-

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C / Gas Mark 3 – bake for 55 mins
  2. Grate the zest of the lime
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in the mixing bowl,
  4. add eggs, and mix well,
  5. then add dried fruit and lime zest,
  6. add mashed bananas & flour.
  7. Place in a 2lb loaf tin and bake for 55 mins

Malted Chocolate Crunch

Malted Chocolate Crunch Recipe.

  • 8oz ~ 225g digestive biscuits magimixed or bashed in a plastic bag with a rolling pin
  • 4oz ~ 100g Butter
  • 3 Large Tablespoons of Golden Syrup
  • 2oz ~ 50g Ovaltine
  • 6-8oz or 175-225g Cooking chocolate

Method :

  1. Line a small swiss roll tin with cling film
  2. Melt butter and syrup, then add ovaltine and biscuits
  3. Pour into tin and flatten
  4. Cool
  5. Melt cooking chocolate in bowl over boiling water or microwave
  6. Spread chocolate evenly over mixture, I like to sprinkle choc chips and white chocolate mice on the top of mine.
  7. Allow to cool
  8. Pull out crunch, take off cling film and cut into squares.

A Blue Moon for Hogmanay

Once in a Blue Moon … is a common way of saying not very often, but what exactly is a Blue Moon?

A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon to occur in a single calendar month.

The interval between Full Moons is about 29.5 days, whilst the length of an average month is roughly 30.5 days. This makes it very unlikely that any given month will contain two Full Moons, it does sometimes happen tho.

On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century.    So once in a Blue Moon actually means once every two-and-a-half years 🙂