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Delicious and Easy banana bread recipe.

4oz unsalted butter plus extra for greasing
5 small overripe bananas
3oz dried pineapple
6oz self raising flour
2oz self raising wholemeal flour
1 tap baking powder
Pinch of salt
4oz caster sugar
2 large free range eggs
2oz chopped walnuts  (optional)

*Preheat the oven to 180°c and lightly grease your loaf tin, line with baking paper.
*Mash up the bananas with a fork and set aside.
*Cut the pineapple into very small pieces. (If it’s very dry, soak in warm water for an hour before hand)
*Sive the flour, baking powder & salt into a mixing bowl. Stir to combine then rub in the butter until it all resembles breadcrumbs.
*Crack the eggs into a small bowl and beat with a fork until yolks and whites are mixed together.
*Pour the beaten eggs into the mixing bowl,  add the sugar, bananas and pineapple and mix together.
*Pour the cake mixture into the prepared loaf tin.
*Make sure it’s all level then sprinkle with walnuts if using them. Another nice option is simply dust the top with a handful of wholemeal flour.
*Cook in the centre of the oven for 50 minutes.
*Remove and cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
*Carefully remove from the tin and serve in delicious slices smothered in butter!!


Recipe: Spicy Pulled Pork in the Crock-Pot slow cooker

I wanted a slow cooker for an absolute age, was utterly convinced I would us it all.the.time! Picked one up, the Crock-Pot original brand, in Tesco one afternoon for €39.99 and stored it very snugly in a kitchen cupboard. For eighteen months! It was kept incidentally, right next to the Kenwood Chef and the Smoothie Maker. Other items not fulfilling their destiny! Anyhow, Christmas 2014 I was buying a few things from M&S online and found a nice little book simple called ‘Easy Slow Cooker’ and I have found my new and the kids new, favorite dinner option… Slow cooked pulled pork! It’s a delicious dream and insanely easy to prepare.

Be warned tho, the 8 hours while this cooks is pure torture, the smell around the house from hour 1 onwards will drive you to hunger dementia!

2 sliced onions
1.5kg/3lb 5 oz boned and rolled pork shoulder
2 tbsp Demerara sugar
2 tbsp  Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp American mustard
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tbsp cider vinegar
salt & pepper
ciabatta rolls etc to serve…

Put the chopped onions in the bottom of the slow cooker and place the pork on top.
Mix the sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, ketchup and vinegar together and pour all over the surface of the pork. Add salt & pepper to taste. Cook for 8 hours on low.
Remove the pork and use two forks to shred.
Skim any excess fat from the juices and stir the juices into the pork. Serve on hot crispy ciabatta bread, yum with fresh rocket leaves or coleslaw.

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