Banana in Coconut Milk

I am one of those people who hates chucking out leftovers so I decided to make this Thai dessert using what was left of the coconut milk from my last dish, Thai Curry Cottage Pie.

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Recipe:

Leftover coconut milk (approx 100ml)
1 banana
1 tbsp granulated sugar
A pinch of salt

Banana coco

Method:

Chop the banana in to large chunks.

Add the coconut milk to a saucepan and warm on a low heat.

Add the banana, sugar and salt.

Stir and simmer until the coconut milk begins to bubble.

Leave to cool for a minute or two and enjoy!

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Wyevale Sanders Half Term Baking

During this Spring Half Term, Andy, Annabelle, Heath and I were invited to Wyevale Sanders to make some yummy treats at the Little Bug Bakery. We made some squashed fly biscuits, decorated creepy crawly cupcakes and enjoyed a picnic lunch afterwards. We attended one of the many events running throughout their Wildlife Week, which also included creating pollination stations and pine cone feeders.

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Being an outdoorsy family, our children love to explore the environment around us but on some days, like this particularly wet one, if we can’t be with nature, we like to teach the children about the little creatures that share our surroundings.

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Although, that being said, I think it was actually Andy who had the most fun creating little lady birds and red roses. He was at least on topic, as I on the other hand, went completely off the beaten track and made err… a dog cupcake! OK, my excuse is that I’m not a baker and have little skill as a cake decorator. I’m more of a cook.

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So Andy and Belle got their hands dirty mixing up the flour and margarine and made these beautiful heart shaped squashed fly biscuits (see pictures below). Annabelle had a lot of fun combining the ingredients and the team leader was particularly helpful when her mixture didn’t combine! Heath and I had the opposite problem and our mixture was too sticky. Once again, the team leader swooped in and she and Andy managed to salvage my mess and make a few extra yummy biscuits.

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The day was great fun for the whole family. As adults, we exercised our creative bones by helping our little ones and the children had particular enjoyment sampling their creations. Despite being a slightly fussy eater, Annabelle tried everything she made. She doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth and rarely likes cakes, biscuits and chocolates. I have noticed however that she is more willing to eat something she has made and so I am particularly glad that we attended the Little Bug Bakery to introduce her to a wider variety of foods and treats.

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It can be a bit of a struggle sometimes to find ways to entertain the children during Half Term. Often wet weather means a chaotic room full of kids at soft play and most groups with creative activities are closed for the break. This made me appreciative of the invitation to Wyevale Sanders as it is perfect for our family. The morning activities wore out the children and they both napped in the car on the way home.

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If you fancy seeing what activities are happening during Wildlife Week or coming up soon at a Wyevale Garden Centre near you then click on the links. *This is not a sponsored post. We were invited to attend the sessions in exchange for an honest review (and it is clear from the pictures that we had a wonderful morning at the garden centre). Bx