Monthly Archives: July 2012

Banana bread fit for a Coeliac King

Gluten-free banana bread
Adapted from Not Quite Nigella

½ cup quinoa flakes, you could use oats if you didn’t need the bread to be totally gluten-free
1 cup almond meal
½ cup red or brown rice flour
½ cup gluten-free flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons honey
3 medium mashed overripe bananas
1 beaten egg
300ml milk
roughly chopped nuts for on top, I used hazelnuts and pistachios

Slap all ingredients into a bowl and mix until combined. The great thing about gluten-free baking is that you don’t have to worry about over or under working the batter – there isn’t any temperamental gluten to upset!

Pour into a greased and lined loaf tin and sprinkle with nuts. Bake for around 80 minutes at 180C, you may need to cover with foil for the last 20 minutes or so if it is getting too brown and still isn’t cooked through. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before placing on a cooling rack for another 10 minutes before cutting.

You could put nuts into the batter, but I don’t like the texture. Up to you. Enjoy!

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This time, last year

This time, last year, Luke and I were in Paris, at the very beginning of our 11 week adventure that saw us travel (mostly) overland from Paris to Hanoi.

For the next 11 weeks, I’m going to share where we were, what we were seeing and what we were eating this time, last year.

We started in Paris, where climbed the Arc de Triomphe at twilight …

… saw Le Tour steam along the Champs-Elysées …

… and ate nutella crepes.

Stay tuned for next week when we tour the Loire Valley on a small canal boat with my parents!

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Home, James

Well, the fabulous holiday is over. We are all home, the bags unpacked and the washing done. But the t-shirts I had made live on!

After our two lovely, sunny, food and drink filled days at Airlie Beach, the ladies and I got back in the car and sadly headed home. While I found the northern Queensland op shops very disappointing, luckily the country bakeries did not disappoint.

We saw another ‘big thing’ on our way home, the Big Cane Toad. Ick. Luckily we did not see one cane toad during our travels, or I would have screamed. Nothing grosses me out like a cane toad.

After a joyous reunion with Lukey at the airport, we headed home to Melbourne where I proceeded to get sick. Not just sick, but infection in the throat and chest sick. So have spent the last four days dressed in my version of pajamas, and only leaving the house to go to the doctor.

Ugg boots, bonds tights, american apparel mini dress, favourite woollen cardigan owned for years, blue coat. I like to look my best when doctoring.

Many thanks to my gorgeous old (but not old old, you know what I mean) friends for a glorious week. Let’s do it again sometime! But obviously fly up. I don’t need to see the Big Cane Toad again.

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Further up north

Let the road trip begin! Read the first part of my holiday here, and the second part here.


We spent two days in the car, with lots of toilet stops, plenty of catching up, coffee and an ice cream or two.


After finally arriving at Airlie Beach last night, we woke up to this glorious view. It’s going to be a tough few days.


Highlights from the road included the Big Pineapple, the Big Bull, and the Big Bundy Rum.



We plan on reading in the sun, drinking sparkling in the jacuzzi and laying on the beach for the next two days until we have to hit the road south again.


Adventures ahoy!

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Luke + Holly = five


Lukey Luke.

We met some time ago. Before I knew how to fill in my eyebrows and you were very hairy …

We’ve been to many a Meredith together …

We’ve been on a big adventure …

You are a tops big brother to the little sister you never wanted …

I’ve learnt quite a bit about you in the past five years. A quick summary provided below.

Luke likes:
Pasta and pesto (together)
Wine and cider (not together)
Le Tour de France
Video games

Luke doesn’t like:
Soup for dinner
Drum circles
Hippies at drum circles
People borrowing his DVDs
People moving his DVDs out of alphabetical by director order
Harry Potter

I love your playfulness, even if it usually manifests as annoying 12 year old boy teasing. I also love how you think I am the bees knees.

Thanks lover. Happy five year anniversary.

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Up north

So thankful for some sunshine.

Early Friday, Luke and jumped aboard a jet and headed up north to visit the fam.

Sunrise from Melbourne to the Gold Coast.

So far I’ve enjoyed playing with Rex …


Reading Game of Thrones in the sun …


And eating delicious breakfasts …


It’s been sunny and warm here, but I can’t wait to head further north tomorrow morning and explore, relax and catch up with my ladies.

More news from the deep north shortly!

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