Banana Bread Cake

Making Banana Bread is simple. Simply add bananas to the bread recipe when cooking in the oven or the bread maker.

Here is a different that uses a Bundt Pan and Nutella for a chocolate flavour.

You can also make small bread rolls with the same recipe, or make muffins.

Bundt Pan Cakes


  • 2 Boxes Pillsbury or your Favorite Banana Quick Bread Mix
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Oil
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 cup of reserved batter after mixing ingredients above
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Powdered Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2+ tsp Water or Milk adjusted to your desired consistency


Add the first four ingredients together in a nice size bowl probably whatever you mix your usual cake batter in will be perfect. No hand mixer needed at all, the batter comes together really nicely. Mix until batter is smooth and all ingredients are completely blended.

Scoop off about 1 cup of the batter and set aside, then pour the mixing bowl of batter into a VERY WELL GREASED OR SPRAYED WITH NON-STICK COOKING SPRAY bundt pan.

Now take the cup of batter you set aside and start adding Nutella to it. I heated my nutella a little bit at a time in the microwave to make it easier to work with. Use more nutella if you like it very chocolate and mix the two ingredients thoroughly. The batter is now dark, rich and chocolate looking.

Drop tablespoons of the Nutella Cake Batter onto the top of the batter in the bundt pan. I chose to do about four different spots of the chocolate mix and once that is dropped into the batter you can take a butter knife and reach into the circle of chocolate and swirl it around a little. A little down so it will go through the depth of the cake. A little to the left, a little to the right, well you get the idea. I didn’t want it to all be chocolate I wanted to see the swirls so I kept the swirls kind of small.

Place the bundt pan in the pre-heated oven at 400 degrees and bake for about 40 minutes depending on your oven.

After baking, let the cake cool a little, turn bundt pan over and release the cake onto a large enough plate or tray.

Add your glaze as much or little as you like it.

Delicious served still warm from the oven or all cooled off!


Thai Styled Lettuce Cups

To make the larb

1 small brown onion, peeled and roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 stick lemongrass, white part only, finely chopped
6 kaffir lime leaves, centre vein discarded, thinly sliced
2cm piece ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp peanut oil
750g pork mince
200g green prawn meat, roughly chopped
2 red chillies, remove seeds and slice finely
¼ cup lime juice
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tbsp thinly sliced mint leaves
4 green onions, thinly sliced diagonally
banana leaves for serving
150g bean sprouts
½ cup chopped unsalted cashews or peanuts
1  chilli, thinly sliced
1 baby cos lettuce, rinsed, leaves separated
lime halves to serve


To make larb, place onion, garlic, lemongrass, lime leaves and ginger in a food processor and process until it forms a paste. Heat oil in a large, non-stick frypan or wok. Cook paste for 1 minute until fragrant. Add mince, breaking up with your spatula into small pieces as it cooks and browns for 5–7 minutes. Add prawn and chilli, stirring for 3–4 minutes until prawn is cooked. Remove from heat and add lime juice, fish sauce, sesame oil and mint and stir through. Arrange banana leaves in the centre of a large serving board. Place small piles of bean sprouts, cashews, chilli and cos leaves around edge of board. Spoon larb into the centre of banana leaves and sprinkle with green onion. Serve immediately with lime halves

Roast Lamb with Baked Vegetables

  • 11/2kg leg lamb
  • 6 small potatoes, (600g) peeled and halved
  • 3 carrots, (300g)
  • 600g pumpkin, (600g)
  • Mixed herbs or fresh herbs with garlic granules and 2 teaspoons flour


  • Preheat oven to 200°C
  • Place lamb and vegetables into roasting bag. Add Recipe Base and close bag using included tie. Gently rotate bag to coat evenly.
  • Place on an oven tray in a single layer. Pierce top of bag 4-5 times with a skewer to vent.
  • Cook on centre rack of oven for 1 ¼ hour or until cooked through.
  • Remove from oven, rest in bag for 15 minutes before serving.

If  you do not wish to bake the lamb in a cooking  bag, simply place the seasoned lamb…rubbed with herbs and a pan or on the shelf above a pan to catch the drippings and bake for 2-3 hours in a medium oven until done to taste.

Test by inserting a skewer until no blood comes out, or use a roasting Temperature which is easier.

I then place the vegetables in the pan catching the dripping for the last hour of cooking, turning them after 30 minutes

This lamb roast is dredged with a tandoori mixture and delicious

Use the left over lamb in sandwiches or serve cold with salad the next day


I am now living in a house without a traditional stove or oven, and I also cooked on the Birdsville Track without an oven.

The answer here is the Convectional oven. here you place the meat with the vegetables around the meat all at the same level on the low tray and bake until they are ready when tested


Potato Bakes

Potato galettes

There are so many variations you can make with potatoes that simply serving boiled or mashed potato every day is so basic.

Here par boiled potatoes are sliced and arranged in piles painted with melted butter sprinkled with sage, oregano, cumin, parsley, garlic salt/granules/crushed garlic…in fact any spice or condiment or herb…placed in muffin trays, paper cups, paper circles, baking tray…and simply baked until golden or even heated through if the potato is already cooked.

You can use raw potato slices but this needs to be baked longer..30 mins to 45 mins depending on size

Do the same using mashed potato to which herbs and butter are added.

Serve as a side dish


Serve as a Vegetarian Dinner with a side salad

Orange Chicken

A simple and delicious recipe for Orange Chicken

1 pound chicken thighs, cut into strips
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sake
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 cup potato starch
oil for frying

for orange sauce
2/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup marmalade
2 teaspoons potato starch (halve if using cornstarch)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Make the marinade and have thick enough to coat the chicken

Dip chicken cut into bite sized pieces into the  mixture and deep fry until golden

Serve with the sauce over steamed rice with salad

Yes, it is that easy…

A beautiful vegan meal

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pcurry2We will start by letting everyone know that this is a vegan dish. We will also let everyone know (in case all the bacon posts didn’t give it away) that this is not a vegan, or even vegetarian, food blog. But we are mostly agnostic here at the farm, if we see a recipe that looks good we are going to make or adapt it. And in this case we saw a Sunset Magazine recipe combining squash or pumpkin, coconut and curry. As we like squash and curry dishes (see here), we figured we would tweak the recipe. It only occurred to us after making the dish that it was vegan. But since we never knows who is coming to dinner, we may as well have a few vegan recipes at the ready.

pcurry5pcurry7pcurry8And, to be fair, we would make this dish any time. The sweet and hearty squash…

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This looks wonderful…guinea pig barbecue

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A bit more about comida típica. After a visit to the equator in Quito, Ecuador some friends and I decided to go enjoy a local delicacy- cuy.  When I was a boy, we had a guinea pig named George who I loved and never look upon as food but in Ecuador they are loved differently and  named “Dinner”. IMAG2166

Fiambre’s, the restaurant, famous for guinea pig has been visited by the likes of   anthony_bourdain

Anthony Bourdain  IMAG2165

and Julio Iglesias.

With such an incredible reputation I had little doubt of the deliciousness of the rodent that awaited me.

The cuy was accompanied by potatoes and avocado (very typical sides here).


The meat was tender and delicious, particularly the legs. I know, they leave the head on, it’s a bit over the top.

As much as I enjoyed the juicy little pig I don’t think I will add it to my…

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