Banana Bread Ice-cream

Okay, confession time.  I’m not the biggest ice-cream fan. Don’t get me wrong, I like it – a lot – it’s just that cakes and doughnuts own my dessert heart, and when I do go for ice cream I’m boring and predictable and always pick mint chocolate chip. But, I like making it. It’s easier than you’d think, you don’t need an ice-cream machine and once you get the hang of it you can really play around and experiment with weird and wonderful flavours! Like banana bread flavour 🙂

Banana Bread Ice-cream

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe (but not spotty!) bananas
  • 1 slice of toasted brown bread 
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 150 ml double cream
  • 284 ml full fat milk
  • (Handful of chopped walnuts to serve)
  1. Whisk the cream and milk together until combined.
  2. Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until you get a smooth mixture.
  3. Pour the mix into a freezer proof container and then freeze, making sure to remove and stir thoroughly every 2 hours until completely frozen.
  4. Remove from the freezer for twenty minutes before serving, or pop the tub in the microwave for 30 seconds to loosen the mix.
  5. Serve in waffle cones with chopped walnuts. Yum! 🙂

Watermelon, Spinach and Halloumi Salad

It has to be said, I’m not a huge fan of salad.  I used to either leave it or just pick out all the cucumbers (…I still do that…), it’s only recently that I’ve started forcing myself to eat it more.  But here’s a salad I actually like and actually enjoy eating 🙂  It’s so easy; just spinach, lettuce, grilled cubes of halloumi and then a few cubes of fresh watermelon with balsamic vinegar.  A perfect barbecue salad 🙂

What’s your favourite salad?

Rainbow Run

Our Saturday shenanigans this week involved the beach, bacon, Barry Island and a lot of bright paint 🙂  We took Bungle down to Jackson Bay for his first swim and then stumbled on the Ty Hafan Rainbow Run when we walked around the corner to Whitmore Bay.  I’m so gutted I missed out – I saw the posters for it last year and told myself I’d definitely do it next time and then totally forgot about it!  Next year, eh?









I went down onto the beach to take a few pictures of the runners getting painted, then shuffled off to our favourite, Bay 5 Coffee for a hot chocolate and a bacon sandwich 🙂


How was your weekend?

Four Bank Holiday Brunches

Has anyone else forgotten what a five day week feels like?  We seem to get so many Bank Holiday weekends around this time of year that four day weeks start to feel pretty normal.  Not that I’m complaining, Bank Holidays mean more time in bed (YES), which more importantly means more time for lazy brunches (OH YES) …usually involving bacon.  Mmmm bacon.  🙂

So here are four brunches I’ve been enjoying during those blissful bank holidays.  Firstly, grilled bacon and bananas on waffles.  If you’ve never tried bacon and bananas together then you’re seriously missing out.  Sounds weird, tastes amazing.

Watermelon is hands down my favourite fruit, and my favourite thing to eat in morning when I get sick of bacon (…which admittedly is almost never).  A tip for picking the best watermelon from the supermarket is to knock it with the back of your knuckle – the hollower the sound, the sweeter the melon.  True, you’ll get a few glares – but it works.

Poached eggs, grilled bacon and waffles.  ‘Nuff said.

And lastly, Huevos Rancheros – which is basically just an excuse to have Mexican for breakfast (or use up any Mexican leftovers!).  It’s easier to make than it looks too.

What’s your go-to bank holiday brunch?  🙂

Porthkerry Park

The weekend before last, we decided to take Bungle on a late night trip in the car for a cheeky KFC (for us not him, he’d just finished his Kibble, Tuna and Egg dinner).  He had his head out of the window the whole way there, through the drive through and back home, and seemed to be loving it… right up until Sunny caught a glimpse in the wing mirror of him throwing up down the side of the car (and probably onto the one behind…).  We didn’t really know how bad it was until we parked up, got out and surveyed the car’s brand new kibble, tuna and egg pebble-dashed back end.  So yeah, Bungle’s allowed out and about now, but taking him in the car is risky.  But, on Sunday the weather was so lovely that we decided to risk it  for a biscuit and drive him to Porthkerry Park in Barry.  🙂




I never realised how massive a place it is.  Tucked off a residential street; the park sprawls right down to the beach with walks splintering off through fields, across streams and into the woods.  It’s made for dogs (and people who love dog watching 🙂 ).  The perfect place to spend a Sunday with a picnic or a barbecue – and there’s so much space there that you’ll never feel cramped out.



We stopped in the cafe for lunch (which is totally dog-friendly) and Bungle made friends with Max the pug…

…And then snogged down a cup of dog friendly frozen yoghurt.

And he managed to keep it down on the drive back.  Phew!