Donna Hay’s Banana Bread

There is something comforting when baking on a Sunday afternoon, while the sun is setting in the horizon, and after all your house chores have been done and dusted. It’s also usually on a Sunday when Mr J puts in a request for baked goods – banana bread, apple cinnamon muffins or simple scones. I would often share his cravings and would happily oblige, and half an hour later, voila. Freshly baked goodies out of the oven, in to our mouths, washed down by a nice cup of tea.

This is my go-to banana bread recipe, because it’s simple, easy to bake, and just utterly delicious. I also like the fact that it’s a fuss free recipe with maximum impact. No need for any fancy gadgets, or hard to get ingredients. Just straight forward ripe bananas, waiting to be turned into something magical.

What are your Sundays like?


Donna Hay’s Banana Bread
Recipe from here

3 – 4 large, very ripe bananas, mashed
125ml olive oil or vegetable oil
3 eggs
260g brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g self raising flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon

  1. Preheat oven to 160 deg C. Prepare your loaf tin.
  2. In a bowl, combine the mashed bananas, oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the flour and cinnamon to the bowl. Mix together but do not over mix.
  4. Pour onto prepared tin and bake for 50 – 60 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean.
  5. Cool for a few minutes before slicing. Best served toasted with some luscious Pepe Saya butter.

Lunar Markets, Pyrmont Bay Park – NSW Food & Wine Festival

Being half Chinese, I grew up celebrating Chinese New Year the Filipino-Chinese way: eating lots of tikoy, seeing the relatives, and getting lots of red packets.

Chinese New Year in Sydney is one of the most colourful, lively and fun times in my events calendar. This year, I was fortunate to have been invited by the Festival ladies with a few other bloggers to check out the newest event in the Festival calendar: Lunar Markets at no less than Pyrmont Bay Park (my ‘hood!). Armed with an empty stomach and a dumpling craving, Mr J and I marched to the park and immersed ourselves in familiar scents of Chinese fair with a side of Filipino Hoy Pinoy bbqs. Just follow the smoke (and the red everything).

PS. Have you been to Sky Terrace at The Star? No? You should. I live in Pyrmont, but was still awestrucked by the lovely rooftop bar with Bridge and harbour views. We celebrated the launch here with a few drinks and nibblies while soaking up the lovely summer sunset.

Thanks to Liquid Ideas and NSW Food & Wine Festival for the invitation and the fun and filling market afternoon. Trish & Mr J dined as guests.

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The money tree at The Star area of the markets – red packets with chocolate coins!


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Gyoza from Zagyoza and Korean Tacos from Poklol


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Gyozas from Zagyoza. Ever heard of chicken teriyaki, pumpkin feta, black bean and ocean catch flavoured gyozas – with a splash of soy and sriracha? Yum!


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Korean bbq pork and beef tacos from Poklol


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Phumplings! Dumplings in an aromatic pho stock from Bar Pho – so delicious and refreshing at the same time!


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I’m biased. This was what I was looking forward to. Follow the smoke…


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Keep following that nice, charcoal, sweet and spicy smoke…


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…to Hoy Pinoy’s Inihaw na Manok (chicken bbq – soy) and Inihaw na Baboy (pork bbq – banana ketchup).


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To me, this is home. All those summer nights playing outside the house, sweat dripping down your face, while snacking on these skewer babies and drinking ice cold softdrink. LOVE.


Can we adopt Hoy Pinoy from Melbourne to Sydney please? Please? PLEASE?


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Fried chicken gua baos from Bao Stop Sydney. The fried chicken to bao proportion is insane… insanely good!


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Braised pork belly gua baos from Bao Stop


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Peking duck gua bao from Bao Stop


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Chilli soft shell crab with golden fried bao from Spanthai


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Sweet potato balls from Pasar Malam


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Nyonya lollipops from Pasar Malam. My love affair with Malaysia food keeps getting better. This is my kind of lollipops… deep fried chicken. Period.


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Lunar Markets

Pyrmont Bay Park

12 – 22 February 2015

Mon – Wed: 5pm-9pm
Thurs-Fri: 5pm-10pm
Sat:- 4pm-10pm
Sun: 4pm-9pm

Stall map and list: click here