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Recipe for delicious Rum and Brown Sugar Baked Bananas

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Ingredients: (serves 8)

16 large bananas

8 tablespoons orange or lemon juice

8 tablespoons rum

6oz butter or coconut oil

6oz brown sugar

Cinnamon for sprinkling
Grated ginger


1. Skin the bananas and halve lengthways, laying them on a baking dish or in individual oven-proof dishes as we have used here

2. Cover with the juice and rum

3. Cube the butter and distribute evenly over the fruit. We added a little grated ginger.

4. Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top

5. Cover and bake for 10 minutes in a hot oven until sweet, sticky and tantalizing.

6. Uncover and keep warm until demanded.

Serve with love. And pancakes.

Delicious, spicy recipe for Mango Chutney

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1. Put on a dark overall as mango juice will stain cotton and spoil white cloth forever.

Sterilise the chutney jars:


2. Wash 10 jam jars and their lids. Make sure they are sparkling clean. Line up the jars, add a teaspoon to each one and add boiled water. Let stand for two minutes. Discard water and place jars on their sides in the bottom oven. Ideally this should be at a temperature of 212ยบ Fahrenheit to sterilize them. Take great care, as if the range is too hot the jars will crack. Once the jars have been at this temperature for 10 minutes, turn the oven off, and leave them in the oven to slowly cool.

3. Boil the lids and a metal funnel with a broad neck. If you do not do this the chutney will go mouldy, which is unpleasant.

Make the chutney:

First open the kitchen windows or they will steam up. Making chutney is hot work.

1. Skin and slice eight mangos, placing chunks in a large bowl. The pip and peel can be given to your chickens. Slices need to be the siz…

Quick easy recipe for cheese and courgette souffle

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First ensure you have a nice hot oven and a clock to hand.Spread the gratings of a courgette over a plate and sprinkle with sea salt. Find four small dishes. These must be ones designed not to break in a hot oven. Take a little oil and use clean fingers to make this cover the inside of the dishes thinly. Not too much.Place a metal grater on a plate and grate a cupful of hard cheese.Find another plate and grate a cup of stale bread breadcrumbs. This is a good way of using bread that has gone hard but take care not to avoid any green mouldy bits. It doesn’t matter if the crumbs mix with the cheese a bit.Separate 3 fresh hens’ eggs. Take care to do this one by one in case you encounter a fertilized egg as you cannot cook with such a thing. Ensure no pieces of eggshell get in the opened egg.Beat the whites of the eggs in a copper bowl until they make little mountain peaks.You can use the same implement to aerate the yokes in a different bowl. Do not try this the other way around. No yoke m…

How to make delicious Rustic Pumpkin-seed Bread

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This delicious, moist, aromatic Pumkin-seed Bread recipe is dairy-free and made using coconut oil for moisture and flavour.

1. Sieve 17oz of strong white bread flour into a bowl, and add 1 tablespoon of sugar, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/3 cup of pumpkin seeds

2. Add a teaspoon of yeast to 1 and ¼ cups lukewarm water (test the temperature with a clean finger to make sure it isn’t too hot) and leave it until little bubbles show on the surface

3. Add 2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil to the water

4. Pour the water, oil and yeast mixture into the flour and mix with a spoon until a dough forms

5. Knead with your hands until smooth and it doesn’t stick to your fingers (if too sticky, put more flour on your hands and continue) 

6. Place the dough in a bowl greased with coconut oil and let it rise in a warm place covered by a damp tea towel until it doubles in size

7. Punch the dough down with your fist and shape it into a loaf

8. Dust the loaf with …

Winning The Three Rock Writer's Residency

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This proved a fabulous opportunity to concentrate on writing with the only distraction being a local beach bar. It was here that I met an Austrian lady who had worked as a midwife on Zanzibar. She gave me startling insights into life on the island today. Apart from needles, all waste from the hospitals goes directly into the sea.

A Girl Called Redemption

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Sophie won a Three Rock Writer's Residency on the island of Crete to work on 'The Girl Who Got Out of Zanzibar', a sequel to her award-winning novel 'The Man Who Got Out of Japan'. 
Part Two of her African saga is about a girl called Redemption who dreams of becoming a teacher. Although a work of historical fiction, it is linked to the true story of those who lived life to the full in the heady days leading up to the revolution of 1964. 
Redemption gains a job as a cook, learning to whip up exotic dishes for fabulous parties and picnics held under palm trees. Her reputation as a chef proves vital as violence tears paradise apart and Redemption goes in search of the man she loves.