Stress & a banana bread recipe

What do you do when you’re fed up?

i think, baking with your brother is probably a good idea, it did make us feel more productive, but both of us, recently out of education, spending all day every day applying to work, going to interviews, waiting for call backs from interviews, its slowly killing our spirit! – so we made banana bread with Almonds, Brasil nuts, and honey (recipe below)

I had a very positive job interview and the waiting for the call is actually changing my memory of how i remember the interview going. i’m that insecure!

The reality of having to move somewhere far away, possibly out of the country, in order to make a decent life for myself is dawning on me.

Since i have left University i haven’t left my parents house.

The highlight of my day is my Mum coming home from work to tell me about her day and then, of course,  going back to bed.

I haven’t the energy or the self esteem to keep my makeup on for more than 5 minutes when i return home after an interview, let alone get out of my pajamas all day.

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dartsHoney & Nut Banana Bread Recipe


  • 285g/10oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 110g/4oz butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 225g/8oz caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 85ml/3fl oz buttermilk (or normal milk mixed with 1½ tsp lemon juice or vinegar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Handful of chopped almonds, whole almonds and brasil nuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

  4. Add the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well. Fold in the flour mixture. (we added a handful of chopped almonds to the mixture, and a little extra vanilla extract)

  5. Grease a 20cm x 12.5cm/8in x 5in loaf tin and pour the cake mixture into the tin.

  6. Transfer to the oven and bake for about an hour, or until well-risen and golden-brown.

  7. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

  8. When cooled drizzle honey on the top and add decorate with the nuts

(we used a bread tin instead of a cake tin)

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