Sunday, September 27, 2009

Banana Bread & Book Club

Well it has been a beautiful Spring day here in Perth. Took the kids to the park, cooked some banana bread and had the ladies over for Book Club at 3pm for afternoon tea and discuss the novel we had last read.
The Banana Bread was yummy and the first time I had made it. The recipe was on the back of the loaf tin I bought. Hear it is if you fancy a go:


100g Self Raising Flour
50g Unsalted butter melted and cooled
75g Brown Sugar
50g Sultanas
12g Walnuts
1 Whole Egg
225g Mashed Ripe Bananas

Preheat over to 180C/356F/Gas Mark 4
Put all the dry ingredients into a bowl
Mix the butter, egg and bananas till combined then pour into the dry ingredients
Mix well to full combine all ingredients.
Place mixture into the loaf tin and then into the over for approximately 30Min's.

EASY PEASY!!! (This is probably the best picture I have taken of my food. I think natural light is the key! If your a bit of a photo buff reading this you are probably going 'Der?' by I am learning slowly but surely - any tips on photographing food will be greatly appreciated!)

Us Book Club girls have been meaning to get together for a while but what with life and kids we couldn't tee up a time. Anyway The book we discussed was

'The Slap' by Christos Tsiolkas.

Description: "At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the event."

I picked this book for book club thinking it would make a great discussion piece. Unfortunately we all thought the characters were horrible and so couldn't empathise with any of them. Also there is quite a lot of bad language which I personally don't mind but it felt like the author wanted to be crude just for the sake of it.

So onto to our next book which is 'Jasper Jones' by Craig Silvey who is a West Australian and lives in Fremantle.

Description: "Late on a hot summer night in the tail end of 1965, Charlie Bucktin, a precocious and bookish boy of thirteen, is startled by an urgent knock on the window of his sleep-out. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in the regional mining town of Corrigan. Rebellious, mixed-race and solitary, Jasper is a distant figure of danger and intrigue for Charlie. So when Jasper begs for his help, Charlie eagerly steals into the night by his side, terribly afraid but desperate to impress.Jasper takes him through town and to his secret glade in the bush, and it's here that Charlie bears witness to Jasper's horrible discovery. With his secret like a brick in his belly, Charlie is pushed and pulled by a town closing in on itself in fear and suspicion as he locks horns with his tempestuous mother; falls nervously in love and battles to keep a lid on his zealous best friend, Jeffrey Lu. And in vainly attempting to restore the parts that have been shaken loose, Charlie learns to discern the truth from the myth, and why white lies creep like a curse. In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart."

We are also coinciding this with a book club excursion to hear Craig Silvey talk about his latest novel ‘Jasper Jones’ at the Perth International Writers Festival on November 5 so I am pretty excited about that! I love hearing authors speak about their books. It gives such a new insight into the book. So can't wait to get started on reading it. Check back late in the month for my review!


Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Sounds like a good book and the banana bread sounds yummy!

S3XinthePantry said...

just read online about a guy slapping a kid outside a shopping center in the US (also not his own kid)

Thanks for the reminder to make some banana bread. YUM!

The Grown-Up Child said...

Thanks for the recipe! Looking forward to hearing about the book. I absolutely love hearing authors discuss their work as well. There's something so intimate about it.

Angela said...

Okay, I'm sold! I'll being trying both the book and the recipe! Thanks for both!

Happy blogging!
Angela from Angela's Soliloquy


Alicia said...

Yummy recipe. Thanks.

Your book club sounds like fun. :-)

Lacey said...

Awesome. It's great to know what people are reading on the other side of the world:)


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