Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Banana Walnut Bread

Deliciously simple and straightforward banana walnut bread recipe made with butter instead of the usual vegetable oil.

Banana Walnut Bread Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Banana bread and banana muffins have previously been featured on Nomsies Kitchen. You can have a read of all those previous recipes here. It includes my all-time favourite recipe for Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chunks and Hazelnuts. However, I always like trying out new recipes for banana bread or muffins, I just can’t resist.

I have always wondered about the difference in using butter compared to vegetable oil in banana bread. After reading many rather lively debates and articles on the internet, my conclusion is that using vegetable oil produces a lighter, fluffier crumb whereas using butter produces a richer and heavier, albeit more flavourful bread.

Banana Walnut Bread Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

This is actually my first time using butter in a banana bread simply because using butter usually calls for the use of a mixer. If I can get away without using a mixer, I will. I thought now is as good a time as any to get rid of this prejudice of mine which is truly one that is inspired by laziness and give it a go.

End result? Well, I must be consistent and stick with my earlier conclusion. Using butter definitely adds flavour, and when the bread is baking the smell from the mix of banana and butter is indeed heavenly – something that is missing from ones made with vegetable oil. The bread itself is also richer and denser than banana bread made using vegetable oil.

In all fairness, it also was not that difficult to use a mixer here. Just make sure the butter is properly softened first. You might notice that I used 3 teaspoons of Nutella in the recipe, this is purely optional. The reason I added so little was because there was all that I have left in the jar at the time.

Banana Walnut Bread Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Use this recipe if you are looking for a deliciously simple and straightforward banana bread recipe. You will not be disappointed.

Banana Walnut Bread Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Recipe for Banana Walnut Bread
Adapted from Paul Hollywood’s “How to Bake” book
Prep Time: 25 minutes / Baking Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

3 Bananas (roughly mashed)
125gm Butter (softened)
100gm Castor Sugar
120gm Light Brown Sugar
250gm All Purpose Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
2 Eggs
140gm Walnuts (roughly chopped)
3 Tsp Nutella (optional)

Method

1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C. Line a loaf tin with parchment paper.

2. Prepare a large mixing bowl and sift in the flour and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk both sugars together, breaking up any big sugar lumps.

3. Place the bananas and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream until fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl from time to time. Add in the butter and continue mixing until evenly combined. If using Nutella, add it in and mix through. Scrape down the bowl. Add in the vanilla essence and mix on low speed for about 10 seconds.

4. Add in the eggs one at a time, add in a tablespoon of flour with each egg.

5. Now, fold in the remaining flour and baking powder in stages. Finally, add in the walnuts and fold in until evenly combined.

6. Spoon in the mixture into the loaf tin and spread the tops out evenly. Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Once baked, leave to cool in the tin for at least 5 minutes before turning out and leaving to cool completely on a wire rack.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Oat & Pecan Cookies

Awesome cookies packed with oats and pecans, can you stop at one?

Oat and Pecan Cookies | Nomsies Kitchen

Hello you!

Oat and Pecan Cookies | Nomsies Kitchen

It’s January and I hope you are holding tight to your resolutions.

As for me, I am a really rubbish swimmer so I have resolved to learn how to swim properly this year. If I can swim four laps without stopping I will regard that as a success.

Now, pull up a chair and tell me about your resolutions for 2015. If you can’t do that, you just have to leave me some comments. In any event, I only wish you every success for whatever it is you have decided to accomplish.

If you ever need some hand holding just give me a shout.

All together now – yes we can!

Whenever you have an off-day, just have a cookie.

You know what kind of cookie you need, the kind of cookies that go well with a cup of coffee, a good friend and lots of gossip.

Hands up if you want those cookies!

Oat and Pecan Cookies | Nomsies Kitchen

Well, these oat and pecan cookies are just that. I got the recipe from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery book. So if you don’t trust me, you know you can certainly trust Thomas Keller. Simple and straight to the point cookies, if you are into oats and pecans in your cookies, read on for the recipe below.

Oat and Pecan Cookies | Nomsies Kitchen

Monday, 8 December 2014

Italian Baked Chicken

You won’t have any leftovers with this delicious baked chicken with a crunchy herbed breadcrumbs coating. 


Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Let’s talk about chicken today.

It’s cold out and I bet you want something hot for dinner tonight. Something hot that is still easy to make on a weeknight and easy on the pocket.

Hey, Christmas is coming and we all have to save some money right?

Some months back, I came across this heavenly Italian Baked Chicken recipe from Samantha over at Five Heart Home. She has a lovely blog and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t already.

Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

This recipe is absolutely amazing. Truly. You have to trust me here.

As with the recipe I shared previously for Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce, once again, your blender and oven will do most of the work for you! I used chicken thighs as they are extremely cheap and I happen to love them. I also baked them with the skin on for a bit of sinful indulgence. You can always remove the skin if you prefer.

Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

For the breadcrumbs, I had made them previously and had a batch frozen in the freezer. It was as easy as defrosting some for this dish. I have included the recipe for the herbed breadcrumbs here but to be honest, I used approximates and I just used a mixture of fresh herbs that I had on hand. Feel free to add or subtract as you choose. I recommend making a big batch and freezing up the leftovers as I guarantee you will be making this dish again.

Italian Baked Chicken Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce

Give baked salmon an Asian twist with this spicy coriander based sauce.

Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce

Hello everyone!

I feel like I have been missing from my little blog for a very long time. I am so happy to be able to be back blogging today!

Since the last post I am proud to report that I have successfully run my very first marathon at the Berlin Marathon. I am so blessed that everything went well and I had so much fun. It was definitely one of the happiest days of my life. Just pure unbridled joy – it’s difficult to describe. I guess mostly it really is just conquering all my little demons and proving to myself that I could do it. I am now looking ahead to my next Marathon in London in April 2015.


A week after the Berlin Marathon, dear husband and I flew to Malaysia for our wedding. It’s quite funny as we have already been married for 2 years. It’s just that since our adopted home is in the UK, we have never actually gotten round to having our religious and customary wedding rites in Malaysia for our family and friends who are there. Hence, we had a BIG wedding to organise. Let me just say that planning a wedding remotely is no laughing matter. After a year of planning I am glad that it is now all done and dusted.


In a nutshell, life has been a little helter skelter. Now, it seems that my return to normalcy might get shaken up some more because right after we got home after being away for a month in Malaysia – guess what – we are moving from Newcastle to the Midlands. The house hunt is already underway and I just hope that all the relevant timelines we have to juggle will just work out. I am hopeful!

With all this going on, I just feel happy that this little blog if offering some kind of creative outlet for me to de-stress and just do something that I enjoy doing. Since I have been deviating from the main topic, that is, food, let’s get right back on track!

Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce

Today I am sharing a recipe for baked salmon. This salmon dish was really a happy accident. I had a really nice, big fillet of salmon and I knew I wanted to bake it. To give it a little spicy kick, I made my own Asian style spicy paste by blending up a combination of ingredients and flavours that would work together here. For this, I used coriander, chilli, garlic and ginger. After blending, baste your salmon with the paste, wrap in foil and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes. There is hardly any prep time involved nor need you toil over the stove for long extended periods. Let your blender and oven do all the tough work for you!

Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce

Baked Salmon with Spicy Coriander Sauce

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel

Super quick, easy and tasty banana muffins with a hint of cinnamon and topped with almond streusel.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Hello everyone!

I happened to chance upon a fantastic banana muffin recipe and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

This was a chance find on Pinterest. I always find that the best recipes seem to find you instead of you going on an extensive hunt for them. So anyway, you know I love my banana bread and muffins and I have shared my “All- Time Favourite” banana muffin with chocolate chunks and hazelnuts recipe here on Nomsies Kitchen previously.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I do believe that I have now found another recipe to add to the perfect banana muffins recipe list – this super quick, easy and tasty banana muffins topped with almond streusel. It has a touch of cinnamon added in the batter too, I always love the smell of cinnamon in baked goods. I also used a mixture of wholemeal and plain flour here.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Again, with most of my favourite recipes, it is super easy to make and does not require an electric mixer. Just whisk the wet ingredients by hand and add them to the dry ingredients. What a breeze!

Maybe that is not entirely accurate as the almond streusel does require a food processor – to simplify and quicken the process. Like with most of the times when I have used streusel in a recipe, I have always pre-made the streusel in advance. I have mentioned this previously and I am emphasising it again, it is so easy to make in a big batch and freeze in the freezer. It’s even easier if you divide the batch into single portions and bag each portion up. When you need to use it for a recipe, simply take that bag out of the freezer and thaw out in the fridge overnight or on the kitchen counter for a couple of hours before using.

Small forward planning steps in the kitchen go a really long way, as does utilising your freezer to its fullest. If you don’t believe me, just ask Jaime Oliver who has launched a whole new series entitled “Money Saving Meals” and book on how to make budget friendly meals, reduce wastage and utilise your freezer to its full potential.

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

I hope you try this banana muffins recipe for yourself. If you are feeling indulgent, you should know that these muffins taste really good when warmed, halved and slathered with Nutella. I think it would be a good idea to just fill them with Nutella next time I bake them. Happy baking!

Easy & Tasty Banana Muffins with Almond Streusel Recipe from Nomsies Kitchen

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Roasted Green Beans with Panko and Lemon

Nomsies Kitchen Roasted Green Beans with Panko and Lemon Recipe
Lovely vegetarian dish of roasted green beans topped with crisp panko and drizzled with lemon juice.

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

We are in the middle of yet another week and the end of July. How time flies! I am really enjoying and have been making the most of it by going for bike rides and lazy barbecues.

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Today I am going to be sharing a vegetable and vegetarian recipe. I chanced upon this recipe from Oh My Veggies while on my daily Pinterest sprees. This is such a lovely side it is one veggie dish that will have you asking for more.

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

Roasted Green Beans with Panko & Lemon Recipe | Nomsies Kitchen

I like that the green beans are simply roasted. While the beans are roasting away, you fry the Panko with some olive oil and garlic to brown and crisp it up. Once the green beans are done, toss the panko over and finish with some lemon zest and juice. The panko really adds a wonderful crunchy texture to the green beans and the fresh lemon zest and juice just lifts the flavours and makes this one delicious dish. I have not seen green beans disappear off the plate so quickly before!