Joy Joy Joy.

Date and walnut loaf is one of my favourite things to cook. If I had a picture of date and walnut loaf, I would place it here for you to perve on. Unfortunately, I do not. I apologise. Sitting here drinking a cup of tea and eating a chocolate biscuit and thinking of things that make me happy. Bella makes me happy – she’s the most beautiful dog of all! Company and friends and laughter make me happy. My heat wheats make me happy … and so do these photos. Hope they make you happy too.


This banana makes me immensely happy

And this promise makes me happy.

This gorgeous place makes me overjoyed.

And these feet make me beyond happy. Honestly, they look like happy feet, do they not?

Would like to share my famous date and walnut loaf recipe with you:

Date and Walnut Loaf

– 1 cup of chopped dates

– 1 cup brown sugar

– 1 cup water

– 2 cups wholemeal self-raising flour

– 1 cup mashed ripe banana or apple puree

– 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

– 1/2 teaspoon bi-carbonate soda

– 10 or so glazed cherries, quarted.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease a 14 cm x 21 cm loaf pan. Combine dates, sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Cook stirring 2 minutes or until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium and bring to boil. Remove from heat. Add flour, apple, nuts and bi-carb. Stir until combined. Spoon into tin, smooth surface. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and stand for 5 minutes before turning onto wire rack. Serve with honey or marg – delicious toasted in the coming days!

These things make me happy. And it’s delightful finding some enjoyment in life that doesn’t come from how much the scales tell me I weigh.

What makes you happy?

B xxxx

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