This is not a cooking blog – just been fun to share our isolation recipes and other things that are keeping us distracted through this unnatural time. My bipolar is still extremely level and although I have had moments of ‘down’ time I think this is due to me missing my family and friends. rather than a bipolar wobble. I am more concerned about becoming hyper than down as I worry about being in a confined space and needing to whizz about.
Today we were up about 8am and had some hot cross buns for breakfast that were kindly donated alongside the bananas and the mango by Food Cycle an incredible organisation who re-purpose food, before it gets to landfill, from local supermarkets. It has been a struggle for us since I had to leave my job over 6 months ago now and go onto ESA. My partner is on Universal Credit in-between art workshops and commissions. The workshops have all stopped and the commissions are few and far during this uncertain time.
Anyhow on a lighter note I decided to have some cooking time today rather than teaching Mick and made for the first time ice cream and mango and banana bread (all vegan).
Mango & Banana Ice Cream –
3 tbs non-dairy milk
Peel the mangoes and the banana and chop into small pieces. Put them on a piece of baking paper on an oven tray and pop in the freezer. I left mine over night.
Put them into a blender with the milk and blend, blend, blend. It took a while and a fair bit of scraping down the sides but once it got going it ended up smooth and creamy.
Pop back in a container in the freezer.
Banana and Mango Bread –
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegan marg.
1 cup egg alternative – I used a small jar of economy apple sauce
2 ripe bananas
1/2 mango cubed
1 tbsp plant based milk
1 tsp ground cinnamon ( I bashed a small stick up in a pestle and mortar)
2 cups of self raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 160C.
Put baking paper in loaf tin or I expect greasing a loaf tin would be fine also.
Cream sugar and marg.
Add egg alternative and stir.
In a separate bowl mash bananas and add this, the vanilla extract, the plant based milk and the mango into the marg. mixture and stir well.
Add the dry ingredients and stir.
Bake for 1 hour.
Check out www.foodcycle.org.uk they are awesome.