Friday, 23 April 2010

Caribbean Banana Rum Cake

75 Banana Rum Cake 2010-04-21

53 Banana Rum Cake 2010-04-21

As far as places to be stranded go, I think Barbados has to be one of the best. We were due to fly back to England last weekend, but Iceland's volcano interrupted that plan. So here we are, for a few more precious, unexpected days. What to do? I am cooking, and taking photographs - with the pure delight in the vibrant colours and vivid flavours, and the inspiration that this beautiful island provides.



We had lots of bananas getting riper, plenty of gorgeous amber Barbados sugar, and rum. Of course rum. Musing on these ingredients at sunset, I decided to get up early next morning - before the heat of the day - to bake some Banana Cake. So the sun and I got up together and I set about making our breakfast.


Here is my recipe - Banana Rum Cake. It is roughly measured as I don't have exact equipment here, but the recipe is very forgiving.

1 block of butter, 250g
1 and half cups of sugar
5 small eggs
a quarter cup of dark rum
one tablespoon of vanilla extract
4-7 bananas, depending on their size (I used 7 quite small ones)
4 cups of self raising flour

Heat oven to 180 degrees centigrade. Lightly butter and dust with flour three loaf tins. Cream together the sugar and butter, by hand or with a mixer. Add the eggs, rum and vanilla and beat well for a few minutes. Add the bananas, roughly mashed, and mix well together. Gently stir in the flour. Divide into three loaf tins. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

60 Banana Rum Cake 2010-04-21

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Barbados for Easter


We are back in Barbados for a lovely long Easter visit. After a seemingly endless, chilly winter in England we were longing for the warmth and beauty of this beautiful little island. So wonderful also to catch up with old friends and family. Easter is a great time to be here with plenty of time for long lazy beach parties, egg hunts for the children, and the traditional kite flying fun. The colours in the Caribbean never fail to delight and startle me with their vibrancy. It's like the intensity of life is turned up a few notches.
Barbados flowers

Easter Sunday began with an Easter egg hunt. It's great to search around the mango and banana trees.


I've been doing some cooking here but not found much time to photograph the dishes - will post some recipes next time. I love the peppers, seasonings and limes.

Then we set off with a group of friends - families in convoy - for an island road trip and beach picnic. Can there be a nicer way to celebrate Easter?

The older generations teach the little ones the tricks of flying kites.



Chocolate is extra melty and messy in this climate!


End of the day. Beautiful Barbados - so happy to be here.