THIS week’s lunch menu has been a VEGETABLE CURRY and BANANA CAKE . You can tell the tried and true recipes among our collection. The page...

THIS week’s lunch menu has been a VEGETABLE CURRY and BANANA CAKE.
You can tell the tried and true recipes among our collection. The pages are stained with ingredients and the recipe is always easy to find.

1 tablespoon oil.
2 chopped onions.
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger.
2 cloves crushed garlic.
2 teaspoons curry powder.
2 teaspoons green curry paste.
1 teaspoon ground cumin.
Two 440ml cans crushed tomatoes.
¼ cup tomato paste.
½ cup sweet fruit chutney.
¼ cup crunchy peanut butter.
440ml can coconut cream.
375g chopped pumpkin.
1 medium carrot, chopped.
125g fresh green beans cut into 4cm lengths.
125g yellow or green squash, chopped.
125g cauliflower florets.
2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped.
310g can butter beans.

Heat oil in a large heavy-based pan. Cook the onions, ginger and garlic over a medium heat for three minutes. Stir in the curry powder, paste and ground cumin and cook for two minutes or until fragrant. Add all the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, covered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with steamed rice. The recipe comes from our copy of FamilyCircle's Favourite Casseroles and One-Pots (Published by Murdoch Books).

125g margarine.
2 very ripe mashed bananas.
¼ teaspoon bicarbonate soda dissolved in 1 tablespoon milk.
¾ sugar.
1¾ cups self-raising flour.
2 eggs.

Cream margarine and sugar. Add eggs, then bananas, then milk and bicarbonate soda, then flour. Cook in a moderate oven (180C) for 45 minutes. Ice when cold. (We used a butter frosting.)
We usually slice and wrap in plastic film and freeze. The frosting freezes well and is even more delicious cold. I say “usually” because we ate this week’s offering over the weekend. It was just toooooo good.

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  1. I have problems with banana bread, usually ends up like a brick, think I tend to over work the mixture. I'm going to give yours a try, I've tried them all so why not?

  2. i make banana bread often as we always end up with brown bananas...your vintage tea cup & saucer is so pretty!!

  3. How awesome are butter beans in curries?! Sounds like a great recipe, will have to try (Wednesdays always seem to end up as curry nights)

    I think my banana cake recipe is exactly the same as yours!

  4. I'm just playing catch up on your blog, as you do on a Friday night when you're as cool and groovy as me ... and now I have the taste for banana cake, at 9.45pm, with not one ripe banana in sight.

  5. thanks 4 curry recipe - sounds yum and easy - will give it a go 2moro! just enjoyed poking around your blog for the first time - will be back!

  6. am blissing out on curry success - put a report up on my blog - thanks again for great recipie!

    am also excited about your overalls - looking forward to some photographic evidence. overalls & jumpsuits are wardrobe staples for me - so practical and i always feel ready for action - like some kind of superhero or bob the builder or someone! and hats off to you for living with FOUR teenagers - i am in awe. at least when they are little you can know where they are and 'control' them. no wonder u gys are into bush walking - stress relief!

  7. am having peanut butter cravings so making a version of this for dinner 2nite! xx (love your cooking posts so a request for some other good fam favs soon to inspire me!)