Saturday, 23 November 2013

National Cashew Day

So today is national Cashew day!!
(how very exciting!)
The Cashew is originally from Brazil but now is loved around the world. To honour this very special day I thought I would share a recipe that includes cashews.  

Banana and Cashew cream Pie

  • Crust:
  • 1 cup chopped unsalted macadamia or cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • .
  • Custard Filling:
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • .
  • 1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped macadamia or cashew nuts


Prehat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Prepare the crust: Combine the
macadamia nuts, coconut, and brown sugar in a medium-size bowl. Beat the egg white until stiff, and gently fold it into the nut mixture.

Press the mixture evenly into an 8-inch pie plate, making sure the sides are thickish (the crust will shrink while baking). Bake until the crust is lightly browned, 7 minutes.

Remove the pie plate from the oven and let it cool on a rack. (The crust will tighten as it cools.)

Prepare the custard: Beat the egg yolks in a heavy medium-size saucepan. Add the cornstarch and sugar, and mix well. Then stir in the milk, salt, and butter.

Cook the egg mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it is bubbling and thick, 5 to 7 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the
vanilla. Transfer the mixture to a glass bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

Whip the cream with an electric mixer until it forms stiff peaks. Fold the whipped cream into the chilled custard.

Peel and slice 1 of the
bananas, and arrange it evenly on the bottom of the reserved crust. Spoon the filling into the crust, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for another 2 hours.

When you are ready to serve the pie, sprinkle the chopped nuts evenly over the top. Then peel and slice the remaining banana, and arrange the slices in a circle on top of the pie, with a few slices placed decoratively in the center. Serve immediately.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings
EM  x

Saturday, 9 November 2013


Earlier this year (July to be precise) I went to Longleat safari park. Visiting longleat has been on my to do list since I moved to the south west 7 years ago. My fiancé (Jon) took me and some friends to longleat for a birthday treat and I was very excited. It was however a very hot day and so the animals were not quite as excited as i was :(
we started the day quite early and the drive there was lovely, Longleat have beautiful grounds so if your not into animals it is defiantly still worth a visit just to see the house and lovely gardens.
 ( The lovely view driving into longleat)

The first thing we went to see was the giraffes. I thought I would be quite scared of them as I am generally afraid of large animals but they were so gentle and cheeky that I was fine. there was a baby giraffe there who kept coming up and getting visitors into trouble for stroking him. I was amazed at how big their eyes are and how long their lashes are absolutely beautiful. 
There were other animals around this area such as small monkeys and tortoises. there were funny looking birds that I think are partridges, they were walking around in little groups and looked so funny I think they were one of my favourite things all day ( how sad ) 

The safari has lots of different animals along the route. After giraffes there were Zebras ( which are pony size rather than horse size - I didn't know this!!), flamingos and tapirs. you then enter a sort of reserve ( I think its the game reserve but I may be wrong) there were some deer but not many. Rhinos who were bathing themselves in mud - very amusing and camels. The Camels were the best part of this section as they were messing about, they were rubbing their humps on and in peoples car and sometimes attempting to sit on the bonnets - very very funny.
we skipped the monkeys as we had heard how naughty they are. Longleat have attached the bits of cars that the cheeky monkeys have managed to pull off to the sign before you enter. it looks like a car cemetery. we went straight on to feed the deer. as it was only July we got to see some very young deer that looked just like Bambi and it was very cute however it was the adults that came to feed. you are only allowed to feed the deer with the food provided ( it cost around £1 per cup) it was the best experience of the day!! the deer get right up in your car and they take the food right from your hand. their lips are so soft and they will even let you have a photo or a little stroke as long as you still have food in your hand. the trouble is getting their heads out of the car when they are done. Watch out for the antlers. 
the rest of the safari section is filled with more dangerous animals such as Elephants, Tigers and wolves. unfortunately it was so hot that all of these animals were sleeping :(
In all I had a great day there and would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a day out
Em x

Awake at sleep time :/

Hi all
So I'm lay here now at 3am in my nice warm bed wondering why I cannot sleep. It always seems to be the times that I have to be up early that I have trouble sleeping and believe me when I say I do not have trouble staying asleep in the mornings. 

Here's my problem my fiancĂ© is marching tomorrow for Remembrance Sunday as he does every year and I have promised I will show my support by standing out in the cold for 2 and a half hours. It will almost certainly rain and now thanks to my lack of sleep I will certainly be grumpy. This year is the first year that my little bro has taken part (he joined boys brigade) my little brother will be marching and so I really should try to be my best. 

I have tried counting sheep -fail
I tried reading a book - fail (my book was too gripping)
I have tried lying with my eyes closed -fail 
So I thought a little rant might release some energy and help me drift off :/ worth a shot

Anyway good night all

Em x