Banana Chocolate Coins

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Bananas are a very versatile fruit. I think it’s their texture that helps with this. They are also very yummy and sweet. Today I will show you a yummy snack, that is even better if you store them overnight in the freezer.

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Ingredients

  • About 3 medium – large bananas
  • About 200g of chocolate of your choice (milk/dark/white)

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Method
1) First, break up the chocolate and put it in a mixing bowl, place the bowl over a saucepan of water on the hob. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Turn on the heat and bring the water to a boil so that the chocolate starts to melt.

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2) Meanwhile, peel your bananas and slice them into thick coin shapes of about 1 – 2cm thick.

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3) Using a kebab skewer, push one slice of the banana onto the end of it.

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4) By this time your chocolate should be at least part melted. Using a spoon, cover the banana with the melted chocolate, making sure it is covered fully. Note: Once the chocolate in the bowl has melted fully, make sure you remove the bowl from the heat to stop it burning.

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5) Remove the banana slice from the skewer using the spoon and place it onto some baking paper. Spread the back of the spoon over the top of the slice in order to cover the hole left by the skewer. Repeat this until all your ingredients are used up.

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6) Place the baking paper with the banana slices on into the fridge just long enough so that the chocolate can become solid. Once this has happened, you can peel the slices from the paper and then stack them up on top of each other into a container with a lid. Then place this in the freezer for several hours or overnight to allow the banana to become frozen. They are then ready to enjoy!

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Mango, Lime and Coconut Icy Dessert

This experiment started off as a smoothie, but then I wondered what would it be like if I froze it and used it as a dessert.
I blended together a can of coconut milk, 3 mangoes and the juice of 2 limes. I then poured it into a ice cream tub and then put it in the freezer to freeze. It took almost a day to freeze for me. My husband says this is because of the lime juice. When you are ready to eat it, leave it out of the freezer for a bit and then hack off chunks with a spoon to get yummy fruity icy flakes. I think this would make a good recipe for home made ice lollies as it has a similar texture when frozen.

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Purple Rain Nails

I started this design off by using a nude sort of grey/purple shade called ‘Vanilla’ from Barry M’s matte nail paints. I used 2 coats of this on all nails.

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Next I took a large dotting tool and a silver shade. I randomly placed dots on each nail but tried to focus them near the top of the nail. The aim was to have the dots appear like they are falling down the nail in a gradient kind of effect, with the top of the nail containing dots and the tips of the nails being plain.

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Next I took a smaller sized dotting tool and did the same on all nails with the same silver colour.

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Once this was dry I repeated the same previous 2 steps, but with a lilac colour. I overlapped both sizes of the lilac dots over the silver dots I had previously placed.

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Lastly, I repeated the same thing again, but with a darker purple colour. Again I overlapped this over the other dots in places. It’s better to not get carried away with the number of dots you place of each colour.

Banana and Peanut 2 Ingredient Ice Cream

I recently found out that you can use bananas to make a frozen ice cream type dessert which is pretty yummy if you like banana. It won’t replace real ice cream but it is still bananary goodness and is a lot healthier. For this recepie I added some peanuts, but you could add all sorts of things to it.

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Ingredients

  • A bunch of about 6 bananas
  • 100 – 150g of plain peanuts depending on how nutty you prefer it to be.

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Method

  1. Take you bananas, peel them and slice them up.
  2. Put them in a container and put in the freezer for about 4h or until frozen.
  3. Meanwhile put your nuts in a food processor to break them up into smaller pieces. Keep them to one side.
  4. When the banana is frozen, remove it from the freezer and add to the food processor. You can do this in batches if your food processor is small.
  5. Process the banana. You might need to scrape around the sides every now and then to get the bits that get stuck around the sides blended up. Keep processing until the banana becomes creamy in texture.
  6. Put the banana mixture and peanuts into a container like an old ice cream tub. Stir in the peanuts, but do not over stir. Then put it in the freezer until it is frozen.

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Watermelon Slushie

This is another refreshing slushie for a hot summer day, which is very similar to the previous slushie that I posted. Simply take one medium sized watermelon and slice the flesh into cubes. Put them in plastic containers and put in the freezer overnight or until frozen. Then into your smoothie maker fill it with frozen melon cubes up to the max fill line. Add about a tablespoon of honey, as well as the juice of half a large lemon. You will need to add some water in order to get it to blend easily. Start by filling the smoothie maker cup 1/4 of the way with water. Then blend everything together. If you find it is not blending easily then add a little more water and try again as required. Once it is blended there will be more room in the cup and so you can add more cubes of the frozen melon. Blend again and repeat until you have used about half of the melon cubes. To serve I found it easiest to spoon the slushie into tall glasses and then add a thick straw.

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Midnight Glamour Nails

For this week’s design I wanted something that was a mixture of different things. I wanted to use some studs and mix it with a crackle and a glitter texture nail polish.

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I started by painting all nails except for my middle finger in 2 coats of a dark shimmery blue shade.

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On the middle fingers I applied a white colour as a base and then went over this with 2 coats of a white glitter textured nail paint.

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On the ring finger I added a row of gold square shaped studs going down the middle of the nail, and I also placed one of the same studs at an angle on both of the thumb nails.

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On the little fingers I added a shimmery gold crackle nail paint. I forgot how pretty this crackle actually is over the top of dark colours. I think I’ll try and use it again soon.

Pink and Green Bar Nails

I quite like how the colours used in this design went together.

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I started by painting the bottom half of all my nails in 2 coats of a glittery pink shade.

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Next I painted the remaining half near the tip of all my nails in a pastel green/mint shade.

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Once this had had plenty of time to dry, I taped off a section in the middle of each nail with striping tape, which overlapped the line where the 2 base colours met.

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I then filled in this section with a dark green shade and removed the tape before it had chance to dry.