Baked Bananas & Big Decisions

Living in London is a double edged sword. On the one hand we have access to some of the best theatre, museums, eateries etc. in the world (the shopping ain’t too bad either and the architecture is fairly spectacular), and on the other it’s damned stressful and has the ability to suck the very life out of your veins.

We’ve just arrived back from a brief but much needed visit to Northern France where my in-laws currently live (in the most adorable cottage with acres of land – idyllic to say the least) and even though we’ve only just returned we can already feel that oh so familiar tension creeping back in.

Thankfully we’ve chosen to live outside of the chaos that is central London in the pretty lovely Borough of Greenwich, which means we don’t feel like we’re totally in the thick of it – although our work commitments do mean we need to use the tube and brave the crowds every morning. Not my favourite way to spend my time to say the least.

However, now that we have the opportunity to move back to our beloved Cornwall due to a work opportunity that has arisen in Falmouth for my Husband, I find myself in a quandary. London is better for my line of work but I know that city life no longer makes me happy, so what do we do?

I’ve already been trawling property sites looking for that perfect rental property and if I’m totally honest with myself I’ve mentally moved there already. Being in France just reminded us what we want out of life – and it isn’t a high powered career in the City….isn’t it funny how your priorities change? I came to London at eighteen full of ambition (much of which I’ve fulfilled I’m glad to say) and now I can’t wait to get away from it all and lead a simpler life in the country.

What you’ll need….

3 large ripe bananas

2 tbsp brown sugar

¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

½ tsp ground cinnamon

2 large shots of dark rum

Juice of 1 clementine

Juice of half lime

2 tbsp date syrup

  What to do….

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Slice the bananas, place them in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Lightly toss so they are coated all over and bake in oven for ten minutes.

Meanwhile whisk together the rum, clementine juice, lime juice and date syrup. Pour over the bananas and bake for a further 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven when the sauce is bubbling and the bananas have browned.

Allow the bananas to cool for ten minutes – by this stage they will be perfectly warm. Alternatively, let them cool completely and refrigerate.

To serve, add a generous helping of (vegan) squirty cream and freshly grated nutmeg. The perfect boozy pudding.

I keep telling myself I can write/style anywhere – it’s all about making my own opportunities – and yet I can’t help but feel like I’ll be doing myself an injustice by bowing out of the big smoke at such a crucial time in my career ….I can almost touch that elusive magazine/newspaper position I’ve been working towards with my fingertips but I’m forced to ask myself, do I even want it?

If I could maintain some sort of professional existence in Cornwall (freelancing for publications would be ideal) whilst having the lifestyle we both crave so much I would jump at the chance and yet I worry I’m committing career suicide by leaving the rat race behind. Part of me wants to believe I can have my cake and eat it but there’s a niggling little doubt that creeps in every time I think I’ve made up my mind. I need input on this one, what would you do?

4 responses to “Baked Bananas & Big Decisions”

  1. Oh my goodness, this is such a tough one, mainly because it’s SUCH a personal decision. Either way you will be giving something up, which one would you regret the most looking back upon? You’ve been “speaking” about both Cornwall and your career dreams for as long as I’ve been reading your blog…and I assume before that as well, whatever will make you happiest in the long run will be the best decision, my husband was offered a high paying position by a skateboard distribution company, he accepted the position which he had been working so hard towards, and once he had it he was so stressed out about the work and the fact that he never saw me and the kids, so he left and is now an assistant manager at a surf/skate shop…not where he wants to be, but for the time being it (somewhat) pays the bills and we get to spend all of our free time together as a family, no paycheck is ever worth your happiness, even if you thought the job was what you always wanted. However, sometimes you have to make that wrong decision (which ever that might be) to be able to know for a fact that you aren’t missing out on anything. Sorry, I know this comment was of no help :/

    Ok, completely different subject…those bananas look and sound AMAZING, but my husband and I don’t drink, would the 15-20 min of baking in the rum cook out all of the alcohol, or do you have another suggestion? (would also like it to be kid friendly 🙂


  2. peasoupeats says:

    It is a difficult decision and thanks so much for your input – it actually does help! I think we’ve made our mind up – we’ve weighed up our options and are probably going to make the move to Cornwall. I must say we are pretty excited. It’s not 100% yet but it’s almost a given. Will keep you posted:)

    With regards to the rum, I’m not sure about whether it will cook out all the alcohol but you could simply leave it out and add a little more citrus?

  3. Simona says:

    This is so interesting. I’ve been stuck in a decision quite similar to yours and I really know how hard it can be. What I’ve learned and what also really irritates me is that what ever you will do, it’s a choice. Even if you decide to wait and leave the question to later, that is also a choice. You can’t simply do everything you would like to, you have to choose. I know it sounds simple but it really isn’t.

    Well, I think you should do what makes you truly happy. First of all you maybe need to look over your priorities. We usually think that we know them but if we truly ponder the subject you quite often realize that they have changed. Just as you explained that you guys felt after France. It’s important to leave what you think others will think out from your decision.

    Hope that helps somewhat. Been thinking about the subject for a while and I can’t say that I am any wiser and maybe this is not helping you but I wish you guys all the luck! Hope you find a decision that suits you both!



  4. Awww Baked Bananas. I really am blown away with your photography. Anybody that can make cooked bananas look like that is talented. Keep up the great blog and even better photos

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