I have this thing with Beach huts // Exploring South West England, with Holiday Cottages

cool bananas, cool bananas blog, beach huts, holiday cottages, devon, cornwall Just over a week ago, I hotfooted it across the UK (with my co-pilot Kate), to the rolling countryside of Devon. We were staying in a luxe converted dairy barn, near the town of Bradworthy, thanks to HolidayCottages.co.uk. Despite being smack bang in the middle of no-where (you’re talking to a gal who has a 24 hrs tesco’s, 2 minutes down the road), we were only a stone’s throw from a gorgeous beach. Summerleaze Beach, in Bude (which is in fact, North Cornwall, if anyone wants to be a smarty pants about it!) had the sweetest collection of vibrant, cute-as-a-button, beach huts that I ever did see. View Post

Autumnal Baking // Gluten Free – Oat Free- Guilt Free Apple Crumble

cool bananas, cool bananas blog, gluten free, gluten free crumble, gluten free desertWell HAI there, how y’all doing? It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here & I’m feeling all out of practice. I’ve dipped into a little bit of a funk recently, so I decided to dust the cobwebs off by making a deeelish gluten free delight.

I’ve never really been much of a sweet toothed chick, I’d choose some kind of savoury snack over desert any day. But there’s something about the autumnal transition, with the outside temperature dropping, leaving the air with a certain crispness to it, & when the days start to get darker & shorter, that finds me longing for a warming & gooey treat, like a delicious apple crumble.

Despite the huge advances in readily available gluten free products over the last 10 years, I still find where cakes or deserts are concerned, a lot is still left to be desired. Unless that is, you particularly enjoy eating something that’s dry as the Saharan desert & about as tasty as cardboard? (I kid you not!) View Post

When Your Best Friend Is Having A Baby // My Baby Shower Gifts……

cool bananas, cool bananas blog, burts bees, the bright company, cool bananas, cool bananas blog, baby shower giftsThere are certain milestones in life, which will stop you in your tracks & are guaranteed to make you well up with tears (of joy). Like when your bezzie of 30 years (Yes, I’ve known H THAT long, since we were babies) gets married. & When that same friend announces her pregnancy? Well, I could have burst with happiness. I’ll even admit, unashamedly, I was a blubbering mess just the other week as I was chatting to & stroking her bump, that’s totally normal, right?!

I suppose the best way to describe our friendship, is it’s more like a sisterly connection: At times, we’re polar opposites, we don’t live in & out of each others pockets, in fact, weeks or a month can go by without much contact sometimes (we can blame that on ‘life’), but we always pick up where we left off. & I know that wherever life takes us both, we will always be there to support one & another at the drop of a hat. View Post

Gluten Free Dining // YO! SuShi, Bromley

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Surely, everyone has heard of YO! SuShi? (Unless of course you’ve been living in the Outer Hebrides, perhaps?) Since launching in the UK back in 1997, this brand has captivated the public & developed a loyal (somewhat cult) following, it’s easy to see why: They’re a quirky, fun brand, offering super quick & healthy fast food, in the form of sushi. The concept? Delivering food to your seat via a conveyor belt.

Quite often you’ll find a YO! SuShi located in what at first appears like a bit of a random place: Smack bang in the middle of a shopping mall. But, if like Mr. B & myself, you enjoy participating in a spot of people watching, this presents the ultimate entertainment: observing the world pass by. Nestled into a booth, you don’t feel over exposed as you may expect to in such an open environment, but relaxed & at ease, ready to enjoy the dining experience. View Post

Life lately // The Past, Present & Future.

neon lights, life lately, southbank centreI started the year wanting to create a little series of posts as a regular feature. Summing up our adventures periodically, to capture all the shenanigans in Cool Bananas HQ. A bit like a diary entry I suppose.

I wouldn’t say that I’ve failed miserably at this task, but perhaps my expectations on time limitations weren’t considered appropriately when I had my light bulb moment, as it appears I add to this ‘series’ every 2 months, & since the last one is dated back in July….YUP you guessed it, here are the latest happenin’s from around these parts. A little catch up, if you will.

SO, how the devil are you all? It’s insane to think that summer has been & gone, September has arrived & in just 3 months it’ll be Christmas. I know it’s something we all say far too often, but seriously, WHERE HAS TIME GONE?! View Post