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Fiona Bird's Banana and Orange Loaf

This recipe for Banana and Orange Loaf comes from Fiona Bird of Stirrin'Stuff.

Stirrin'Stuff is a campaign (based in Scotland but working across the UK) to encourage children in the practical skills of preparing food - aiming for enquiring minds, active skills, discriminating tongues, family bonding and healthy diets.

Fi Bird is a mother of six and a past Masterchef finalist who has always had a passion for cooking. She is self taught with an approach to food based on knowledge of tight budgets and limited time. When, time permits she will complete an MSc in food policy. A member of the Guild of Food Writers, Fi has written extensively - articles, recipes and as a campaigner both for healthier diets and for cookery teaching at Primary schools. Fi and Dr Stephen Bird are the founders of Stirrin'Stuff which works in partnerships, to educate children about food. Stirrin'Stuff is committed to sustainable development and ethical best practice. Fi develops recipes for Tern television and writes for Country Kitchen Magazine, Green Parent, Organiclife and an occasional parenting column in the Scotsman. Fi and her daughter, Lili Bird have a fortnightly mother and daughter food column, in the Aberdeen Press and Journal.

Dr Bird has recently completed a course in human nutrition and Fi, a children's cookery book, to be published by Barefoot Books in September 2008.

Ingredients for Banana and Orange Loaf

225g Self Raising Flour
50g Low fat margarine
2 large Ripe bananas - mashed
1 Egg lightly beaten
50g Golden caster sugar
1 tablespoon Orange juice
Zest of One small orange

How to make Banana and Orange Loaf

  • Rub the margarine into the flour.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  • Place in a greased and floured 1 lb loaf tin.
  • Bake in a moderate oven 190ºC / 375ºF / Gas mark 5 for 45 minutes until golden.

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© Fiona Bird December 2001

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