23 February

Banana Bread Day

Banana Calling

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Banana Calling

Welcome to National Banana Bread Day, the one day of the year when we can celebrate this delicious and versatile bread made from the humble banana.

Banana bread was the baked good that got us through the pandemic lockdown. Baking was a soothing and comforting activity that helped distract us from the chaos of the world around us. We all became amateur bakers, and banana bread was at the forefront of our baking obsession.

Who knew that a simple fruit could bring so much joy? Sure, bananas are great on their own, but mash them up, add some flour, sugar, and butter, and you've got yourself a sweet and satisfying loaf that is perfect for breakfast, snacking, or even dessert. And banana bread, in particular, is easy to make. It doesn't require any fancy ingredients and is a great way to use up those overripe bananas that are languishing on your kitchen counter. Plus, it's the perfect comfort food.

And let's not forget the endless variations of banana bread out there. You can add chocolate chips, nuts, or even swirl in some peanut butter or Nutella. The possibilities are endless, and that's part of what makes banana bread so great.

If you're like most people, you probably have a favourite banana bread recipe. Maybe it's your grandmother's recipe, or a vegan version that you found on Pinterest. Whatever it is, today is the day to bake it and share it with your friends and family. But, be warned, banana bread is addictive. You may end up eating the whole loaf by yourself.

So in the name of moderation, we won't be going bananas. We'll be having just the one slice, alongside a Banana Calling, a short, sharp cocktail that's better described as a banana and fino sherry gin sour. Cheers!

Dick Turpin was unmasked on this day

Dick Turpin, like Ned Kelly or Bonnie & Clyde, is one of those folk heroes whose bio doesn't quite live up to his rep. He's famous as a lone highwayman, holding up coaches with the heroic message "Stand and deliver!", and for an epic ride across England.

In fact, he started his career as a cattle rustler, then a smuggler, and it was someone else who achieved that epic ride. Failing at these endeavours, Turpin joined a gang that robbed country houses, often torturing and sometimes raping their victims. After that was broken up, he assisted a highwayman - only to shoot his mentor while attempting to break him out of police custody.

Turpin was finally captured when, living under the name John Palmer, he threatened to kill his landlord in a dispute over a rooster. This day in 1739, his old schoolteacher unmasked him as Dick Turpin - not long after, a pot-boiling biography created the gallant myth. We're marking today with a drink created by a different Dick, Dick Bradsell, the ever-drinkable Bramble. Enjoy!

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