This week on Friday Feast I have a special guest – Australian author and all round gorgeous girl, Rachael Johns. Rachael’s first book, ONE PERFECT NIGHT, releases from Carina Press December 19th, just in time for Christmas. Trust me, you’ll want this under your tree. Have a read of this blurb!



Peppa Grant’s fellow employees may call their new CEO Mr. McSexy, but she’s also heard that he’s aloof and distant. Cameron McCormac certainly seems cold toward Christmas when she meets him at the company’s annual party…but he’s also the sexiest man Peppa has ever seen. And when he offers to forgive the damage she accidentally caused to his expensive car in exchange for accompanying him to his family’s holiday get-together, she agrees.

Cameron needs a date to the family party to get his matchmaking relatives off his back. Their chemistry is instant and undeniable, leading to an incredible one-night stand. But Peppa wants love and family, while Cameron’s only interested in temporary pleasure. When their relationship takes an unexpectedly serious turn, will he run the other way—or will he give love a second chance?


Now, Rach promised me something deliciously naughty for this week’s Friday Feast and she hasn’t let me down. Her recipe sounds as moreish as that blurb.

Take it away, Rach….

It’s no secret in our house that I have a sweet tooth. When it comes to chocolate, I’m a connoisseur. When it comes to cake, I’m an expert. When it comes to cooking, I’m a dessert chef all the way.  And I’m also big on the comfort. Sure I wouldn’t turn my nose up at a hearty lasagne or a caeser salad but I’m much more likely to orgasm over a big slice of hot apple pie with ice-cream or a large piece of carrot cake (with extra cream cheese icing, thank you very much).

So when Cathryn asked me to share a recipe for her fabulous Friday Feast , there was NEVER any question that I’d share something sweet, the question was which one of a plethora of favourite cakes would it be.  But it would also have to be something that was quick and easy!! As a busy mum, business owner and writer, time is very limited in my world. Nowadays when I cook I want to whip up something quick and also something that the kids can help with so they get a bit of quality mum time.

So today I’m bringing an absolute favourite recipe from my boylets and me. It isn’t Masterchef worthy but it’s fabulous, home-cooking worthy. And your taste-buds will love you if you make it. As will any heroes in your life no doubt J On the virtual menu is Banana Cake with Choc-Chips!! The Choc-Chips are important. I added them once to an old favourite Banana Bread recipe and I have NEVER looked back.




  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 medium bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups SR flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 60g butter
  • As many choc-chips as you feel like throwing in – dark, white, milk or a combo of all three for extra specialness.


Peel and mash bananas; put into bowl of electric mixer. Add sugar, sifted flour (although I confess I’ve never bothered with the sifting bit), lightly-beaten eggs, softened butter and milk.  Beat on low speed until combined, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes (does anyone actually time these things?). Throw in the choc chips and mix with a wooden spoon.

Turn mixture into greased 23cm x 12cm loaf tin which has the base lined with paper. Bake in a slow oven for approximately 1 ¾ hours or until cooked when tested.  LICK THE BOWL!!! Cool in the tin 10 minutes before turning out on wire rack to complete cooling.

This cake is fabulous cake straight from the oven (well almost) and it also keeps for days in the fridge. It can be heated up and served with cream or ice-cream or just eaten on its own. Definitely no icing required.

*Groan* That sounds (and looks) so yum, and how cute are your boys! I think you can guess what’s on the morning tea agenda in the Hein household next week. Thanks, Rach.


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