I’m 11 days into the renovation of my rental flat and there have been so many ups and downs already. Duncan came for a long weekend and has helped me a great deal but also lifted my spirits immensely as I was getting a bit down about the sheer amount of work that’s still ahead of me and by how difficult it is to find a reasonable contractor in the middle of a pandemic. He is good like that, he sees the light at the end of a tunnel where all I can see is the tunnel itself. I don’t cope with stress so well as I get overwhelmed easily and when I do I lose all faith in my own ability to overcome problems. It feels like they are all competing for attention and my brain seems unable to focus on one at a time.
We finished the living room, did most of the hall and today I spent a 2nd day on the bedroom. Cleaning, sanding, cleaning again and painting the walls. Tomorrow, I crack toxic wood paint open (I bought an oil-based paint by mistake!!) to paint the window frame, skirting boards, inbuilt cupboard and bedroom door. By the time the evening comes, I will be well intoxicated, I imagine. I’m also seeing two contractors tomorrow so that the big project of refurbishing the bathroom can hopefully start soon. That’s by far my biggest blocker so I am really hoping that I will find someone soon.
Recipewise, I made some simple banana peanut bars. I’ve set out to make them completely sugar-free and while I was not sure I was going to like them without any sugar, both Duncan and myself found ourselves to enjoy their subtly savoury taste. As they have no sugar, their texture differs quite a bit from more traditional nut bars that are bound with some form of sugar so please be aware, but I think they are delicious, satisfying and make for a great, healthy snack, so here is the recipe in case you happen to like the sound of these too.
PS: If you make my banana peanut bars, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @lazycatkitchen and use the #lazycatkitchen hashtag. I love seeing your takes on my recipes!
I set out to make these completely sugar-free, but adding some maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener) to the mixture and the topping is a great idea, I would add 30 ml / 2 tbsp of maple syrup (instead of some of the banana) to the mixture and approx. 15 ml / 1 tbsp to the topping.