Fun in the Kitchen!

It's been a busy week here but I'm glad to report that baby Ella is all better and her Bumpa is back in the kitchen doing some recreational cooking today.  Sort of taking the day off from all the normal chores and duties of life and just cooking whatever grabs my attention.  I used to make my focaccia bread every few weeks, but it's been months since I've made it and I've missed it terribly.  So last night I made some starter and this morning I got the dough put together.  This is a really wet dough which makes it rather challenging to work with, but that's what gives it that iconic focaccia texture with lots of holes and great flavor and texture.  

The dough has risen and doubled in size, so I'm just going to cut it in half and stash half in the freezer.  I'll thaw that bit and bake it another day.  The other half is going in the fridge to sit for an hour or so until I'm ready to form my loaf.

Alrighty then, I've got my dough all ready for the oven...

And then how about some banana cake...

There were lots of ripe bananas in the basket this morning, so into a cake they went.  My scrumptious Ginger Banana Cake, to be exact.  As you might remember from the blog post, this is baked in a cast iron pan which gives it that crispy exterior.  Soooo good!!

This is one of our very favorite snacking cakes.  It's super moist with such awesome flavors. I like to just sprinkle it with powdered sugar and call it good.  Great for breakfast too!

Time to go see what other trouble I can scrub up in here...