Instead of something from Greggs that leaves the stench of lard on your fingers for hours, I've been doing the wife a bun with something in it, for lunch Then I've started baking a little extra if I'm doing a roast or casserole on the weekend, to make the most of the oven. Here's some good ones, filling and fairly healthy. Banana and date loaf.... 3oz soft margarine 3oz sugar 1 egg 3 bananas (very ripe ) about 12 stoned dates about 10 walnuts (optional ) 8oz plain flour 1 heaped teaspoon baking powder Roughly chop the dates/ nuts. Process the egg, margarine, sugar and banana, then add the flour. Don't add the baking powder unless cooking straight away, add just before putting in the oven. Put in a greased baking tin and cook for 30- 40 minutes in a 160c oven until just starting to brown, and the top feels firm. Lovely on it's own or with butter, it's quite heavy so you don't need a huge slice. West- Indian style bread pudding. 8oz bread with crusts removed Half pint milk 2oz melted butter 3 oz dark brown sugar 1 tsp gravy browning (it's dark brown caramel, not Bisto ) 1 heaped tsp mixed spice 1 beaten egg 6oz sultanas (even better, soak in sherry or port for an hour, first, just enough to cover, in a mug) 6 drops of vanilla essence Mix the bread and milk, leave in a bowl to soak for 30 minutes, then add everything else, stir well and decant into a greased 9in tin. Start to check it after 30 minutes at 150c, take out and cool when the top feels firm. Lovely hot with custard or cream, great as a cold snack. Carrot cake 3 eggs, beaten 6oz dark brown sugar Just under 6 oz (160 gms) corn/ sunflower oil 5oz grated carrots 4oz sultanas (pre- soaked in sherry or a little brandy etc plumps them out) 1 tsp cinnamon 6 drops vanilla essence Half tsp of nutmeg 6 oz plain flour 1 heaped tsp baking powder 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda Beat together the oil, eggs and sugar, add the carrots, sultanas and spices, then lightly mix in the flour. Pour into a greased 9in tin and bake at 160c for 30 minutes, then keep checking until firm. Cool then turn out, I just have it as it comes, if you want it richer spread on a buttercream topping.