This Weekend: Baking and Beach Cleans

06 February 2021

It has been a busy week at OSA and we are looking forward to a slightly sunnier February weekend (although there have been suggestions that we may get some snow!).

There are some great events taking place this weekend, whether you are looking to get out and clear away the cobwebs, or if you are hoping to enjoy some time in the kitchen.


Baking with Luce - Making Doughnuts

A cooking course from home? Doughnuts? Yes please!

Luce is running a bake-along to teach you how to make doughnuts this Saturday. Our MD Sophie and her daughter joined in on the chocolate cookie course earlier in the week and can report that they were delicious.

Luce’s event is completely free, and because the doughnuts will need proving is split into a morning and afternoon session.

If you want to join in you will need:

  • 240ml milk
  • 1 tbsp dried yeast
  • 65g sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 86g butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (if you have it)
  • 490g plain flour
  • Plus oil for deep frying


  • 240g icing sugar
  • 80ml milk
  • splash of vanilla

To join in visit:


Beach Clean Up

The Clean Earth Trust is encouraging Islanders to help do some good whilst out for their 2 hours of exercise. Next weekend (12th-14th Feb) will be the Big Channel Islands Beach Clean – but there is no harm in getting ahead!

They have discussed with the States and advise that we pick up those bits of trash that have washed up on the shore, wearing gloves or using a litter picker. Safety first!

If you would like to get involved visit:


Recipe of the week

Banana Flapjacks

This week’s recipe comes from our Temp Consultant Alice, who made these yummy flapjacks last week. She used this recipe from Jo’s Kitchen Larder:


  • 250g oats
  • 200g ripe bananas, peeled
  • 70g unsalted butter / dairy free spread if vegan
  • 3 tbsp honey / agave syrup if vegan
  • 50g pitted dates – if you don’t have these, increase the amount of banana to 300g for sweetness
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


1. Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas Mark 3. Line your baking tin with some baking paper overlaping on two sides for easy flapjacks removal later.

2. Put the dates in a small bowl and cover them with few tablespoons of freshly boiled water. Let them soak and soften for 5 minutes or so.

3. Put the butter and honey in a pan and melt together stirring over gentle heat. Set the mix aside.

4. Blend the bananas together with the soaked dates (including water) until smooth. You can use a stick blender or a food processor or simply mash bananas with a fork and chop your dates really finely with a knife.

5. Add the oats into the melted butter and honey and follow with the dates, banana and cinnamon (if using), stir well to combine.

6. Put the mixture into prepared baking tin and smooth it over with the back of a spoon.

7. Gently mark 16 portions with the back of the knife and place one banana slice on each square (optional).

8. Bake in your preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown.

9. Cool and enjoy!