I’ve decided that I’m genetically incapable of following a recipe.
Here’s some things about my mum that support my claim:
Firstly, my dad often complains that she is a great cook, but never cooks anything more than once. It’s not quite true, but she does love to try new recipes, and will often tweak a recipe every time she makes it.
Secondly, she’ll tell you that there isn’t much food for <insert meal time here> and then proceed to pull out one thing after another and present you with an amazing assortment of choices and you eat and eat until you can’t eat anything else. And then she’ll find something else to serve up.
My husband will tell you that my cooking style is similar. I’ll find a recipe and then modify it, because I don’t want to go out and buy all the ingredients it calls for, or there are too many steps or too many appliances required to actually make the recipe in its original form. I like to use what I have on hand. I recently used some frozen peaches to make a slice that called for dried apricots. It was good, but I’ll use more peaches next time, as the fresh (“fresh”) fruit doesn’t pack as much punch as the dried fruit.
Anyway, now that I’ve given away my mum’s cooking secrets, let me tell you about the ewie gooey bananas.
Beanie is funny with bananas. Some weeks he will eat one or two a day (if I let him). He chows down on them. Talbot will eat them if she sees Beanie eating them, otherwise she’s not that interested. Other weeks I buy tons of bananas and they sit there all week until they go brown. That was this week. So I had a bunch of brown bananas, including one really almost black and gooey gross banana.
The first thing I made is called a Banana Blondie, and you can get the original recipe here. It’s one of Beanie’s current favourites, and I modified it, of course. First of all a rectangular brownie tin works just fine. Secondly, I only had half a cup of brown sugar, so it’s half and half sugar, and the icing is just a regular old butter/icing sugar/vanilla icing. Still delicious. And finally, I mixed it by hand because my mix-master is heavy and my back is tired of holding a baby on the inside and a toddler on the outside.
The second thing I made – which will go in the freezer once it has cooled – is a banana bread. I’ll share that recipe soon. It’s a nice one from some book or other that belongs to my sister which I photocopied many years ago and again have modified. FYI, it also works REALLY well with pumpkin. Like it’s awesome, and award-winning (self-awarded). I’ll share it soon, but it’s delicious. In the meantime, I highly recommend giving the blondies a go.
Does anyone have any great banana recipes they like to use when they’ve got ewie gooey bananas hanging around? I’d love to hear your suggestions!