Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Black Bananas

I hate waste, I really do. I think being super poor for periods of my life has taught me that just about everything has a value at some point, and to overlook that or disrespect it is wrong.

Waste food is my ultimate pet hate. Perfectly good food, that can feed people and keep them alive and has taken a huge amount of effort to grow and be harvested and prepared, and all the other million steps it takes........and then it's thrown in a bin. It's a tragedy. Not only is it thrown in a bin, but it has to be replaced because you have to eat something, so you have actually thrown your money into the bin. I try really hard to limit our waste. I try and be meticulous about using things in order, not buying too much and if it's getting on a bit I'll freeze things or do some baking rather than just throw food out if at all possible.When I have to put real food that's gone off into the compost I get the terrible guilt, and I feel like I should sneak out at night with it so that my neighbours don't 'tut' at me

So, armed with 4 black bananas (that I had the guilt about because I knew I'd overbought and they're about 25p each and no-one in my house will eat) I decided to do some baking. Somebody was smiling on me because this morning I saw this Banana Split Muffin Recipe on the A Mummy Too blog.

I knew my cakes wouldn't look as gorgeous and beautiful as hers, but I think they looked pretty darn good.


Of course this is half term, and we couldn't leave it there. I'm sadly lacking in posh piping bags, or an ability to use them, but I can melt chocolate and then add some icing sugar with a degree of skill, and boys no.1, 3 and 4 I left in charge of the rest....


It's a great recipe, they're delicious cakes and there aren't any left. Hopefully this means I wont have to cook more than 1400 pancakes for dessert tonight!


11 comments:

  1. These are wonderful. Thanks very much for sharing - you've made my morning :)

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    1. Oh no, thank YOU, I'm pleased you like my attempt! :D

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  2. Great recipe and post. I hate waste too, my absolute pet hate. I feel ill whenever I throw food away and am always trying to come up with creative ways to use leftovers. Fortunately my husband is something of a dustbin, and soup is often blended from veggies lurking unhappily at the bottom of the fridge. Not as yummy as cupcakes, though!

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    1. Yeah, I tend to eat a lot of 'leftover soup' especially in Winter. Cupcakes are definitely a better way to use things up though! :D

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  3. I really hate waste too. We don't tend to do a big shop for that reason as we forget about things if we buy them in advance and they end up only fit for the compost. The muffins look lovely, shame they have banana in them!

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  4. I found some black bananas in the car - they fell out of the shopping bag and yhen froze overnight! Think the kids will be pleased with this idea for using them ;)

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    1. That's perfect - and the kind of thing that always happens to me! :D

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  5. I have a date and banana cake in the oven as I type for exactly this reason!

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  6. They look lovely! This recipe caught my eye too, we are always ending up with black bananas and the children won't touch them!

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