It’s not exactly on the scale of Grand Designs, but we’re currently planning a few changes here at chez Kitchenmaid and as a result, my office (aka the room of doom) is piled high with cookbooks destined for new homes. At least, I think they’re destined for new homes. I’m so horribly sentimental about some of them that I can’t bear to think of them languishing in op shops, unloved or (worse) discovered by the people that gave them to me to start with.
In the meantime, I negotiate my way past a pile of them every time I go to my desk. When ‘100 Dishes For Two’ fell on my toe yesterday, I decided it was fate. I was going to choose a recipe from it for this month’s Random Recipe challenge, then find it a new home. I think it was a joke present when we got married, along with ‘Cosmopolitan’s Guide For Living Together (Married Or Not)’, which I have recently regifted to a newly shacked-up friend. I was thinking I could regift ‘100 Dishes’ to her two, but on reflection I think this is the only decent recipe in it. Love may be blind, but it still has a sense of taste.
Yoghurt Banana Fool
This is very simple and surprisingly delicious. It also makes an excellent treat for breakfast, not least because you can pull it out of the fridge with a ‘here’s one I prepared earlier’ flourish. Quantities below serve two – well, what would you expect from a book called ‘100 Dishes For Two’? – but can be easily multiplied.
2 small bananas
2 Tbsp caster sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
25g roasted almonds, finely chopped
4 pieces of crystallised ginger, finely chopped
150g Greek yoghurt
3 squares of dark chocolate, finely chopped
Mash the bananas, caster sugar and lemon juice together in a small pot. Bring to the boil over gentle heat, then simmer, stirring often, for 10 minutes, until the bananas are caramelised. Set aside to cool. Fold in the nuts, ginger and yoghurt, then divide between two stemmed glasses. Sprinkle the chocolate over the top and chill for at least 30 minutes, until ready to serve.
Have a great weekend, everyone x
Simple and delicious desert to enjoy !
I also think this makes a lovely healthy (ish pudding too) x
Now that's what I'd call a sensible and pleasing little recipe. I'm now wondering what's wrong with all the others in the book. As for the guide to living together, I'm wondering if that's similar to the book that a girlfriend of mine had in the 1980s. It said spend some time on a holiday for two first. I'm so grateful to that book. After a week of adventurous walking through peat bogs, I knew it would never work. I wonder where she is now? Probably still in that damn peat bog.
sorry, just catching up after mega-weekend!… now, this looks like superfood to me plus it fell on your foot so it must have been fate surely?… my one tip for peaceful living is to have two double beds… one is for the loving, the other is for lying spreadeagle and being a selfish sleeper… your marriage will last for ever!