Boys, baking and bananas

Some say that sex only started in the 1960s.  This is obviously not true.  And some say that faddy eating only started with the arrival of McDonalds.  Not true either.  I was that faddy eater as a child, and so was my Dad in the 1930s.   So I guess I deserve to have children who are picky too.   And boy did I get faddy eaters.  Oh I started them off well: as smallies they drank only water and ate raisins as snacks, but somewhere it all started to go wrong and now I usually find myself cooking four separate variations on the same meal - did I mention that I am fussy too?  Luckily I have a lovely kitchen with a very energetic dishwasher.  
Today they often prefer takeaways and processed food to my home cooking - which really isn't that bad.  Perhaps if they make it, they'll eat it?  So I'm trying to get them to help, and I think baking is the way to start: cooking with chocolate is a lot more exciting than cooking with chicken.  Yes, I know the sun was shining all Easter, but it's easier to get aspie boy into the kitchen than out to the park.  
Yesterday we made fairy cakes for Angel, and Smiley held the recipe book.

Then CD wanted scones, so we made them together.
Last Friday we made chocolate brownies before breakfast as we were due to meet my bloggy friend Jazzygal to introduce her son to mine, as we had a rough idea that they just might get on well.  And so they did.

Thursday was the highlight for CD, when we made banana bread, which is his number one favourite thing to eat right now, and a teeny bit healthy perhaps?  In fact he was so cheerful afterwards that his big sister was able to do an extra long training session with him, part of the programme to tackle his anxiety.

And here's the recipe - who knows, it might make your kids happy too :)

Banana bread


285g/10oz plain flour 

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp salt

110g/4oz butter, plus extra for greasing

225g/8oz caster sugar

2 free-range eggs

4 ripe bananas, mashed 

85ml/3fl oz buttermilk 

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation method

1) Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. 
2) Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.
3) In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
4) Add the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well. Fold in the flour mixture. 
5) Grease a 20cm x 12.5cm/8in x 5in loaf tin and pour the cake mixture into the tin.
6) Transfer to the oven and bake for about an hour, or until well-risen and golden-brown. 
7) Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving.
8) Eat and enjoy :)


  1. Oooooh that banana bread looks delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I think I need to bake this afternoon with F.

    p.s. I'm so SO glad that you met up with Jazzy and the boys really got on.


  2. Yum, you've been busy in the kitchen! And I'm soooo happy the kids got along, that trip sounded like a blast!

  3. I am very impressed with that banana bread....yummy. Good for you getting them into the kitchen :)

  4. Mmmm....Banana Bread...yummy! Must try that here, as you know I'm trying the same tactics of getting him to help:-)

    We had a wonderful day last Thursday. Thank you so much for coming all the way over to see us :-)WiiBoy can't wait to see CD again!

    xx Jazzy

  5. @SAHMlovingit - I've met Jazzy before, but not Wiiboy, but because of the blog, I felt like I'd known him for ages!

    @Lizbeth - thank you, we had a great time.

    @lyndylou - me too, it's about the fourth recipe we tried as well..

    @jazzygal - it really was the best day of the holidays and CD is already pestering me to arrange a return invitation xx

  6. That Banana bread looks yum! Glad you all had a great time meeting up xx

  7. Cooking! Warms this ol' OT's heart!

    Outstanding! Barbara

  8. I think: if they bake it they will eat it, is a fantastic motto. However, if they bake it, will they clean it up too?...see, that's where I get stuck :)

  9. @mum in meltdown - it really was, we made our second one yesterday xx

    @TherExtras - Oh good :)

    @Sandra - yep the cleaning up bit I've still to sort out :) Thanks for following btw

  10. My kids are horrid picky eaters...but so am I. Yes-when they were little they ate more variety..but now...they have very small menus from which they will eat. Like you, I am happy for my dishwasher and kitchen. The sad thing is-my husband is a very talented chef...but for know-the kids aren't impressed. :)

  11. @kathleen - I really hope your husband sometimes cooks for you: I'd love to be eating adult food again :)