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These are the recipes I'm good at... quick, simple, out of the store-cupboard and onto the plate fare. I never spend more than 30 minutes faffing in the kitchen. So there.

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If you have those 'OMG! It's lunchtime and all I've got is a parsnip and a packet of boil in the bag rice.' moments, then you're a kindred spirit and you know that bad planning is often the mother of great food. So welcome to fast slurpy soups and 'really?' salads made from what's left in the fridge.

Never, ever believe there isn't something wonderful to make from the last 3 ingredients in your kitchen. Unless those ingredients really are fairy liquid, eggshells and dead flies.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

More fun with freezy narnas | Frozen Banana Desert


A few years ago I had a very nasty accident with a hand held blender. I won't bore you with the details but I did get a ride in an ambulance with half the contraption strapped to my arm because the ambos were unable to get the blade off my finger... Oh yes! You read that right.

So roll forward and with a new safer blender in my kitchen battery - I find myself with 3 very ripe bananas that even I balk at eating without a bit of creative upcycling.

I give you - my take on a frozen, creamy narna desert. Or Frocrarna - as we will now all call it. 

Frocrarna: Is very versatile - you can chuck pretty much anything into it. I added cocoa powder and ground sunflower, pumpkin and hemp seeds for extra taste and a healthy booster. 

Here is the basic recipe.

3 very ripe bananas
1 tub of ricotta cheese
1/2 cup frozen berries

Put all the ingredients in a powerful blender/food processor like Optimus Prime* and blend whack the dial up to maximum - froothie the schmoozie out of that Frocrarna! 

No put it into a big tub and stick it in the freezer. You will be taking it out every hour or so to beat the crystals out of it - so make sure you have something to do in the meantime. A watched freezer never freezes. 

After about an hour - take the mixture out and beat it by hand or with a hand held blender - break up the crystals and then return it to the freezer for another hour or so. 

If you do it by hand this will use up enough calories for a double helping. Terrue!

Repeat the freezing and beating for a few goes - it really depends on how smooth you want it and how much you can be bothered to take it in and out of the freezer. I just do it every hour or so until it's tea time.

Additions: You can add PNB for the last whip. DELICIOUS! ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS SHIT?! No friend - I am not - you seriously can add peanut butter or wait! Woah there Nelly = what about Nutella - how'd ya like them hazelnuts?

You can also add some protein powder if you want it to pack a bigger punch - do this at the beginning. If cream is your thing then add cream. Go on! You know you want to.

I was going to make mine with marscapone but I accidentally came home with ricotta. Boom - just use what you've got. I originally made this in Cyrpus years ago with 0% fat yoghurt and it really tasted wonderful. These days I would use full fat Greek Yog - which will taste A-MAZE-ing! 

You can skip the narna altogether - but why would you?

You can add good quality cocoa powder and you wouldn't ruin this at all!

Add nuts, ground almonds, some bashed about pecans - or some finely chopped dried apricots and dates. It really just depends on your diet - and what you like. 

When it's ready - scoop it into your best bowls - it really deserves your love and respect.  OK - it looks revolting - but it is absolutely, without parallel among Frocrarna deserts. I promise!

If you don't scoff it all in one go - then you'll need to take the next lot out a little ahead of time and let it soften in the fridge. Beat it and then serve.

Enjoy your Frocrarna - and remember me in your will.

*Froothie Optimus 9400 - Fast Blender - I call mine Optimus Prime - we're in love.

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