Monday, 8 March 2010

Waste not....!!!

On Friday I found some very ripe bananas in our fruit bowl.

I didn't want to throw them away so I decided to make some Banana Muffins!!!

I knew that my nephew was coming to me after school because his Daddy was going out: and I thought he would enjoy a muffin and a glass of milk.

I sifted together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large bowl.

I mashed together the bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter.

Then I mixed the wet ingredients into the dry.

Popped it into the muffin cases, and baked it at 180C or 360F for about 20 minutes!!

They came out really well and were very moist and light!!

While I had the oven on I decided to make little Flea (my nickname for my Nephew) his favourite dinner!!

He loves Pasta al Forno!!

To make it cook 250g of your favourite short pasta
I chopped and fried some smoked bacon and mixed it with homemade tomato sauce (we always have it available in the fridge) and the drained pasta. Pour this into an ovenproof dish.

Meanwhile in a jug or bowl heat 1pint of milk with some fresh thyme, a piece of onion, salt, pepper and a pinch of grated nutmeg and allow to infuse for a while.
Strain the milk and use to make a white sauce (I just used some cornflour) but you can make a conventional white sauce with butter and flour if you wish.
Pour the sauce over the pasta in the dish and top with grated cheese.
Bake at 170C or 340F for about 40 minutes or until golden on top.

Serve with a scrummy salad!!

After all that I thought I deserved a little treat!

Well that was our dinner on Friday night!!!

I hope you enjoy it, if you decide to make it!!

Kindest wishes and Love


Florence and Mary said...

Pasta for me - no... but those muffins look delicious!

Victoria x

Mary Poppins said...

Ohooo I am going to make some of those yummy banana muffins, thanks for sharing, lucky nephew I say :0)

Glad you had a little treat, and how pretty it all looked too :0)



Martha's Favorites said...

I love the muffins. They look so yummy! Blessings, Martha

Dragonfly said...

You are such a good Aunt!!!
They look and sound delicious :-)

RosieP said...

It all looks very yummy, Pasta al Forno is one of my favourites, I'm quite partial to a Banana Muffin too. Your newphew is a very lucky boy to have an aunt like you.

Hugs RosieP x

Lisa said...

It all looks scrummy, bet there weren't any leftovers!
Thanks for your kind words about my family woes!
Lisa x4r

....cupcakesandbiscuits said...

You're making me hungry!!!
Oh look it's almost elevenses......

....Petty Witter said...

Yummy, what a great way to use those over-ripe bananas and on such lovely tableware as well.

Lucy Pursglove-Jones said...

Wow. Now I'm hungry! I really must give those Banana Muffins a go. Xx

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling, after reading this post, I'm just a little peckish right now ...I love muffins and the pasta sounds delicious, lucky nephew. Have a marvellous week my friend.

Love & Hugs

Kelly said...

That pasta looks yummy! Brillint way to use up bananas that are past their best! said...

Oh yum, what a lovely spread! suzie. xxx

Hannah VanderHart said...

YUMMY! I loved reading the different spices that went into the pasta al forno...sounds wonderful & aromatic. ;)

YES. To echo others: LUCKY NEPHEW!

Claire@AreWeNearlyThereYet said...

Would you like to have 2 more Nephews? hee hee!

Love C. X

Handmade in Gibraltar said...

Looks delicious, especially with a nice cup of tea in your pretty China.Have a lovely week.
Louise xx

TCake said...

oh yummy banana muffins... how scrummy!
hope they tasted as good as they looked!

Nezzy said...

Oh my, I haven't had lunch yet and now I've got the tummy rumbles. I just wanted to thank you for poppin' over with your sweet comment.

God bless ya'll and have a glorious day!!!

Della said...

Oooh, yummy! I hate bananas but I love banana bread/muffins. :)

LissyLou said...

ooo aren't you good...i often throw away manky bananas....although this post has reminded me of a soft kids biscuit recipe that i have made with overripe bananas!!

Just added the last of the red heart goodies for sale on my blog...please go take a look xx

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Both look delicious .... Hope you enjoyed it and I do hope you will enjoy this new week! xo

Cally's Cottage said...

Gosh your Nephew will really value these wonderful memories you are giving him!It ALL looked delicious..
Warm Wishes,
Cally x

Floss said...

Oh, sounds really good! My blogging friend Ange brought me banana muffins when I was ill, so they are full of nice memories for me.

koralee said...

On of my favourite treats...banana muffines. Now you got me wanting to make a batch..enjoy yours! xoxo

Stella said...

Yiur muffins look yummy with a cup of tea. Will have to try the pasta. Glad you came by and visited.

Cottage Cozy said...

What a fabulous and loving Aunt! I am sure you made him feel so special!
He was "kissed by an angel" for sure!

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Grandma Yellow Hair said...

I wish I were your neic...hahaha
Boy do these muffins look yummy...what a sweet aunt you are.
Love how you write so why don't you do a story for us on my new project I have going on...Everyone would love you
Think about it

Sherry said...

MMMMmmm! Everything looks so good! I love your tea cup and saucer too. Very pretty!


Vintage Amethyst said...

Mmmmmmm! Oh I'm hungry now.