It has been 4 months since my last post.
We are 30 days into the year 2015.
There are 15 days until my birthday (!).
And 10 weeks have passed since I left Auckland, New Zealand behind and moved countries (which goes some way in explaining the 4 month absence..!).
So here I am, writing to you from Melbourne, Australia. This is my new home… maybe even my forever-home (a bold statement considering my itchy feet and penchant for moving all the bloody time (ha), but one I am fairly confident to make because I love it here). Apples and Anarchy has never served as much of a diary, so I am not about to delve into the last 10 weeks of my new Aussie existence except to say that: I’m happy (though I do hope to write a post at some point about the concepts of home and moving and loneliness… I have experienced all in very different ways ever since my parents made the first giant leap and shifted our little family to the other side of the world 15 years ago. I would guess that at least a few of you probably have too… So maybe it would be a worthwhile experience to write about and share).
I am feeling settled enough to return to my little blog with some sense of commitment and general desire to make the time to write. Especially about food and health, and – a relatively new thing in my life – serious strength training! I am in a city that throbs with art and music and eclectic characters, and I have been doing my best to absorb it ALL… but however much I picture myself living the poetic and bohemian life, I have to face the reality that: whimsical, ethereal characters and situations only satisfy a certain yearning I have for a romanticised view of human experience… but I get my true sense of comfort, contentment and purpose from green leaves, good food, and… sweating. Does that even make any sense?
And so, as a gentle re-entry into this little haven of mine, here is a ‘recipe’ for a simple but delicious dessert/snack/whatever that I have been making recently. No one can ever tell me that this creation is less satisfying than the creamiest of bannoffee pies, or the lushest of caramel slices – this puppy has it all. It’s rich, thick, sweet-but-not-sickly, and as the ultimate bonus, takes 2 seconds to put together. So without further ado, I introduce to you: The Banana Log.
The banana’s creamy sweetness melds with the buttery, almost-bitter taste of the nut spread beautifully. The cacao elevates this otherwise simple dessert to a royal status, with its plush, velvety texture and rich aroma, punctuated by sweet pops of caramelly date. I served the one pictured with generous dollops of whipped coconut cream, but it’s delicious on its own too.
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon nut butter (I used a cashew, brazil nut and almond combo)
5 dates, chopped small
1 heaped teaspoon cacao (or cocoa)
2 tablespoons of whipped coconut cream to serve (optional)
Peel the banana. Spoon the nut butter over the top. Squish the date bits into the nut butter along the banana’s length. Top with cacao powder. Eat.
It doesn’t get much simpler than that!
NB I have tried both hot and cold versions of The Banana Log (the hot involved grilling the banana for 5 minutes). I thought I’d prefer the heated version, but I surprised myself and found it became *too* sweet and goopy. But maybe that’s your jam, in which case, do as I did and heat the banana before following with all the toppings as above.