Well, we are back with bananas! After I received the banana facts below from Shawna in Canada, I
decided to feature bananas once again.
We had my fav banana sarmies last
night. Peel a banana, slice it and pack the slices on a slice of bread.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, cover with another slice of bread and toast
in sandwich toaster!
For a variation, omit the cinnamon sugar and replace with strips of fried
bacon, then toast in toaster.
Here are some interesting banana
Bananas. Containing three natural
sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives
an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven
that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute
workout. No wonder the banana is
the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't
the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or
prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must
to add to our daily diet.
Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people
suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana.
This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the
body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your
mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates
blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin
in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Herb facts - Sage tea
is a proven cure for fevers, colds and sore throats
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium
yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so,
the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry
to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of
blood pressure and stroke.
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped
through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and
lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the
potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help
restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without
resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a
banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and,
with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while
the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system. Heartburn: Bananas have a
natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try
eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood
sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the
affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it
amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in
Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like
chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers
found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The
concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control
our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two
hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal
disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw
fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also
neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit
that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant
mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure
their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because
they contain the natural mood enhancer, tryptophan.
Herb facts - Rosemary,
taken as a strong tea, sweetened with honey, is used to treat high
Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The
B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in
them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat,
sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we
are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium
levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium
Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of
Medicine,"eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of
death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill
off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the
yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or
Herb facts -
Wild olive, twigs and dry leaves make an excellent fumigant when burned
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it
to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three
times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the
other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of
best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known
phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
In my next newsletter I will be
featuring Chuck wagon cooking. Chuck wagons were used in America
during the big cattle drives to provide food for the trail hands. Many of
those outdoor trail recipes can be used here in South Africa...watch this
Thanks to everyone who has mailed us fridge magnets depicting your
State, City or Country. If you collect fridge magnets, I will mail you
a South African one for every one I receive from another country.
me and we can make arrangements. Thanx a lot!
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Turn a simple ice cream plate into a tropical delight. Bananas marinated in
caramelized ginger and topped with a lime sauce.
1 tablespoon margarine or butter, melted
1 tablespoon grated gingerroot
3 bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon lime juice
Combine margarine with gingerroot in a small pan; add bananas and sprinkle
with brown sugar. Cook until browned, about 2 minutes.
Stir; continue cooking until sauce begins to caramelize, another 2 minutes.
Remove from heat; carefully place bananas on a serving dish.
Sprinkle lime juice in same skillet; mix well and drizzle sauce over
1/2 cup rice flour
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup water
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup oil
Peel ripe bananas, cover, and set aside. In a bowl, blend together rice
flour, flour, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, combine water, egg,
and coconut milk. Slowly add the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed.
In a skillet, heat oil until smoking. Dip the bananas one at a time into the
batter and fry in the hot oil until golden brown, turning once.
4 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 1/2 cups milk
4 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon butter flavoring
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
1/2 pound (1 kg) vanilla wafers
1 8-oz. container non-dairy whipped topping
In a medium saucepan combine flour with milk; mix until smooth.
Add egg to milk mixture; stir until smooth. Pour in remaining milk, cook
over medium heat until nearly bubbly. Do not boil. Lower heat; cook and stir
for 2 minutes more.
Remove from heat; cool for about 5 minutes, stirring periodically. Add
sugar, vanilla, almond extract and butter flavoring; mix well. Refrigerate
Meanwhile arrange wafers and bananas in a 13x9x2-inch baking dish. Pour
pudding into dish to cover contents. Top with whipped topping. Serve
immediately or refrigerate.
Buttermilk and Banana Waffles
Waffles were first prepared in France and Belgium during the Middle Ages.
They were not introduced in America until centuries later, when Thomas
Jefferson brought the first waffle iron home from France. Ripe bananas,
added to this tangy buttermilk batter, produce moist, sweet results.
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
Maple syrup, warmed
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda,
cinnamon and salt, mixing well.
In a large measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, egg and melted butter and
whisk until blended. Place half of the sliced bananas in a small bowl and
mash coarsely; do not worry if the mixture is a little lumpy. Add the mashed
banana to the buttermilk mixture, then stir into the flour mixture. Using a
fork or whisk, mix until the batter is smooth.
Preheat a waffle iron according to the manufacturer's directions. Using a
paper towel or pastry brush, lightly grease the waffle iron with vegetable
oil. Following the manufacturer’s directions, ladle batter sufficient for 1
waffle into the iron, spreading it evenly. Close the waffle iron and cook
until the waffle iron will open easily (no peeking for the first 2 minutes).
Transfer the waffle to a platter and keep warm while you cook the remaining
Serve the waffles garnished with the remaining banana slices and drizzled
with the warmed maple syrup.