We finished off the school holidays with the best kind of Sunday. Sun, food, touch rugby, friends, picnic blankets, beers, children and laughs. Lots of laughs.
I manage Ethan’s touch team and we had a practice and shared lunch scheduled for Sunday; the kids trained and then we enjoyed an awesome game with mixed teams – kids and adults – which blew the cobwebs out and got us all quite amped for the upcoming season. The kids are mostly 9 and 10ish and 99% of them play rugby so they pretty much rule at touch, playing with them has now become fun and competitive rather than just an exercise in patience!
I assumed that there would be plenty of sausages for lunch so I whipped up a double batch of my Nana’s most awesome banana cake. This was definitely an exercise in utilitarian cooking, not picture perfect, Instagram ready food styling. It really made me think about how I cook and what brings me enjoyment from sharing food with people.
The cake was awesome. I cooked and served it in a big sheet pan (and got to try out a purchase I made ages ago at the same time – can highly recommend Bake ‘n’ Go Pans from The Warehouse, the most easy and worry free way to transport food!). I iced this big cake in plain old chocolate with sprinkles. It wasn’t a particularly beauteous cake. There was no bunting or washi tape flags but it fed a lot of people and it was apparently so good that Dave and I didn’t even get to try a piece. Every crumb gone.
That’s the point isn’t it? To share food with people, using simple ingredients to make people happy and create a focus on how easily eating together can create a genuinely enjoyable occasion.
So no pictures, just sharing a wonderful, one bowl recipe that was shared with me by my Nana.
Never Fail Banana Cake Recipe
1/2 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 over-ripe bananas mashed
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda dissolved in milk in microwave
Mix all ingredients together
Bake at 175 degrees for approx 30 mins
p.s have just checked and seems remarkably similar to an old kiwi staple that you probably have in your cupboard so give it a go!