Banana On Toast

Banana on toast

As you are probably aware, it has been very cold and icy and snowy lately. Very cold and snowy and icy. There have been warnings, snow warnings and yellow snow warnings. Imploring people to be careful, wrap up warm, don't make unnecessary road trips and on any account, please do not eat yellow snow. Weathermen stare out, gravely, from our screens, frowning, clenching their red button remotes and with undertones of fear and dread expound upon the horrors of 'freezing rain'. Rain that actually freezes. Can you believe it? Via Twitter and Facebook, we regularly get updates of snow that is snowing in people's gardens, pictures of snow. Reports that it is snowing over here. And over there too. Supplies are running low, trains can barely cope, planes are grounded and hospitals can't cope, cats won't go outside to do their business and dogs sadly bite at snow, with no real success of getting a meal. No, you really can't miss the fact that the country is currently gripped by a Siberian fist, which is slowly squeezing, squeezing and freezing the very life out of this fair land.

Unless you work for the council that is. In which case you will be totally oblivious to the nation's plight and won't have even bothered to get your arse into gear and get the gritters to come down my road. No, Havering Council, you are probably far too busy sitting in your wonderfully warm offices, wearing Hawaii shirts and shorts, drinking cocktails.

I gripe.

But despite all the terrible weather we have to endure at the moment (and it really is terrible), the great thing is that we can get away with eating pretty much whatever we want. Biscuits, cake, crisps, pork scratchings, pork pies, pork products in general, lard, the brown gloopy stuff that remains on the bottom tray in the oven, you name it. Because it is all energy. We need the energy to cope with this current crisis. And lately, I have been reverting back to that childhood fave, banana on toast. I have had it every morning since the Big Freeze hit us and I can't get enough of it. Bread, toasted until it's nicely, toasted. Salted butter (and it must be salted) slathered across and melted into crunchy, slightly carbonised pores. And then sliced, ripe, sweet banana, mashed in, sometimes to a gooey pulp. Gorgeous. It might be beneficial to spread some peanut butter on too, you know for the all important calorific blast. It's all energy remember. But I am a bit of purist when it comes to banana on toast. Like all good things, you need to keep it simple.

After munching away on a couple of slices and before trudging out into the bleak, harsh winter, in my Aldi snow boots, I always like to utter the immortal line - "I am just going outside and I may be sometime."

But I always come back.


Platter said…
I am very proud that you uploaded this to Platter.

This has inspired me to make my own tribute sandwich. It will feature peanut butter. The only problem is, do I dedicate it to Food Urchin or Elvis?

I'll just say it came from The King. People can make their own mind up.
Platter said…
"Havering Council, you are probably far too busy sitting in your wonderfully warm offices, wearing Hawaii shirts and shorts, drinking cocktails."

Pina coladas, no doubt. Wearing great garlands of Pacific flora. Using the boss's desk for a bloody boozed up game of limbo.

Tara Cardwell said…
Yum - having that for breakfast tomorrow - forgot how much I love it. Although for me, less of a purist, it will be two slices of toast, one covered with peanut butter, one with chocolate spread and a banana mashed in the middle. We haven't even got any snow left but just seeing it on the news makes me feel cold enough to require extra energy ;-)
Food Urchin said…
Platter - I have a terrible fear that one day, I too will be found slumped, brown bread, on the throne, mouth stuffed with banana and toast (I am marching down the council tomorrow my son, don't you worry)

Craftilious - don't fret on the purity, it's ALL about the energy ; )
cornercottage said…
Delicious, I normally have peanut butter on toast with banana on before I go for a run. Perfect energy boost!
Kavey said…
Yeah I always like it best with peanut butter. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
Anonymous said…
I've been doing banana with maple syrup and cinnamon on rice cakes lately.

I love that you wrote a post about banana on toast.
7th Star Baker said…
Well, I figure that must be a trend in Essex councils, as Basildon Council, as usual, didn't bring the gritter down our road either. Which meant that once again, same as last year, I couldn't even risk he drive out of our road to get to the station for work. Now I'm not necessarily complaining about that particular fact, but it does cause my husband problems, as he works from home as a Psychotherapist and his clients can't get into out road either!

However, I am thrilled to find that there are other 'banana on toast' lovers in the general area, as this was a staple for me growing up and still is, although mostly at weekends these days as we don't have toasters at work. And unbeknownst to me, this 'tradition' was passed on by my mum to my nephews! A fact I only found out about 4 years ago at her funeral...who'da thought?!!

Take care and keep warm!

7th Star Baker
Anonymous said…
I have never made this! It looks so yum!! Must remedy that!
Thankfully the snow has stopped. I see no reason though to stop eating delicious heart and stomach warming food though :-)
Anonymous said…
I have just stuffed my face with banana on toast and promptly stumbled across this post via Cookwitch. Needless to say I have instantly added you to my google reader. Hurrah for Banana on toast (p.s it's great if you then grill it a tiny bit to get the top of the banana really warm and gooey)

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