Thursday, 22 May 2008

All Around The World

Take 200 primary school kids. Put them in a hall. Get a chef along to try and get them all to eat food from around the world, such as Thai fishcakes, curry and paella. Let madness commence as 200 primary kids first of all shout, 'eeeurghhh', in unison. Then try to control 200 kids as they all clamour to devour the food. This is just a snapshot of my working life as Expo Chef. And how I love it.

Yesterday I was asked to do a World Food Day at a primary school in Gateshead. It is challenging enough trying to inspire and encourage young children to eat the right things without the school requesting a handful of recipes that stretch the globe. But what a laugh we had. Judging by the empty plates at the end, the food that most of them had never had before was a new and welcome taste to them all. Happy days indeed.

My Caribbean bananas were, surprise surprise, probably the favourite, especially amongst the nursery kids. It is a 5 minute dessert and there are two versions; one for the adults with a good splash of rum in there, and one for the kids of course without. Give it a go. An incredibly simple no fuss dessert, 5 ingredients, that banana lovers will adore. What ever you do though, don't invite 200 kids to your house when you make them...

Caribbean Bananas

Feeds 2

2 bananas
6 tbsp honey
1 lime
A good splash of dark rum
A handful of sultanas

1 - Pour the honey into a large non-stick frying pan. Bring to the boil.
2 - Split the bananas lengthways with their skins still on and place cut side down into the honey. Turn down the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
3 - Remove the bananas and place cut side up onto a serving dish. The flesh should have turned all golden and caramelised.
4 - Grate a little of the lime zest into the honey and squeeze in the lime juice. Add the rum and sultanas and bring to the boil. You may want to add more honey.
5 - Pour over the bananas and serve with crème fraiche or yoghurt.


Wendy said...

Sounds like a wonderful job! And if I were the kids, these would be some of my favourites too.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Well, I'm well past nursery school age, but your Caribbean bananas would have been my favorite too!

Jan said...

It's great that you're educating kids about food, the kids over here could definitely use it.

The other day, I went to the garage for some petrol, and when I went inside to pay, there were about 30-40 high school kids in there buying their lunch from the snack counter. It's all fried food or pizza, huge containers of pop, and crisps.

I asked the cashier if this happened every day, it seems that it does.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Bananas, eh... What would parents do without them?

Bellini Valli said...

Sounds like all went well David!!!!

Beth said...

I made this for dessert tonight- the adult version - but my one year old loved it too!! Think she will sleep well!

Lizzie said...

What a commendable job!

I had a banana split in thailand when I was about 7 - they'd battered and deep fried the bananas, served with ice cream and chocolate sauce. It was so rich and I felt so ill afterwards that it's put me off bananas for life!

Lisa said...

I'll have the version with rum please :)

Holler said...

I learned how to make these from my dad when I was about 7. We used to make them over the barbeque at caravan rallies and under the grill or in the microwave at home. Yum :P

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I'll have double rum on mine please.

Rosie said...

My kinda dessert David sounds wonderful. Great to hear about the education in food with the children - well done :)

Rosie x

Aimée said...

Rum. Yum.

Good job David, it's not easy working with little ones.

Pixie said...

Such a wonderful job to have. I do miss working with kids.

Marie said...

Ooh, I wish I were a kid in a UK primary school. Here in the States, ketchup qualifies as a vegetable in school lunches.

Sad, but true.

(P.S., found you through The Great Big Vegetable Challenge)