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Grandson Aidan, 7-1/2, is a budding chef. He loves helping DD and I in the kitchen-doesn’t care if it’s scraping carrots for candying or making sure that brownie pans are perfectly greased and lined with wax paper.  Truth is, he loves experimenting.

Grandson Dylan, 8-1/2, doesn’t mind cleaning the mess (! heartestatic_

Together, as I mentioned in last week’s flipside blog, they ask some interesting questions.  Aidan wanted to know why I don’t even “make something again“?

Easy, I get bored.  With baking you MUST stay in play with measurements.  It’s all science and if you got “outside” the box on the baking part, you could wind up with something that either becomes ice cream topping or garbage.  The creative part is if you wish to decorate.

This past week the boys wanted banana bread.  Problem?  This week I realized that my stockpile bag of frozen banana pieces was pretty meager due to DH and I having baked oatmeal a few times.

So for their snack this week-I did have a bit of banana left, but not the 2 C required for the 2 loaves.  Heck, I didn’t even have a 1/2 C!

I also didn’t have a can of pumpkin left to either switch out or combine to give me the right amount.  So I looked at what I did have:

crushed pineapple, coconut, dates, raisins, cranberries and the tiny bit of banana.  

The creation came out as a “Tropical Bread“.  A tad bit dry since the amount of moist fruit wasn’t where it should have been, but the boys liked it.  Once toasted it tastes quite nice with some pineapple jam and PB.

Since it is a bit dry, I’m also going to crumble some up and toast it in the oven, mix it with some diced pears and apples and create a bit of a bread pudding out of it.

Other uses?  Make French Toast.  Why not?  Restaurants have been using banana bread and cinnamon rolls, why not Tropical bread?

I waste nothing-unless it has a very unhealthy smell and look to it.  Grapes getting a bit soft?  Rinse and dry them, freeze them on a sheet pan and you’ve got a great snack on a hot day.  Apples and pears getting a bit too soft to enjoy?  Roast them and puree with warm spices and create your own “butter“.  Bananas-as you know around here (on the face of the sun)I peel and halve and then freeze for quick breads, baked oatmeals, non-dairy ice “creams” and even a messy but great treat for JD if he’s over while teething.

The point is-take the “little” bits and be creative, don’t waste!

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