Hubs grew up on a farm between Sabie and Hazyview and their biggest produce was bananas. Bananas featured almost daily on their menu.
Bananas are extremely healthy. According to a recent survey people suffering from depression feels 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.
Bananas are also a brain booster and research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert. My mother in law is 86 years old and she has a better memory than younger people. She still drives and she still flies all over the world! I am convinced that her high intake of bananas over the years helped a lot in keeping her mentally and physically healthy and alert.
This recipe is one of her favourites.
- 2 slices of bread
- 125ml milk
- 600g beef mince
- 5ml ground coriander
- 2.5ml ground cloves
- 2.5ml ground nutmeg
- Salt to taste
- 2 bananas sliced into strips
- 1 onion, chopped
- 15ml butter
- 15ml curry powder
- 7.5ml sugar
- 15ml corn flour
- 60ml vinegar
- 15ml fine apricot jam
- 125ml water
- 2 bananas, minced
- Pre-heat oven to 160ºC.
- Soak the bread in the milk and press the milk out.
- Mix the soaked bread with the mince, coriander, cloves, nutmeg and salt and roll into meatballs.
- Place the meatballs into a buttered oven dish with the banana strips inbetween.
- Heat the butter in a saucepan and fry the onions until soft.
- Add the curry and sugar and fry another minute or two.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low heat for 5 minutes.
- Pour the sauce over the frikadelle.
- Bake in the oven for 50 minutes.
- Serve with some rice and a mixed salad.