If you ever want a break from houshold duties, just bring a new toy into the house. Suddenly the disinterest from others about sharing the duties vanishes in a nanosecond.
The new stove is lovely … or so I’m told. I haven’t had a chance to play with it yet as the others have taken a sudden interest in cooking and baking …voluntarily. Not that I’d normally complain about having the ball and chain removed for a few days, but I wanna play, too! It was the same when we got the new washer and dryer earlier in the summer. After a multitude of empty promises from Madam to start doing her own laundry all the time, the new machines brought results.
But of course the novelty never lasts. It took a few weeks for the washer and dryer fascination to wear off, and I’m predicting a much shorter time for the stove. Then it will be back to threats and bribery if I want someone else to make use of it.
Just for the record, the first thing produced on/in the new stove was Stephanie’s batch of absolutely scrummy Chocolate Banana Cupcakes. But she deserved first use as it had taken her ten years to pry the recipe out of my sister, only to have the old oven go boom on the day on which she finally had the long sought after recipe in hand.
I don’t quite get the coveting recipes thing as I figure it’s a compliment to my culinary skills to be asked for one. Often it’s not possible to share one as I cook on instinct a lot of the time and can’t give exact measures. “A bit of this, a dollop of that, cook/bake until it looks ready” makes perfect sense to me, but isn’t very helpful to anyone else. However, when I do use an actual recipe or can translate my bits and dollops into proper measured amounts, I’m very willing to share.
Which leads to an offer of the above-mentioned Chocolate Banana Cake recipe. It’s truly one of the best things ever, even for one such as myself who normally isn’t keen on blending such different flavours. (See post below.) Leave a comment if you want the recipe and I’ll post it for all to share. I’ll even include the matching frosting recipe, although I like it just as well without embellishment on top. Just depends on how sweet your tooth is, I guess … or how much you really love bananas and chocolate. If you don’t love the combo now, you’ll be a convert after trying this recipe. 🙂