This Friday Feast (although, technically, it’s a Saturday Feast as yesterday flew by too quickly to blog) is all about that wonderful fruit – the banana.
The banana is a great fruit to eat raw, it can be fried and served with ice cream, you can make (or buy, which is easier) banana chips and it’s a great ingredient in cakes and cupcakes. It is also a natural, healthy sweetener!
There are lots of great recipes for banana cakes, but today I will present you with an easy one.
1 dl sugar
2 dl flour
1 ts baking powder
50 gr butter
2-3 bananas (preferably very ripe. The browner the better.)
Mix sugar and eggs, add the flour and baking powder. Melt butter and add (or mosh it in with the bananas). Mosh the bananas and add them to the mix. When everything is thoroughly mixed, pour into a cake tin and put in the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes on 175 C. Eat and enjoy!
You can also glaze the cake with either a chocolate glaze:
Or powdered sugar glaze:
You can also decorate it with whatever you want. Chocolate is always a good idea… Either way, it tastes lovely. And it’s really easy to make!
Yay, I’m writing Friday Feast without Elin and Mari’s permission! But I just had to. You see, last night, I may have started the Friday Feast early, by making this wonderful chocolate cheesecake.
How to, you ask?
Allow me to enlighten you. Chop up 200 grams of Oreo’s, put them in a round cakeform and mix with 70 grams of melted butter. Put the whole thing in the refrigerator while making the cheesethingy.
For the cheesecake, start by mixing 500 grams of natural cream cheese and 75 grams of sugar (this is a very healthy cake, by the way), and mix it until it’s nice and creamy. Add an egg and mix some more. Add another egg. Add 3 dl. of sourcream, 1 large tablespoon of cocoa and mix well. Next, melt 250 grams of dark deliciousy chocolate. Let this cool off for a bit before mixing it into the banter. Last, mix in 1 dl. of Bailey’s. (you may drink the rest while waiting for the cake) Put the cake in the oven at 180 degrees C for about 45 minutes. When it is cool, put it into the refrigerator and wait impatiently till the next day.
Now, melt about 200 grams of dark chocolate and spread it out on a piece of baking paper, the size of the cake form you have been using. Wait until it is almost stiff, and then wrap it around the cake before gently removing the paper. Mix some cream and dash it on top before decorate with more chocolate. Now enjoy life.
This Friday Feast is a tribute to one of my favorite childhood chocolates: the Kinderegg!
Yes, yes I know! It is not just a chocolate: it is also a surprise and a toy. Three things at once, how is that possible?
Of course, when I grew older and more cynical I realized that a “surprise” doesn’t really qualify as a “thing” in the same way that “chocolate” and “toy” does, and I felt a bit tricked. However, I decided to be the bigger person and ignore Kinder’s false advertising. I just cannot give up on the Egg! The combination of white- and milk chocolate is simply perfect, and the toys are (mostly) fun to build.
Also the old Kindereggs (the plastic part) could be used to make bombs. All you needed was some baking powder and water, put it in the egg, shake and throw. Hilarious! (But never indoors, children, or you will get in trouble!)
So, my suggestion for this Friday is that you all go and get yourself a nice little Kinderegg to eat and play with and be surprised by.
It’s time for Friday Feast again here at Vili Flik. We are forced to admit defeat and realise that winter is indeed approaching, but that does not mean that we shall have to leave behind everything that summer had to offer. Although a fresh, cold smoothie is usually a summer drink, it can successfully be used as a great and tasty source of vitamins and antioxidants in the winter months as well.
All you need to make a smoothie is a blender, fruit and/or berries and juice. Basically, you put in whatever fruits or berries you like, add juice, and blend until it’s smooth. You can also add some yoghurt, honey and even oat to make it thick.
My favourites are blueberry, strawberry and banana as well as banana, mango and pineapple. I usually add banana to every smoothie because it adds sweetness and thickness to the smoothie without having an overwhelming taste.
Smoothies can be drunk as a dessert, a substitute for candy or even as a meal on its own. If you add oat to the mixture, it is both delicious, nutricious and filling. A good alternative for those of you who have difficulty eating breakfast.
All edable fruit and berries can be used in a smoothie. You can use fresh fruit or the frozen alternative for an even colder drink. Everyone prefers different smoothies, so just experiment with tastes and thickness until you find your perfect smoothie. Only your imagination can limit you! And the best thing: it’s healthy as well as delicious! Enjoy.
This week’s Friday Feast is a tribute to one of my favourite chocolates: Non Stop!
These circular sweets are made by Freia, a Norwegian chocolate company, and are made from dark chocolate with two thin layers of white and coloured chocolate. These goodies come in six bright colours: red, orange, yellow, brown, green and black. The different colours have different tastes: red tastes of raspberries, orange tastes of, well, oranges, yellow tastes of lemon, green tastes of apple and pineapple and the brown and black tastes of vanilla.
Mind you, these flavours are only vague; the main taste is the delicious dark chocolate at the center.
Non Stop makes good cake decoration and is yummie with ice cream. I recommend that you all go and buy some for the weekend.
Ok, so if you’re like me, coffee is not some much a weekend indulgence as an everyday indulgence. A strong cup of black coffee is the ultimate start to every morning, with or without breakfast. However, the regular black cup of Joe is not your only option for your daily caffeine kick. In our modern world, coffee comes in many different forms and tastes, and even if regular coffee is too bitter for you, there is bound to be some variety out there to suit your needs.
Regular coffee can be prepared in different ways, the most popular being the regular coffee maker, the French press and the professional espresso machine. Instant coffee which you dissolve in hot water is also an option, but frankly, I don’t think it’s a good one. Avoid it if you can!
Although my main preference is regular coffee, occasionally one likes to experiment. My first non-regular (non-alcoholic) coffee was the latte; strong espresso mixed with steamed milk (latte being the Italian word for milk). I admit, I often add some sort of flavouring syrup to my latte, such as Irish cream, amaretto or vanilla, but the latte is delicious on its own as well.
The café au lait is pretty similar to the latte as it consists of espresso and steamed or heated milk (café au lait means coffee with milk in French). As far as I’m concerned, the biggest difference between the two are the way they are served; the latte is often served in a tall glass while the café au lait is usually served in a china cup (but I’m sure some baristas will disagree with this statement).
The cappuccino is another favourite. Again, the ingredients are espresso and milk (I’m sensing a pattern here…) although this time you add both hot milk and steamed milk foam to the espresso. This particular caffeinated drink is often topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and is a yummy treat indeed.
Coffee can successfully be mixed with hot chocolate if you want something sweeter. You can mix it according to your own taste, whether you want it chocolaty or coffee-y (don’t think that’s really a word…).
The ultimate coffee treat for me (and the rest of Vili Flik) is the sweet chilli coffee at Dromedar coffee shop. It is the most glorious caffeine kick ever, consisting of coffee, chocolate and a pinch of chilli for that extra zing. If you’ve never tried it, do it today! It is truly amazing and can save any bad day.
If you are in a party mood, coffee can also be of assistance. One option is to mix your coffee with Bailey’s or a similar spirit, which is quite good, albeit quite sweet. (If you’re from Trøndelag, you’re also probably familiar with coffee mixed with less “official” spirits, but let’s not get into that now. That’s not so much an indulgence as a means to get drunk…) My personal favourite in the alcoholic coffee range however, is the Irish Coffee. Make some good, strong coffee, stir in brown sugar, pour in some (or a lot, depending on your personal taste) whisky and top it all with whipped cream. It is truly divine! My theory is that the Irish were too busy writing great literature to have time for both coffee, after-dinner drinks and desserts in the evening, so they decided to simply mix all the three together, and voila! the Irish Coffee was born. And then the Irish could spend their time writing literary masterpieces, which we can all appreciate.
So make yourself a nice cup of coffee, or run out to a coffee shop and treat yourself to a fancy barista coffee (again, sweet chilli is my recommendation). It’s Friday and time to feast!
This week’s Friday Feast will be dedicated to a drinkable delicacy; the milkshake.
This is perhaps one of the easiest treats to make when one is in need of something sweet and fattening. Perfect for hot summer days? Yes! But I see no reason why it shouldn’t also be perfect for cold winter nights (providing that one is sitting inside a warm living room, perhaps even in front of a fireplace). Milkshake is also one of those treats that it is easy to make a lot of, and as such, very shareable.
All you really need is milk, ice cream and a blender, and you’re good to go. Flavors are optional and there are of course a bunch of ingredients you can add to it if you like. For example you could add fruits, like strawberry or banana, or perhaps chocolate or caramel sauce, or really anything you believe will go well with milk and ice cream.
It’s a mix and match sort of thing.
If you are in the Trondheim area I highly recommend a visit to Pair-A-Dice Diner and Bar in Kongensgate 19. They have glorious 50’s kind of style milkshakes served with whipped cream and a cherry on top. You can find their homepage here.