Hello everybody. I feel that I really should be doing some sort of New Year post, and maybe I'll get to that later, but today, we're going to talk about Healthy Eating, which is very important after the excesses of the holiday period.
This... is a Banana.
A banana is a wonderful fruit, with lots of lovely vitamins, and counts as one of your five-a-day.
However, while the banana is delicious when eaten fresh and unaugmented, the essence of cooking is to improve upon the raw materials by combining them while retaining the goodness of the basic ingredients.
For this reason, I have added a few chocolate buttons.
You will notice that the chocolate buttons in the picture are from Montezumas. By using these chocolate buttons I am supporting ethically-trading British artisans, so really this is a contribution to both the planet and the economy - quite apart from the well-known virtues of quality cocoa including its antioxidant properties and its ability to trigger a release of your body's natural endorphins.
However, we again face the problem of core ingredients on their own being boring so I have decided to add a secondary chocolate element to complement the buttons - Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream.
My next addition provides much-needed calcium as well as offsetting the cocoa level of the dish. Yes, it's squirty cream.
My personal belief is that the satisfaction gained from a good squirt is a restorative to the soul, making this a dish with psychological benefits in addition to the nutritional aspects already discussed.
Finally, a drizzle of chocolate sauce adds aesthetic appeal and pulls the whole dish together.
I feel much healthier now.
(This blog post completed before the inevitable sugar crash. Apologies for typos.)