Friday, 2 November 2007

research opportunity


At what point does banana cake become walnut cake with bananas?

I have to admit to not being a big walnut fan - and that was even before one of the Montgomeryshire Domestic Sluts described them to me yesterday as 'pickled rat brains'. But the recipe said add 2oz of walnuts, so that's what I did. Plus four bananas. That's a LOT of the pesky things - but that's okay, as we HAD a lot, slowly going black and squidgy on the windowsill and acting as winter quarters for all the fruit flies in the world.

And to my uninitiated, naive self, the ratio of bananas to walnuts seems plausible.

But ... no.

The cake tastes kind of bitter. Wierdly bitter. Not at all banana-ery. In fact, a discerning person would describe it as, well, walnutty.

Which begs the question - should it be Banana Cake? Or is the lack of any kind of walnut reference in the title misleading? Today I have eaten the rest of the thing (purely as a research exercise) and I am still unsure. However, I am so obsessed with it (you think about the most peculiar things whilst feeding a baby at 3am, trust me), that I am prepared to put some funding in to a trial to gather consumer opinion.

On Sunday, I will make another cake. If you email me your snail mail address before Monday 4pm, I will post a reasonable-sized piece of cake out to you so that we can have some sort of consensus later in the week.

In other news:
  • This week we have taken forty pounds of honey off of our beehives. That's loads - certainly our own personal annual supply of honey, so long as we don't get Tempted By The Dark Side in to making mead. I've got some photos and will do a 'this is how it went' post later on.
  • Leo is still sicky as Mr Sick The Sick Boy, but he seems quite happy in between throwing up. And you soon get used to smelling vaguely of undigested formula, don't you?
  • Ooooh, and I got two new hens. Of which I haven't taken any photos yet because they haven't come out of the house at a suitably photogenic moment.
  • The Great DIY Plan has hit a slight hiatus - our Rayburn has a crack that may potentially leak Lethal Rayburn Gases in to the room and kill us all in an unsightly and inconvenient manner. Advice I have taken from Rayburn Experts leads me to believe that it will probably work out cheaper to buy a whole other Rayburn on eBay than repair this one. Eeep. In the meantime, our living room now has a pile of bricks at one end and I am watching various eBay auctions for free-standing kitchen units like a hungry hawk.
For now, that is all.

Oh, except, continuing apologies for my blogroll still being knackered - I need to strip the addresses out of Blogrolling and shove them in the template manually, as blogrolling appeared to be slowing everything down to glacial speeds; but that involves having my head together for about an hour and so isn't going to happen until B is at home and Of This World simultaneously.


16 comments:

  1. Hmm, I would quite fancy the cake trial ... except the fly reference made me queasy! LOL

    That is a whole heck of a lot of honey! Do you empty the hives just once per year?

    Litt'lun still got reflux? Tried changing formula? My friend's little on had it and that helped. I think you can buy low-something formula that helps.

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  2. Hmm, I would quite fancy the cake trial ... except the fly reference made me queasy! LOL

    That is a whole heck of a lot of honey! Do you empty the hives just once per year?

    Litt'lun still got reflux? Tried changing formula? My friend's little on had it and that helped. I think you can buy low-something formula that helps.

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  3. As much as I love having banana walnut cake show up in the post, I am afraid it would be quite stale by time it got here. Let me know how the research goes.

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  4. oNow, I read something about sicky babies and summat to do with a lengthy/traumatic birth. It was in a leaflet from my chiropractor (who I will not now be seeing for a fortnight) which you might consider. I'd be wary of simply changing the formula, as it should be done, if at all, gently & slowly. Reflux or colic is a bugger to deal with and they apparently grow out of it ...

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  5. oNow, I read something about sicky babies and summat to do with a lengthy/traumatic birth. It was in a leaflet from my chiropractor (who I will not now be seeing for a fortnight) which you might consider. I'd be wary of simply changing the formula, as it should be done, if at all, gently & slowly. Reflux or colic is a bugger to deal with and they apparently grow out of it ...

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  6. On the other hand (and purely anecdotally) my sister changed my nephew's formula *not* slowly or gently and he went overnight from being sick after every feed, full of wind and grumpy to purely sick after every feed in a casual manner. Which are you using? Again, anecdotally - from message boards (and please don't sue me mr formula manufacturer) - the new SMA blend appears to be causing quite a lot of problems.
    But that wasn't what I came here to say. I love cake, as you know, and would be thrilled to test anything banana-y you have going. But walnuts are the nut of satan and make me vomit so I will pass on your kind offer this time.

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  7. On the other hand (and purely anecdotally) my sister changed my nephew's formula *not* slowly or gently and he went overnight from being sick after every feed, full of wind and grumpy to purely sick after every feed in a casual manner. Which are you using? Again, anecdotally - from message boards (and please don't sue me mr formula manufacturer) - the new SMA blend appears to be causing quite a lot of problems.
    But that wasn't what I came here to say. I love cake, as you know, and would be thrilled to test anything banana-y you have going. But walnuts are the nut of satan and make me vomit so I will pass on your kind offer this time.

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  8. With number 2 we had to switch to SMA Staydown. It wasn't the easiest thing to find, nor was it the cheapest, but it did work for him. I remember it being quite thick and we needed to switch to "faster" teat so he didn't have to use all of his strength just to get it out the bottle. According to the doctor at the time he had "mild" reflux.

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  9. With number 2 we had to switch to SMA Staydown. It wasn't the easiest thing to find, nor was it the cheapest, but it did work for him. I remember it being quite thick and we needed to switch to "faster" teat so he didn't have to use all of his strength just to get it out the bottle. According to the doctor at the time he had "mild" reflux.

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  10. Mine stopped vomiting when he could stand and walk - he has had a traunatic birth tea and cake, however it does not seem to have had a lasting effect. He is now 20 and 6 foot 2 tall, and the only reason for vomitting now is excess.

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  11. Send it to me. I loooove walnuts. And pecans. But especially walnuts.

    We had a similar experience once when making garlic bread. The proportion of garlic to bread increased until we crossed a certain threshold, and decided to rename it "bread garlic".

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  12. Send it to me. I loooove walnuts. And pecans. But especially walnuts.

    We had a similar experience once when making garlic bread. The proportion of garlic to bread increased until we crossed a certain threshold, and decided to rename it "bread garlic".

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  13. Mmm, don't like that walnutty taste either. Try it with flaked almonds or almond flour. I use that for carrot cake, and its much better.

    Two of ours had bad reflux. We just got in the habbit of ALWAYS having nappy towels to hand, or walking around with permanently freshly stained clothing...

    They grow out of it and it has absolutely no effect on future health.

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  14. Mmm, don't like that walnutty taste either. Try it with flaked almonds or almond flour. I use that for carrot cake, and its much better.

    Two of ours had bad reflux. We just got in the habbit of ALWAYS having nappy towels to hand, or walking around with permanently freshly stained clothing...

    They grow out of it and it has absolutely no effect on future health.

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  15. how about posting the recipe and then we can all make our own rather than rel;ying on the slightly dodgy postal system (m-i-l posted Noise's bday pres 2 weeks ago tom orrow, first class.... still don't have it! bday was last tuesday)

    on the other note noise vomitted formula for the whole 11 months she was on it. we tried everything, all the different formuals even soya, but never an osteopath or chiro, she evn had gaviscon added to her bottles and nothing did the trick. muffin who came along next was 100% breastfed and never vomitted once so smug me thought this must be the cure..... Boo vomitted throughout the day avaryday despite being 100% bf. cranial osteopathy eased it but didn't cure it.
    hate to say it but in my exp you have a chucker or you don't!!

    it will get better eventually though, Noise is 14 now, and only ever chucks after parties and too much cake

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  16. how about posting the recipe and then we can all make our own rather than rel;ying on the slightly dodgy postal system (m-i-l posted Noise's bday pres 2 weeks ago tom orrow, first class.... still don't have it! bday was last tuesday)

    on the other note noise vomitted formula for the whole 11 months she was on it. we tried everything, all the different formuals even soya, but never an osteopath or chiro, she evn had gaviscon added to her bottles and nothing did the trick. muffin who came along next was 100% breastfed and never vomitted once so smug me thought this must be the cure..... Boo vomitted throughout the day avaryday despite being 100% bf. cranial osteopathy eased it but didn't cure it.
    hate to say it but in my exp you have a chucker or you don't!!

    it will get better eventually though, Noise is 14 now, and only ever chucks after parties and too much cake

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