'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menoguddling - a wee bit o' muckin' aboot

The father has a fondness for the sweet stuff. Cakes, buns, biscuits... none are safe from Mr Mac. On my first weekend over in Edinburgh, I made an old family favourite for brekky, 'banana fritters'. They are just a simple, slightly thicker pancake mix with chopped bananas in. he gobbled them down and then had me nearly falling from the chair when he asked for the recipe. When I said they could be made savoury too - and then proved it with a batch of fresh corn fritters - he thought it was something he could have a go at. On the next shopping trip I bought a new light-weight pan and spatula and some extra eggs et cetera.

Mixing the batter proved a bit of a challenge for him, and the cooking even more so, let's face it, flipping pancakes is not all that easy even with full flex in our wrists. He did not a bad job though and they were perfectly edible, if a little oddly shaped.

The next fall-off-chair moment came when he asked what the recipe was for rock cakes. Cue the 'let's just do it' practice!

Get the scales out father. Get the flour out and pour 8oz father.

Now get the sugar and pour 4oz father.

Same for butter and then 2oz sultanas.

Rub the butter into the flour and sugar. If too stiff, can add 2-4 tablespoons of milk. Aim is a stiff, sticky, mouldable dough. Mix in the dried fruit.

Make 10-12 mounds of dough on a baking tray lined with oven paper, allowing a good amount of space for spread, place in pre-heated oven, 160'C/320'F for fan-assisted or 180/360 if not, for about 20 minutes. They should be well-browned and just yielding to the touch. Switch off oven and allow to 'dry' for 5 mins; remove to cooling tray.

What you may notice here is this is not a conventional oven. It is one of those combi-microwave things which has a convection option. The old microwave finally stopped functioning after 20+ years of constant use and this is the replacement. It is a speaking instructor - originally bought for the The Maestro and barely used. She would be pleased to think her granda was baking in it! Whether he'll bother to do this without me supervising has yet to be proven, but I think he enjoyed himself.

Certainly enjoyed the results. There's been a second batch made since this one. &*>


  1. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh my word that looks delicious!!
    Hugs madi and mom

  2. I think even me the non-cook would love to make something like that. It looks soooooooooo good!

  3. We had corn fritters for supper recently. So that's a rock cake. Too bad the cookerer doesn't like raisins.

    1. Hari OM
      ah well now... is it dried fruit in general, or does the cookerer like glace cherries? Cuz they make a great substitute. But the recipe can be made without the fruit - just crumbly, buttery sweetness! Yxx

  4. Banana fritters sound very yummy
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  5. It just proves you are never to old to start cooking.
    What a clean oven he has, I'm not showing him mine.

  6. Good job on teaching, YAM. janice xx

  7. I think that Mimi should try to make these. They look yummy!
    Your Furend
    Louis Dog Armstrong

  8. that looks great!!! and I love this moments when we cook together... eggs-cept I had to cook with my mother, that mostly ends not well LOL

  9. What a fun visit this is. Visiting is always more fun over food and cooking it together must make it twice as tasty.


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