Bananas & Broccoli…

24 May

…say what?!

My dad came in to town this week.  I was happy to have him visit, since my husband went to Cuba for a church mission trip at the same time.  I was also happy to get to share with him, some of his mom’s old recipes.  I hit a home run with one in particular…he even said it reminded him of his mom’s!  THAT was worth it right there.

Broccoli with Shallots

  • 3/4 lb fresh broccoli, cut up (approx 3 cups)
  • 1 med red or green bell pepper chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 2 TBSP chopped shallots (for butter sauce)
  • 1 TBSP melted butter or margarine
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp crushed rosemary
  • 1 TBSP cooking oil

Stir together melted butter, lemon juice, and rosemary.  Set aside; preheat wok over high heat and add cooking oil (add more as needed during cooking).  Stir-fry broccoli in hot oil for 2 minutes.  Add sweet pepper and shallots; stir fry about 2 minutes or until veggies are crisp tender.  Pour butter sauce over veggies.  Toss gently until vegetables are well coated.  Serve immediately.


**Large Banana Nut Cake** This is THE recipe, according to dad

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp soda
  • 3 cups flour (sifted four times)<—HA!  Yeah right!
  • 6 bananas mashed
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

Cream sugar and butter.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients and milk.  Add bananas and nuts last.  Bake in three 10-inch greased and floured pans at 325* for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until cake tests done.


  • 1 pkg cream cheese
  • 1 box (1 lb) powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Beat the ingredients together (minus nuts).  You may need to add a little milk to make it spreadable.  Frost cake and sprinkle with half cup chopped nuts.

I added the icing almost as soon as I had made it, which meant the cake was still blazing hot.  No worries, though.  I had halved the recipe and don’t own 3 pans, of the same size.  So, I used a 13×9 casserole dish.  This keeps you from having to take the cake out of the pan too!  Let’s just say, too, that if you don’t have a lot of willpower…this is NOT the cake for you!  I don’t even want to admit how little there was left after my dad and I had what we wanted!  However, I did take at least 1/8 of it to work for my coworkers.  Dad just likes food, in general, and ate a great deal of the rest!

Grandma’s Notes: 5/12/91- Mother’s Day…lunch at George’s family; Lance and children brought an orchid and gift; Frank’s family gave a gift and a beautiful card as I left there Thurs.  5/16/91- Fertilized rose, hydrangea, camillia, and the bridal wreath.  THANK YOU LORD FOR MY MOTHER WHO HAS BEEN GONE THESE MANY YEARS.  THANK YOU, I WAS BLESSED WITH 3 GREAT SONS.

5/12/95- Fixed bills, ready to mail.  WE, ALL PEOPLE, SHOULD CONFESS OUR SINS TO YOU LORD AND ASK FORGIVENESS.  ONE DAY YOU WILL RETURN AND THERE WILL BE NO TIME FOR CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS.  Went to George’s for fish supper.  Lance’s family was there also.



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