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I really enjoy this book. It is broken into “the ABC’s” and “beyond”, with each section having a two page spread dedicated to each letter. It is marked at 4-12 (and beyond), but at 1, Samantha loved having the “ABC’s” read to her.
In the “ABC’s” section, the first page has the letter and a picture of the fruit/vegetable/related item (like organic). Some, but not all, include additional fruits and vegetables along the edge.
The second page includes a catchy little rhyme and a picture to go with it.
As I said, Samantha loves having this section read to her.
The beyond section is a bit more busy, and better suited of the claimed 4+ age range. It includes fun facts, jokes, further reading, and 1 to 2 recipes. X is the wild fruit Xemenia, and does not include a recipe since you cannot get it in the states.
I found the simplest recipe in the book to make with Samantha, Banana Soft Serve
We followed the instructions exactly. I found that I had to let the bananas defrost some to break them into chunks. I think I will do this before freezing next time.
Samantha enjoyed pushing the button on the food processor, and holding the bowl while it was going (I had no idea it needed to be held). She enjoyed the soft serve even more. I found it creamy, like ice cream, with a strong banana flavor to it.
The banana first turns into little pearls before becoming a smooth ice cream like texture. I want to try mixing other flavors in with it to see how that works.
Note: All other recipes call for more than just a banana and have an ingredient section.
Banana Soft Serve
A cool treat!
- Peel as many bananas as you need, so each person has one banana.
- Put Bananas in a plastic freezer bag. Squeeze out all the air and seal the bag tightly. Place it in the freezer. (I will break the bananas up at this point in the future.)
- Just before serving, remove the bananas from the freezer and break them into chunks. Put them in the work bowl of a food processor. Turn the machine on and let it run until the bananas break up. Continue until the mashed banana becomes creamy, light in color, and whipped with air.
- Spoon the whipped banana into bowls, paper cups, or cones, and eat it right away.