Back TO BAE-sics Part I


In the words of Mattress Mick…. “I’m back, I’m back, I’m back with bang!”. Yes, yes.. over a year since my last recipe post. I’ve been VERY busy you see.. oh you know, just travelling the world, no responsibilities, having the experience of a lifetime- the usual. Oh and for those of you who don’t know who Mattress Mick is- stop what you’re doing, sit down, follow this link and watch the Dublin legend himself.

Mick- I salute you. If Mick can sell you mattresses, then I can certainly sell you bananas. Although.. these are no ordinary bananas, they are BAE-nanas. What makes them BAE? Well, before we begin could those of you that stood up to dance while watching the mattress Mick video sit down again, please.

In the modern human world of abbreviations BAE stands for- ‘Before anyone else’. Mainly used by cosy couples of instagram to refer to their significant other as BAE. Woah woah wee woah woah!! Stop right there! Stand up! (sorry, this post has been a game of musical chairs). I am single. I don’t have a significant other. I AM BAE. I PUT CAOIMH- BEFORE ANYONE ELSE. This shouldn’t solely apply to stunning, witty, adventurous, kind, honest, charismatic, exceptionally amazing singles.. like myself ; )  It should also be practised by those who partake in #couplegoal selfies. Putting yourself before other people- being SELFISH.

The Cambridge English dictionary defines the word selfish as “Someone who is selfish only thinks of their own advantage”. Other definitions imply that someone who is selfish “lacks consideration for other people; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure”. Your honour, I object! Opposition is misleading the humans! I would like to file for a counterclaim against The Cambridge English Dictionary’s definition of selfish for their negligence to recognise the depth of the word in question and failure to disclose alternative opinions. Proceed counsel? Okay. My argument is that if you don’t put yourself first, do what’s right for you, do what you really want to do- then you’re not helping yourself and consequently you won’t be helping anyone. ‘Thinking of your own advantage’ isn’t a negative attribute- it only has negative side effects if that’s as far as it goes. Being selfish is looking after no.1- you! Taking care of yourself, nourishing yourself, being kind to yourself and loving yourself- is that a crime, your honour?  Once No.1 is in a steady place you are ready to reach out and help others No.2 (Erica), No.3 (Rita), No.4 (Tina) and Mambo no.5 (Sandra in the sun). I rest my case.

What has any of this got to do with BAEnanas? Everything! Part of putting yourself first involves looking after your health and your body. Eating BAEnanas won’t heal your life instantly but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. Everything that enters your mouth has the potential to nourish you. So remember to put yourself first, you are BAE and you can be the best bloody girlfriend/boyfriend to yourself.. WEAR THE CROWN, BE THE CROWN, YOU ARE THE CROWN.


1 large BAEnana
1/2 Cup of Oats
1/4 Cup of pumpkin seeds
1/4 Cup of pine nuts
1/4 sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
100g/1/2 pack of blueberries
Fresh lemon juice.
Nut butter (Optional)


  • Pre heat oven to 180 degrees.
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper. Add all your dry ingredients to baking tray- oats and seeds. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Disperse ingredients evenly across the baking sheet. Add to the oven for 8-10 mins. Remove when they turn golden.
  • Take your BAEnana, cut it in half and put it in the oven for 5-6mins until hot but not gooey.
  • In a saucepan add your blueberries, the juice of half a lemon, 3 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of honey. Turn on to a mid-high heat. Keep stirring and let it come to a boil. Reduce heat and let it simmer so that the water evaporates and the juice becomes more syrupy in consistency.

Remove BAEnana from the oven, plate it up. Cover it with crunchy granola and blueberries, drizzle with honey and serve with yogurt.

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