Last week, my boyfriend and I pondered about what we should eat on election night in Australia. We live and work in the nation's capital, Canberra, and a lot of our work is influenced by which political party is in office. There's almost non-stop talk about politics during election time. However, we haven't always live in Canberra so these things are slightly novel. And since elections happen once every four years, election nights are even more novel (well to me at least).So when he asked what we should eat on election night, I excitedly said 'Burgers! Pizza! Let's have a picnic!' He quickly 'denounced' my suggestions and said in a mocking manner, 'No, we have to eat what middle to middle-upper class Canberrans would eat' (well something along those lines at least). In Canberra, election night parties are commonplace whereas I don't think I've even seen these happen outside Canberra.
Anyway, we somehow agreed on hot dogs, a classic junk food meal. I wouldn't say that I 'won' the discussion with my non-classy suggestions – it's probably because my boyfriend couldn't think of anything else to eat... and I'm a bit picky with my food so he let me choose.
Until then, I hadn't had a hot dog for years. So when I unwrapped my unattractive veggie sausages from the package, I remembered how ugly sausages really are but how ridiculously easy it is to make a hot dog.I always seem to have sweet things and breakfast on my mind so, a few days later, I converted the classic hot dog into something much more 'me'. Banana, peanut butter, jam. I fried up some apple to create psuedo caramelised onion. That is all, and it was amazingly easy and delicious.
It's packed with wholefoods so that means you can have it for dessert AND breakfast!
The below recipe is, of course, just a suggestion for fillings for a sweet hot dog, 'chips' and a 'gherkin'. Feel free to deviate and add chocolate, more fruit or anything that your heart desires!
Banana peanut butter & jam hot dog
- ½ apple
- 3 tbsp raspberries + 1 tsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp peanut butter, or any other nut butter + 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp coconut nectar + ½ tsp cacao, optional
- 1 banana, try to get one which is as straight as possible
- 1 hot dog bun, I used wholemeal
- ⅛ cup mixture of any nuts, seeds or coconut, I used sunflower, coconut and buckwheat
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 2 tbsp any light-coloured sweetener, such as rice malt syrup or maple syrup
- ½ apple
- To make the 'hot dog': Cut the apple into thin matchsticks and saute on a frypan until soft. Set aside.
- Add the raspberries and chia seeds to a small bowl. Mash the raspberries with a fork, mix with the chia seeds and set aside to thicken.
- In another small bowl, add the peanut butter and turmeric. Mix until combined.
- (Optional) In another small bowl, add the coconut nectar and cacao. Use a pastry brush to brush the mixture onto the banana.
- To assemble 'hot dog': Make a deep cut into the hot dog bun. Arrange apple sticks, banana, raspberry jam and peanut butter as desired.
- To make the 'gherkin': Add nuts/seeds and matcha to a small food processor/blender and process until it forms large crumbs. Add the rice malt syrup and process until combined. Remove the mixture and mould into a gherkin shape.
- To make the 'chips': Preheat grill to medium heat and line a baking tray. Cut the apple into thin matchsticks and place on baking tray. Grill for 5 minutes or until desired.
- Serve the hot dog with the 'gherkin' and 'chips'!