March 24, 2011

Bananas

How do bananas make me feel so. . . guilty?

These particular four bananas had been going darker and darker and softer and softer until they started to kind of get sticky underneath.  I should just throw them out, I thought.  Into the trash.  Off the counter.  But I have a hard time throwing away bananas because I know they turn into fabulous banana bread.  And what a shame it would be not have that for breakfast tomorrow.

So the bananas sat another day.  And another.  And I certainly wasn't going to do anything with them on my sad, bad day.  But today was better.  The sun was out.  It is my husband's "speed limit" birthday (55).  I was going to bake a cake and it would take no time at all to mix up a batch of banana bread to slide into the oven when the cake came out.

But I do have to confess that I can throw out nearly everything else. Moldy yogurt.  Gone.  Leftovers from the back of the fridge.  Gone.  Stale bread from the cupboard.  History.  But bananas. . . what can I say?





And P.S.  Thanks for all your kind comments yesterday.  You're the best.

15 comments:

  1. How focused you are today. A small topic with a big problem! Perhaps you just like to bake? We like barely ripened bananas in this house. Once they are yellow, I take them to school, cut them up and the kids all gobble them up.

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  2. What I like about Slice of Life is you never know when you might come across a post so unexpected as bananas ..
    :)
    I love bananas, and eat them before they get ripe. But I have tossed a banana or two into our compost pile over the years.
    Kevin

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  3. May I say that you nailed it! I eat bananas nearly every day, but sometimes they get ahead of me & I don't like overripe ones. Yet, I too cannot throw them away. Sometimes I even wonder if our squirrels might like them. And-your 2nd point: these yellow, mushy things do make the best bread. Thanks for reminding us that we do have the little problems that nag!

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  4. I blame my mother for not throwing away bananas...she always makes banana bread. I resort to sticking them in the freezer so I can make the bb when I have time!! (but I simply cannot throw them away).

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  5. That reminds me that I need to do something with those bananas in my fruit bowl. Banana bread is oh so yummy!

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  6. Me too! I have three in my fridge right now that might even be beyond banana bread. :)

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  7. I'm with you--just can't toss 'em. However, sometimes I do peel them and freeze them for smoothies. But then--how many bags of frozen bananas can one REALLY use?

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  8. Banana bread is the best. When I don't have time to bake and the bananas are getting very ripe, I put them in a ziplock and freeze. Christmas time I back banana bread for each of my kids' teachers - that's a lot of middle school and high school teachers. They love the treat. We love making it. Love the post. So unique. I love your thoughts. Thanks for sharing. MaryHelen

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  9. Yes, those bananas. There's something about bananas. I made an ode to the tomato today, maybe the banana is next!!!

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  10. What a fun post. I am glad that you were able to make your banana bread and I hope that your husband had a great birthday.

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  11. Seriously, Elizabeth, how is this happening?? How are our lives running so parallel? I have an entire bunch of bananas in my fridge right now waiting for the time when I can no longer put off making some banana bread.

    I should also mention that plans are underway to head to CA in May. A friend on sabbatical researches Japanese internment and she has to head to LA, San Jose, and, perhaps, Riverside, and I'm planning to tag along (if I can work out some flights). And if you aren't too busy with the end of the semester, a dinner might have to be in the works, as well.

    What happens when parallel tracks all of a sudden become perpendicular?

    -Carrie

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  12. I love the speed limit birthday idea. I'll have to use that on my parents cake. He he he! The nastier the bananas, the sweeter the banana bread. I remember my mom putting them in brown bags so they would be ready for banana bread sporting events. Yum!

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  13. I have never made banana bread without a mix. Really! But this post has made me think maybe I should make some banana bread. I'm partial to vanilla ice cream with sliced bananas, drizzled honey, and sunflower seeds.

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  14. Oh, bananas! I thought I was going bananas today! That's why I picked your slice to comment on and yes, I agree I can't throw them out either. I love banana bread. I will even freeze them and save them and use them in banana bread another day! It works. I thank you too for writing on my slices! This community of writers is so compassionate for each other! Thank you! Have a great weekend and don't go bananas! Their good for you just like writing!!!! Happy slicing! :)

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  15. Bananas must be a spring food. My students have been singing that line from "Hollaback Girl" constantly lately (where Gwen Stefani spells bananas). Anyway, I love the question at the beginning and end. Great bookends!

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