Wednesday, April 6, 2011

E Is For...


Which immediately makes me think "King of the 'ew?" "The Britains!" "'ew are the Britains?" "We all are. We are all Britains, and I am your King." "Well I didn't vote for you."

I can keep going but I'll spare you. "Ew" in this case actually refers to this:

I know, I know, this is a banana, and you guys are all thinking "Um, Liz, banana starts with B. Didn't you go to Kindergarten?"

Why yes I did go to Kindergarten, and by the time I was in first grade I was so advanced in reading that I had my own reading group all to myself. I named it the Magic Cats. (My life seems to have gone downhill from there.)

Anyway, I digress. See, I never liked bananas. Not ever in my entire life. Occasionally when I was little my mom would slice them on my cereal and I'd eat it and be like "yeah, ok, this isn't a bad addition," but I would never just sit down and peel and eat a banana. Banana bread, however, is to die for.

Then I grew up and I thought that I should try bananas again. I thought to myself, self, bananas are good for you and it's not like they have an intense flavor that offends you (I'm not one for spicy food) and it's full of neat-o stuff like Potassium, which is supposed to be good for you, whatever that is, so you should just man up.

(Digression for photo of Brian from Family Guy doing the "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" dance:


And we're back.

Anyway, I grew up and started buying bananas here and there. And occasionally I'd eat one, and think to myself, "meh." So herein lies the problem. I buy bananas because I think I should eat bananas, because eating bananas will make me feel better about myself or some ridiculous notion. So I buy them and I set them on the counter in this cute fruit basket my mom bought me (therefore making me feel obligated to put fruit in it) and then every time I see them sitting there I'm like "meh" and walk on by.

And then they go bad.

And there is nothing more "ew" or vom-worthy than an old banana. Well, actually there are probably many things. But it's up there.

I'm destined to keep buying bananas because it's a habit I cannot break. I even tried eating one the other day before it got too ripe but it wasn't ripe enough and gave me a stomach ache. Very sneaky, banana. So I guess my only solution is to keep buying them and watch them get too ripe and learn how to make them into banana bread. Which is yummy.

So anyone have a good banana bread recipe they want to share?

And does anyone else remember Bananas In Pajamas? Because they were totally awesome. Only bananas I ever really liked.


Eileen Wiedbrauk said...

are you shitting me? Bananas in Pajamas were horrendous! (or maybe that's just b/c I was forced to watch them while babysitting less than pleasant children)

"Oh say, B-1."
"What's that B-2?"
"How about we have a picnic B-1?"
"That sounds jolly B-2."
"Then how'd ya get 'lected?"
"The lady of the lake held Excalibur aloft from her breast and said ..."

... hmm all British accents, though perhaps different shows

Liz said...

Oh come on!

"Bananas, in pajamas, are coming down the stairs!
Bananas, in pajamas, are coming down in pairs!"

It was adorable!

Laura said...

yay - I loved bananas in pjs!
nice to meet you

Trisha said...

I love banana bread, banana cake, etc. but I don't love bananas. :P

Missed Periods said...

One of my best friends was obsessed with Bananas in Pajamas. Me? Banana bread.

C R Ward said...

I'm not familiar with Bananas in Pajamas, but I did watch the Banana Splits. :-)

Here's a link to a good banana bread recipe:

If you want it to be a great recipe, add a cup of chocolate chips to it. Or, when you cut a piece, drizzle chocolate sauce over it. Seriously! It's really good!

Deniz Bevan said...

Just cos some watery tart handed you a sword...
Great A-Z series so far! And I loved the photos of your cat, she is very cute. Any news on the sibling?

Sidney said...

Great post and a great banana bread recipe here. It has some nice citrus flavors which perk up that "meh" banana flavor.

I look forward to seeing new posts from you in my RSS feed!

A fellow A-to-Z'er.

Deirdra Eden-Coppel said...

I'm a cat lover too! I love your site and as I browsed your blog I decided to award you the Powerful Woman Writer Award.
Go to and pick up your award.

Liz said...

Aw, yay! Thank you! :)