So what’s with bananas? I mean, is it on anyone’s list of favorite fruit? I’ve often wondered about this every time I walk past them stacked up in all their yellow glory in the supermarkets. They seem to sit there, waiting eagerly for shoppers to stop and pick up a bunch. On rare occasions do I see people actually picking them up and placing them in their carts.
While I like bananas, I just do not feel the mad affection for them like I do for mangoes or apricots. Bananas are just plain bananas to me. I have never felt a crazy craving for them and like the other shoppers at the supermarket, on rare occasions will I actually place them in my shopping cart.
Bananas seem to be socially unattractive. Compare them to ruby red cherries, or shiny, crunchy apples or the immaculately and neatly grouped grapes; one can immediately see what issues arise with the seemingly benign banana on say ... a first date.
Let’s take the obvious first – the shape of the banana is rather odd and allow fantasy its full run, it resembles other odd shaped objects ... like the receiver of a 1980s telephone.
And which end is easier to peel? It is said the bottom end of the banana is easier to peel but can you imagine groping your banana on your first date, not really sure which end to peel it? Should you finally get around to peeling the banana what happens if there is that awful brown mushy spot on the flesh? Do you ignore it and gorge the banana down offending brown spot and all?
What about those nasty, furry strings? How do you elegantly get rid of those? There is nothing sexy about those kinds of strings!
If the first date happens to be a picnic, never EVER, pack a banana with the rest of the food. The odor of a banana penetrates every type of food around them. Quiche Lorraine will be infected with the unique mushy smell of the banana, pâté will reek of musty bananas, turkey sandwiches will become banana-turkey and I cannot even imagine the hideousness of tuna-banana! After a tainted first date like that – game over! It might take a herculean act to get to the next level of a second date.
Bananas belong in the privacy of our kitchens, where no one sees us fumbling with the peel, removing the unattractive stings with our fingers and biting into the sweet creamy flesh. While the energy booster might not be the perfect food for a first date, bananas are simply divine in muffins, cakes, breads and desserts. So, instead of packing a banana for your next picnic how about indulging in this sour cream maple banana cake?
The banana flavors are just perfect together with the tangy sour cream and sweet syrup. Here, those unique, ripe flavors from the bananas feel right at home, making this cake beautifully moist and luscious. It's perfect for any date be it the first romantic picnic, a play date or a coffee date with your girlfriends.
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You might like these fruity treats from WFLH:
|Banana Brioche Pudding with Baileys Caramel Cream||Chocolate Banana Breads with Pistachios, Pink Praline and Au Naturel||Ginger Mango Bread|
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