Wednesday, March 4, 2009

An Ode to the Banana

I accidentally found out how I can have the whole bunch of 6 bananas all to myself. Well, almost.

On Saturday I was doing the self-checkout thing at the grocery store. I wait until toward the end of my order to ring up the bananas so they don't get hit with a bunch of stuff and get bruised as everything rolls down the checkout lane. So this time, that's what I was doing, only as I was taking the bananas out of the cart, I fumbled them and dropped them on the floor. The line was long and people (I imagine in my paranoid mind) were watching. I rang them up, finished up and left. And got home with some seriously bruised bananas. My husband is very picky about his bananas and wouldn't touch these with a 10 foot pole.

I wanted to use them up right away before they deteriorated any more. The first thing I did on Sunday morning was make strawberry jell-o and poured it over the worst two bananas, which I had cleaned up and diced. This is my favorite jell-o thing: Strawberry jell-o with bananas. My husband ate his share without comment. Well, actually, he enjoyed the whole dinner and was very complimentary about the whole thing but the jell-o was not the focus of the discussion.

The second thing I did Sunday evening was to make a banana sundae. Think of an ice cream sundae with a sprinkle of (75% off clearance Valentine) M&Ms and a drizzle of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup. Now in your mind's eye, substitute two more bananas, trimmed up and diced instead of the ice cream. Yummy!!! And healthier, right? than an ice cream sundae. I think I invented this. A banana sundae is really good with caramel sauce.

Another favorite snack is just a small amount of M&Ms (about 1/2 of the small single-serving size packages) in a small bowl, peel the banana, break it in half, and dip the flat end into the M&Ms so three or four stick to it, take a bite and repeat until it's all gone. Yummy again!!!

The last two bananas of the ill-gotten bunch were trimmed up and cut up to go with my cereal on Monday and Tuesday.

And just when I thought I had the best banana story of the week? My daughter called and said that her bunch of bananas took a suicidal jump from the top of the fridge to the floor and only about the top 10% of each banana is edible. It's been a bad week to be a banana!


Leila said...

"It's been a bad week to be a banana!"


You are a clever one!

Thanks for your kind comment!

blackbird said...

I'm tickled by the 75% off in parens.

My gang is just the same. One mark on a banana and it is doomed.