Monday, November 17, 2008

Black walnuts and old bananas

There is something you need to know about me. I have a very hard time throwing away old bananas. It's silly I know...I don't have any trouble tossing out bad lettuce, oranges or even old apples. But those bananas...they are hard to toss. My mother used to make delicious banana muffins out of old bananas, and although I travel most every weekend to the far corners of the nation--and work at the church in what time I'm at home. Although I push myself to write two to three books a year--and all three of my children are playing sports (that I support by watching) I still feel like I need to make something out of those bananas.

Then there are also those black walnuts. I have the hardest time not going out there and collecting those walnuts. They are falling all over the place, and staining the streets. When Mikel was a toddler, she collected them for me, and got covered with black "stuff." I don't remember actually cooking with them--I most likely gave them to my mother. She loves to bake with them. If the truth be known, I don't even like black walnuts--they taste like they've musted even when they're supposedly good.

What is it about me that is plagued by bananas and black walnuts? Come to think of it--wouldn't they both be tasty in a bread???


Becky said...

You can freeze the bananas. You don't have to peel them or anything. Just plop them in the freezer and there they stay until you're ready to use them. When they thaw they are REALLY mushy - great for banana cakes or breads.

Melissa said...

I am making you my personal favorite best banana bread in the world and bringing it Thurs!


Kevin said...


I just read this and I must confess that I have the same problem. Kevin can't stand to see the "black" bananas on my counter and I have to convince him that it makes wonderful banana bread. Well, as we speak, or type, I have black bananas on my counter and am planning on making banana bread, and also lots of cookies, chocolate covered pretzels and peanut clusters for our friends here in town. You never know, you may find a little package on your back gate in the next couple of days and thank the Lord for those black bananas! :o)