After 5 years of marriage I learned that my husband likes bananas and will eat one a morning…… good to know after 5 years. Ha! Good grief. But, as it happens, when you buy a bunch of bananas inevitably a few go soft. And when a few go bad you make banana bread (or freeze them for future smoothies). This is the banana bread I came across a few years ago and I truly enjoy it. This bread flavored with nutmeg and rum is top notch. It’s the ladylike version of banana bread. There’s no chocolate chunks, no nuts. No eggs either! The fat comes from a stick of butter and I applied Dan Shepard’s creaming method of incorporating a bit of the flour into the butter before adding the rest of the dry and wet ingredients. It domed beautifully and formed a lovely crackle crust on top from the sprinkle of demerara/turbinado/raw sugar. Continue reading
This recipe is an oldie but a goodie. I’ve been making it for years – it’s from Heidi Swanson, a genius vegetarian who’s taught me so much. Spring is the perfect time to make this salad. It’s an asparagus salad and I found lots of asparagus at the farmers market! Yay!!!!!
Two things struck me about this salad when I first started making it. First, hominy. I’m not sure if I ever had hominy before this salad. The best hominy is the dried version – when I can, I buy mine from Rancho Gordo. The dried hominy transforms this salad into extraordinary. You taste the corn, you taste a slight saltiness from boiling the hominy in salted water…. It’s amazing. Now, you can use canned and its still a perfectly lovely salad. In fact I’ve done that here… I was out of dried hominy and I wanted to put my local, seasonal asparagus to good use. To imitate dried and cooked hominy season it well before adding it to the salad. I may try leaving it in a salt water solution next time if I don’t have dried. I can’t let an asparagus season go by without making this salad. Continue reading
Today is Earth Day. However, I like to treat every day like Earth Day. Since moving to Hawaii the need to reduce my consumption and produce less trash has become even more evident. It wasn’t until I moved here that it hit home where “away” is. We throw stuff “away”…. where is away? Hawaii is “away”. Most beaches along the Pacific rim are “away”. Walk along the stunning beaches and you’ll quickly discover that the sand is littered with broken bits of plastic. It comes from every imaginable source – toys, bottles, toothpaste caps and floss, straws – anything that’s made of plastic is winding up on the beach. These gorgeous, ecologically diverse beaches….. It’s even more disconcerting when gigantic fishing nets wash ashore. They bring with them straggled marine life – each net weighs thousands of pounds. If you live some place landlocked you don’t see this, but you probably have a landfill near you and sometimes you can smell the refuse. Plastic use and throwing away food are two of the biggest kitchen involved environmental blights we can easily diminish. Continue reading