s came to visit me for the weekend.
s and i have known each other since my first year of graduate school. i served as her formal mentor a few years back. she shared a challenging experience that deepened our relationship, and we’ve been super close ever since.
you could also say, “and the rest is history.” totally applicable in our case.
we cook when we’re together. we’ve been doing that since we’ve known each other. food grounds our relationship. we have the best conversations making, eating, and sharing food. we would volunteer to cook for big campus events. we’d make a dinner for a close group of friends. we’d cook instead of going to the cafeteria or out to dinner.
one of our favorite things to make together is banana bread. we don’t make it with anyone else. that’s how special it is to us.
we debated adding walnuts or chocolate chips into the batter. but, we were going to also use the loaf to make french toast the following morning. we opted out on the add-ins. but, i recommend either of those. walnuts are s’s fave.
i also recommend listening to this song when making your banana bread. it’s what we did. it was the song of the weekend.
yield one loaf
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
a pinch nutmeg
a pinch of salt
recommended add-ins: walnuts, cinnamon chips, or chocolate chips
preheat oven to 350. prepare a loaf pan by spraying it with nonstick cooking spray. in a large bowl, combine bananas and butter. add sugar, egg, vanilla, and spices. stir in baking soda and salt. mix in flour. pour into prepared loaf pan. bake for about one hour. cool, slice, nom!