Today in My History
Nose to the Grindstone
Books Read in 2020
12 February 2020
It was 3 a.m. and I was waking up, as usual, to make a trip to the bathroom. I sat up and immediately my leg seized up in a big cramp. I get cramps often, but usually just my calf. This was the whole leg, from ankle to hip.
I started getting cramps when I first became pregnant and leg cramps were just a part of my pregnancy. I learned early on that the best way to un-cramp a cramp was to stand on a cold floor--standing on a rug didn't do it.
Now we have no rugs in the house so standing on the cold floor is immediate so the cramp is short-lived, but it's still a rotten way to wake up.
They say that cramps are improved by upping your potassium level and the best way to do that is by eating a banana. Bananas are something that are on our shopping list every time.
I hate to think how many cramps I would get if I didn't eat bananas!
Buying a banana is tricky. How many to buy? I like them while they are still slightly green (and from what I have read, when they are greenish, they have more fiber and as they ripen, they have less fiber, so slightly green is nutritionally preferable). But they also taste better (to me) slightly green. However, bananas ripen quickly, so you can't really "stock up" on bananas because in 2 or 3 days, they will be more ripe than I like them and then I'll have to make banana bread or muffins. Fortunately Walt likes riper bananas.
Bananas have been big in my life for what seems like forever. When I was living with my roommate, Gerry, we found so many ways to use bananas that I made a book for her called "The versatile banana."
Maybe one of the most unusual recipes was for a banana meat loaf. In fact, there are two recipes for banana meat loaf in the book. (Mix 1 lb hamburger, 1 cup bread crumbs, 1/2 tsp paprika, 2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 Tbsp chopped onion, 3/4 cup mashed bananas. Shape into loaf, and bake at 350 for an hour)
Some other recipes include banana and spinach fry; fried bananas and rum; grape, banana and cheese salad; bananas in sour cream; 7 versions of banana bread; souffl�s, fritters, lots of baked bananas including wine taster's baked bananas, etc. And one of my favorite desserts--whipped bananas (puree 6 bananas with 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup orange juice. Whip 1 pt cream until stiff. Fold into bananas and chill. Serve topped with whipping cream and chocolate shavings).
After a lifetime of eating and cooking with bananas, imagine my amazement when I realized that I had been peeling bananas the wrong way all those years. They say that gorillas peel bananas from the bottom, not the top. Apparently primates peel bananas from the bottom and there is even a video about it.
So I always peel my banana from the bottom but then I watched a gorilla actually eating a banana and realized that it doesn't actually peel it, but kind of chomps it off at the end...but at the bottom end.
So every time I eat a banana, I think
of gorillas. And now that I have written this entry, I realize that there
is more than one way to use those overripe bananas. I may use this recipe
book more than I have in a long time.
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Happy birthday, Alice Nan!
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