That pretty much sums up life, right?
I’ve discovered there are some opportunities which present themselves to us and seem timeless. They seem as though if we wait on seizing them, they will be there for us when we are ready. They have no where to go, no where else to be. They’ll be exactly the same as when we left them. In fact, they’ll be happy and feel fulfilled when we get back! Right, Kendra, right… because eeeeeeeverything is just waiting for you. Mmmmhmmmmm…
So, let’s consider my basil scenario. During the final days of September there came a bit of crispness in the air. Afraid the slight frost might bite my beautiful basil, I cut it all down. An opportunity to make a hefty batch of pesto which I could freeze and take advantage of during the winter months had presented itself in neon lights! With all good intentions, I wrapped my basil in a damp towel, sealed it snuggly in plastic and left it in the refrigerator until the weekend I was ready (er… had time) to prepare such a treat.
The following Monday (about 5 days later), I had such time… the basil, however, had no such plans of participating. Dead, translucent and slimy, it had crossed over from lush to mush as time, temperature, and nature-of-decay took over. I immediately blamed the chilly environment of our refrigerator, my hectic schedule, and the dog (poor Jasper seriously had nothing to do with this)! I commiserated over not being able to preserve the summer. My heart was broken. My soul was crushed! And all I could really do was blame myself for being lazy during the week and not processing this delicate herb sooner!
I thought long and hard about sharing this miserable story as I want to be perfect all the time, but I think the lesson here is greater than having actually procured the pesto.
Now, happier thoughts! I made a kick ass Banana Bread to make up for it.
Lesson 1: Don’t be lazy. If a good opportunity is there, take it.
Lesson 2: The freezer is your friend.
Lesson 3: You don’t need a freaking Kitchen Aid to make a bangin’ Banana Bread (though they look awesome on your counter top and if I ever get around to putting together a wedding registry, you can bet your ass there will be a hot one on there).
Lesson 4: Bangin’ Banana Bread Recipe…
4 to 5 ripe bananas, frozen then defrosted
1/4 c Unsalted Butter, melted
1 Egg, beaten
1/2 c Sugar in the Rawwww
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Salt (I used coarse)
1 T Cinnamon and Nutmeg
1 1/2 c AP Unbleached Flour, or even whole wheat
Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 4×8 bread pan.
In a large mixing bowl, use your upper body strength and mash the hell out of the bananas. Use a fork and switch between your arms so that your right arm isn’t stronger than your left. Mix in the melted butter then the egg, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cin/nutmeg. Once that’s smooth, shake in your flour. Mix, but don’t oooooover mix.
Here you can have fun. I added in dark chocolate morsels, but next time I make it I’ll sub the morsels for dried fruit and pecans.
Another sub can be applesauce for the butter.