Love food, hate waste? Love food, hate bananas blackening in the fruit bowl? Rob went to throw the bananas out today and I swore to him that I was going to make banana bread with them. He sighed, because he knows about my waste-not-want-not cooking: the piles of butter wrappers stacked up in the fridge – like unfulfilled promises of cake – because they are so useful for buttering a tin, and the glasses of egg white saved from when egg yolk’s been needed in a recipe, with which I promise to make meringue.
But today I did it! And for the first time, I made banana bread with honey, adapting a recipe I found online at Lick My Spoon. I had to adapt because it called for apparently exotic things like oats which are really difficult to find in Kosovo (I substituted a muesli made with mixed oats, barley, puffed rice, sunflower seeds, and raisins. I had contemplated picking out everything but the oats but life is too short) and self-raising flour which is impossible to find here (though ever so easy to improvise – I just added 4 teaspoons of baking powder, or one and a third packets, for those living in the former Yugoslavia where it’s impossible to buy baking powder in any quantity other than a cute little sachet containing 3 teaspoonfuls).
The texture that resulted is fantastic, which I think is because of the shredded coconut. I used a non-standard loaf tin but the final product was so huge that although I will no doubt eat and love it all, in future I would halve the quantities.
But then what would I do with the other blackened banana?
My book, Travels in Blood and Honey; becoming a beekeeper in Kosovo came out this summer with Signal Books. Gift packs of signed or inscribed copies of the book, with a Kosovan crafted honey drizzler, are also available through me.