Monday, April 3, 2017

B is for BANANA TREE, VERY PRETTY: Food For Thought #AtoZ

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
My daily #AtoZ posts combine two concepts in under-300-words per day:
an appealing food choice along with thoughts that spring to mind.
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Though not so exotic as some Hawaiian fruits, the banana, or more specifically the apple banana is a favorite of mine. It makes a sweet treat on its own any time. Sliced and eaten with creamy peanut butter, either in a sandwich or straight, is a nourishing meal and a quick source of energy.
 
While researching my third Pepper Bibeau mystery on the Big Island of Hawai'i, I stayed at a spa outside of Hawi in North Kohala. The property was rampant with fruit trees, and the bananas were ripe for the picking. Imagine strolling outside on a crisp tropical morning and gathering your breakfast fresh from a swaying banana tree. With no one around to monitor your take, you might even help yourself to more than one!
 
The sight of the rising sun seeping through the dark green banana tree leaves will jumpstart the imagination of even the most writer-blocked author.
 

For years, I enjoyed baking banana bread on weekends. To this day, the memory of butter melting on a warm, fresh-from-the-oven slice makes my mouth water. The only thing better is a favorite dessert, Bananas Foster, which is halved bananas saut√©ed in a combination of several ingredients including butter, brown sugar, and dark rum. Spoon the mix over vanilla ice cream and serve immediately.  
 
Have you ever had the "real deal" of
Bananas Foster at Brennen's in N'awlins or
apple bananas ripe from the tree in Hawai'i? 
 
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5 comments:

  1. Bananas are one of my favourite fruit and I don't think people often realise how potent it is in terms of goodness for your health. They say it's a very powerful anti-cancer, especially when very well riped.
    But hey, it's so nice I'd eat it even if it had no property at all ;-)

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter - 1940s Film Noir

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    1. Besides, there are so many delectable ways to eat bananas, and they come in their own carrying case! Thank you for visiting today, Sarah.

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  2. We are huge banana consumers. I like mine just past green, crispy tasting and slightly firm. Hubby does as well, but he will also eat them as they ripen. Not me - too sweet. LOL!

    DB McNicol, author & traveler
    Theme: Oh, the places we will go!

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    1. Oh, and I like the apple bananas because they are so sweet. Although, with peanut butter, any banana will do. Looking forward to traveling with you this month, Donna!

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  3. Sounds wonderful! I like bananas, but didn't think I would like banana bread until I found a recipe for a coconut-lime version I had to try. It's amazing.

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