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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fruit Salad

Okay, so I have a lot of weird compulsions but the one pertinent for today's post is that I constantly buy bananas. Haha, I know that's not the craziest thing I could possibly do but it's a little bizarre and usually means a lot of fruit flies and frozen bananas in the apartment. I can't see a banana and not buy some, even if I already have some.
Here's a recent breakfast using up one of the, like, six bananas that were in the kitchen:


banana, cherries, strawberries, blackberries dusted with unsweetened coconut flakes and with a squeeze of lemon.
How do you guys use up your bananas?? I really ought to bake some banana bread soon. Or up my intake to two bananas a day.

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  1. Haha, a banana obsession eh? Could be worse...seems like I always have bananas getting too ripe, so my freezer's full of them too. I prefer banana soft serve or smoothies to banana bread any day, but that's just me.

    Your fruit bowl looks delish...I love this time of year for all the berries and fruit in season.

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  2. hahaha, i love bananas too -- you could make some banana soft serve! :)

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    1. Oh I just did :) It was the best so far!

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  3. Banana bread is always a good go-to recipe for too many bananas (and I have a great recipe), but I have the opposite problem from you. I have to kind of plan for banana bread. I tend to buy only a few bananas at a time so if they get overripe, I usually don't have enough to make a good banana bread. Fortunately, my sweetie has taken to freezing them for his smoothies.

    By the way, you could also make muffins!

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    1. Have you ever tried the speed-ripening process of microwaving a banana? I am wary but curious!

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  4. Haha omg I'm so with you! It drives me nuts when I don't have bananas in the house! I eat them so often I know I'm going to want one when I don't have one which is why I make sure to always have one ;) I'm hoping to make banana bread or muffins soon too.

    The fruit salad looks amazing! I need to get my hands on more cherries soon!

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  5. ahahaha!
    I compulsively buy bananas too. But I upped my banana intake to two a long time ago. I think it's their bright yellow colour that does it. The naughty little things.

    I freeze most of mine for smoothies, but I like using them as a sweetener in place of agave or maple syrup or something. I'm trying to stay away from any added sweeteners, so. Especially agave, now. :x

    But I think you should make some banana bread. Didn't you make PPK's chocolate swirled banana bread one time? I remember you making that. I do. Because I remember it looked bomb. And I wanted to make it. But I didn't..
    yet.

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    1. I WOULD say make it now! But you won't even be able to take wonderful photos of it, so what's the point at all?? *SOB*

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  6. I finally got a hold on my banana buying addiction and haven't looked back since. I still have a bunch in my freezer and can use them for baking or smoothies, so, I'm good :-) Haven't bought any more yet, and actually, am not compelled to, it's weird. Just try taking a break, that's what worked for me :-))

    Oh, and that chocolate swirled banana bread from PPK? Yeah, that one is AMAZING (I made it over the winter, YEAH!).

    Better bake that bread tomorrow before that 2nd heat wave hits, though :-)

    XOXO

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    1. P.S. I bought bananas today when I totally did not need any! I think you must have got me thinking about them :-) You enabler, you!

      XOXO

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    2. Not the first time I've been called an enabler. I'm sorry!

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  7. I usually put bananas in my smoothies with protein powder and other frozen fruit.

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    1. Yes I am going to buy protein powder tomorrow AND THEN!

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  8. I should be constantly buying bananas! I'll remember to buy a bunch that looks overripe and freeze for smoothies, but not remember to buy some for fresh enjoyment. I approve of your banana-ness!

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    1. I approve of your impending bananosity!

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  9. I constantly buy bananas too! But, forgive the strong language, I fucking hate fruit flies. Once, they took over my house for. literally. four. months. And they all congregated around the sink, and nothing I did made their numbers cease - the killing sprees I went on only temporarily dampened their population. They just kept spawning. Nothing is worse than waking up, stumbling to the sink to pour some water, and have a cloud of 10 fruit flies come to life. Dark days.

    But bananas are awesome! And the good thing is if you have too many, then they can be frozen for things like banana ice cream, smoothies, and banana bread! Plus they're super cheap, so why not?

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    1. Fruit flies call for strong language. They are pests among pests. Summer is not a happy time for fruit left out of the fridge - and bananas are weird when they're cold! Good point tho, they are cheap! And Dawn called ME an enabler?!

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  10. Roasted banana bread! For reals! It's the best! http://leitesculinaria.com/58610/recipes-gluten-free-banana-bread.html Just no eggs, of course.

    Lovin' the fruit salad!

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    1. OH, and randoms, but do you have a twitter account? (referenced banana craziness & would have @you, but didn't know what yours was if you have one).

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    2. Oh wow, I will try that for sures. Thanks! I do have a twitter - we may have interacted on there once or twice, semi-anonymously (@antimaud)

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    3. AHHHHHHHHHHH got it. Awesome!

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  11. There are probably worse things you could be buying than bananas. I think my husband REALLY likes bananas because no matter how many we buy, they always disappear and I'm lucky to get one. I like them especially in smoothies and raw ice cream. And when I bake, bananas are often involved. The fruit flies suck.

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    1. Haha, acutally my dad is the same way - if there is one in the house, he will eat it. I wonder if that "bananas are going to be extinct" scare is over with??

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  12. That's a gorgeous fruit salad. Whatever happened with falling in the pot hole? Is the city going to 'make you whole'?

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    1. Thank you, Shen. As for the pot hole, I called the city info line and reported its existence. Hopefully no one else falls victim to its depths. However, seeing as how I was pretty tipsy when I fell in, I don't think the city owes me the $$big buxxx$$ :(

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    2. I'm sure the majority of Brooklynites are in an impaired state most if not all of the time. You were just going about your normal business. Nice of you to report it though.

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  13. There are currently 5 bunches of bananas (that's 25+ bananas) sitting in my fruit bowl. I hoard bananas, too. I buy so many to freeze for the chocolate banana milkshakes I require daily. Not to mention, they're so cheap and delicious. The perfect fruit. Ahh.

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    1. chocolate banana milkshakes sound like something I could get down with...

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  14. Forget the bananas (tasty as they are)...I was lusting after the bowl. I have a bowl compulsion and need to collect them...especially little hand made ones. Dehydrate those babies (bananas...not bowls...) and turn them into the visual equivalent of something that a dog left on the pavement. They taste absolutely delish and you can cut them into pieces and use them in all sorts of things. If you don't have a dehydrator or can't be buggered with phaffing about dehydrating bananas...try wearing them as earrings...maybe you could hand some out to homeless people and do your civic duty? They are full of some sort of vitamin that is good (I am a font of all information aren't I?) so perhaps mash them up and make breakfast muffins? I think you just need to get into the habit of eating more. We had a Cyclone a few years back that took all of the banana plants out of the picture from the top end of Australia and bananas went from .99c a kilo up to $15 (the most expensive that I saw)...NOONE ate them! You suddenly realised (even if you HATED bananas) that you wanted bananas more than you wanted your kids. You only miss those suckers when they are gone. Back to "meh" with them now. But bowls...;)

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