Beat oil and sugar together. Add eggs and
mashed bananas and beat well. Add dry ingredients, milk and vanilla. Mix
well. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan. Stir in chocolate chips to
taste. Decorate with walnuts on top. Bake in a preheated 350 degree (175 C)
oven about an hour- the top will brown and a knife will come out clean.
Serve sliced, warm with butter. (The original recipe calls for chopped nuts
instead of chocolate chips- up to you)
February 10, 2011
So what is a banana bread recipe doing in a blog? The
background is true- it's the only thing I make well, I did alter it a bit
from the original in our ancient cooking encyclopedia, and it was featured
in our previous website. And it's SO tasty.
But the immediate reason was Nancy's challenge on Facebook, that my posts
were too political. My response was that I would balance my old-timey
liberal posts with a nice heartland recipe to show my lighter side. And here
There was an interesting aspect of deja vu to this
encounter. Once upon a time when the internet was young, I innocently
forwarded a political piece to a bunch of my contacts. I constantly receive
posts that are bland or obnoxious or politically not to my taste or simply
dumb, and I delete them ad lib. But one of my correspondents, instead of
thinking "what a jerk" and pressing "delete" replied to my forwarded message
with a vituperous response on the order of "How dare you send me this
godawful offensive material you total reprobate." Wow....I was floored. Talk
about killing the messenger. I fell all over myself apologizing sincerely
for my un-self-censoring outrageous act. And I thought I'd learned a lesson
for good and all. But perhaps I haven't. You really have to tread carefully
March 20, 2011
There is a commercial I
hate- so much so, that I begin talking to the TV screen when it comes on.
It's not about a product, but about the environment, about sustaining and
protecting the environment? How can I be against something so clearly GOOD.
A young lady appears and
tells us that Israel is drying out. And her face starts to dry and fall off.
Horrors! yes, Israel is drying out and we have to be careful in our use of
water. We have to conserve. We're not getting enough rain! Our winters are
so dry. We have to do something! Like they said in The Bronx so long ago,
Don't Flush For Everything.
Only there's a problem
here. Israel has been short of water for many years. The winters have been
dry for years. The population has been growing for years. And the Water
Department has found its solution- berate us to save water. Never mind that
many years ago the shortage of water was predicted precisely. Never mind
that projections were made that we needed X desalination plants in Israel to
supply water needs. Never mind that YEARS ago, plans were made to shlep
icebergs to Israel....to have huge water tankers bring water from Turkey.
And meanwhile the same Water Authority has been asleep at the wheel. X/3
desalination plants have been built. I haven't seen an iceberg in the sea
off Nahariya. And as far as Turkey sending us water, well, I wouldn't even
trust that water today.
browbeating us. Whatever your budget for these obnoxious commercials, it
would be better used to fund actual solutions for this pressing need for a
Towards the end of the
Keshet Eilon mastercourse, our Western Galilee annual cultural highlight.
Western Galileers who
don't attend truly ain't got no culchuh whatsoever.