Another wacky thing about bananas I read today on wikipedia - is that bananas are naturally slightly radioactive... and something that those pro-nuclear energy supporters often site in favor of their arguments. And that banana shipments often set off the radiation monitors installed at US ports to dectect illegal shipments of radiological materials.
And have you seen the email forward that goes around all about the nutritional benefits of bananas? Bananas are like a super food! The expression “going bananas” is from the effects bananas have on the brain... just two bananas provide enough energy for a 90-minute workout, bananas may reduce blood pressure and stroke... read more about this amazing fruit here.
Aside from all the hoopla about bananas - the thing I like most about them is that they taste good! And they do keep for a while unlike some other fruits... and when they go all black in color - or ripen you can use them for baking sweet breads, cakes, etc. The other nice thing about them is that we buy them every week at my house. It’s a staple item on our grocery list... so it’s not difficult for me to add them into a recipe easily. Usually they get taken to school and eaten plain and Mark uses them almost every night to accompany his vanilla yogurt late night snacking.
Today though, I tried two very interesting and delicious recipes using the sweet banana. I would like to share the recipes with you... and I highly recommend trying them soon. The first recipe is a main course - and it was so satisfying that Mark and I decided to add this to our family favorites cookbook. The second is a dessert. Also equally satisfying for me and my good friend who taste tested it before the meal... Mark didn’t like it though - he said it was too much like pudding (like there could be anything wrong with that?!)
Curry from Bananas, Coconut and Chicken
Time: 25 minutes