The key to life is compromise. I can’t tell you how many times I teach what compromise is to my students and how it play such a huge role in our everyday life in how we solve problems. I like to frame it in the sense of a “win-win” mentality. Finding solutions where both parties are happy, everybody wins.
Compromise is an integral part to friendships, marriages, and even solving problems with your kids. It can be seen in the kitchen everywhere! This little classic recipe is a perfect example. My husband loves banana bread. His Mom makes sure to make him some every time he goes home to their house. It is always waiting there for him in the fridge (he likes it cold). For me the thought of eating a banana is revolting, but for some odd reason I do love banana bread. I prefer lemon poppy seed muffins, breads, cakes; you get the picture.
So there were two lonely over-ripe bananas laying around and I could tell they just needed to be made into banana bread. In order to compromise, I thought I would add a little twist and add poppy seeds to my banana bread. They add a wonderful nuttiness to the banana flavor. It’s a great compromise, one in which everyone wins in my house.
This banana bread recipe has a great story with it. I made this recipe a few years ago and it comes from my husband’s family cookbook. In the recipe it calls for 1/2 c. baking soda. As I am making the recipe, adding a 1/2 cup of baking soda I’m thinking to myself this is odd. I’ve never used this much baking soda, it’s almost the whole box! I didn’t want to ask my mother in law for fear of insulting her and their family recipe, so I just went with it. Let’s just say it tasted bad, really bad. So lesson learned, there are typos in the family cookbook. Use your better judgement and don’t use 1/2 cup of baking soda unless you are doing some weird science.
Poppy Seed Banana Bread
1 c. butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 c. mashed ripe banana
1 1/2 t. vanilla
3 c. sifted all purpose flour
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
3/4 c. buttermilk
1 T. poppy seeds
Mix butter and sugar together and cream well. Mix in the bananas, eggs, and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt and mix in alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until blended. Add poppy seeds! Put into two loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.