Last week I caught up with a very good friend of mine. We’ve known each other for years. We met because of work and something about that shared misery made us laugh until we just opened up. She lives on the other side of the country and we both have busy lives so it’s been a while but last week, we reconnected. “Serendipity” at its best.
She’s not going through an easy time, and my life isn’t exactly a bowl of cherries either, but exchanging emails with her has been just like the two of us sitting in the kitchen, venting over coffee, waiting for something to bake and just being good friends.
It reminded me that kitchens aren’t just for cooking. What do YOU talk about in the kitchen?
I know in our house, the kitchen is where we all reconnect with each other. A large portion of my day is spent at the computer in the dining room, but for dinner, my sons and I get together and talk. We touch base and re-ground ourselves, clean up the table and the world goes on.
If my friend came to my house (or I went to hers), I think we’d have a great time making my cousin’s Chocolate Banana Bread recipe and talking, making each other feel like even through the weirdness, we’re normal again. It’s a healing thing.
Chocolate Banana Bread
½ c. margarine softened
1 c. sugar
1 c. mashed bananas (about 2)
¼ c. milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 c. flour
¼ c. baking cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
½ c. nuts
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, bananas, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add the banana mixture to the dry ingredients mixture. Fold in nuts if desired. Transfer to 3 greased small loaf pans. Bake at 350 for approx 40 minutes.
*All recipes can be done in large or small pans. If recipe calls for 4 small pans use 2 large pans. If recipe calls for 3 small pans use 1 large pan. Large pans generally take about 1 hour to bake at 350 and Small pans take about 30 – 40 minutes at 350.