I found a recipe in Cook’s Illustrated for “The Ultimate Banana Bread”, and decided to try it. Nuke the bananas, strain them, cook and reduce the resulting liquid, add it back INTO the bananas… there was a lot of work involved.
Did it work? Did it result in a wonderfully moist, very tasty bread, with an attractive banana trail pattern on top? Yes it did. Was it so amazing that one bite knocked me in my ass and made me say ‘OMG, dude, this is THE banana bread to end all banana breads’? It did not. Will I bother with all this work next time? Nope.
Not everything in life has to be ultimate, or extreme, or mega-super-colossal. Simple things, done well, done with (dare I say it?) love are so satisfying and comforting. Or am I just getting old?
Also, Cook’s Illustrated…. They send me a sample issue once every couple of years, and I usually try out one or two of their recipes. Always with the same result. Yep, it’s really good. Yep, it was fun to mess about in the kitchen, trying new techniques, and/or using exotic ingredients. Nope, it’s not THAT much better than my Nana’s version which generally has 3 fewer steps, and takes a lot less time.
I’ve wandered off topic (shocking), and now it’s time to grease up the cat, but that’s a story for another day.