Market ingredient: N/A
Difficulty: Quick & easy
Deliciousness: Very banana-ry
Did The Beard like it? Apparently.
I don’t have a market ingredient this week, but what I did have was 2 overripe bananas that I just had to do something with. They were so ripe that they were giving off that all-pervading heady banana smell; too ripe to eat on their own. As I kid, I hated bananas and I think it was because of that same intense smell. Also I had (for some unknown reason) masses of shredded and dessicated coconut in the cupboard. I think I had intended, once upon a time, to make a coconut cake, but just forgot about it.
Market ingredient: Macadamia nuts from Hand ‘N’ Hoe
Difficulty: One you’ll whip out all the time
Deliciousness: You have to love macadamias
Did The Beard like it? He was expecting something sweeter
I have a very nostalgic feeling towards the macadamia. Growing up, my grandparents had a huge macadamia tree in their backyard that we would climb, run around and forage for the fruit. The excitement that would build as the tree would begin to drop the nuts. If we could climb to reach them, we would; otherwise we’d just wait for them to fall to us. I have fond memories of long afternoons, piles of macadamias in front of us, one by one peeling back the fuzzy green outer shell and using all the strength our little child biceps could muster to crack through the tough, hard brown inner shell. Hammers, nutcrackers, bricks; anything was used. It was one of the most satisfying moments when the shell would split open to reveal the beautiful, fresh macadamia nut. Every time I see macams, they make me smile.