Foodie Factoid: Around 1200 the Japanese actually used a certain type of banana fiber to make their clothes! The quality of the fabric varied drastically from soft enough to make fancy kimonos to poorer quality fabric for things like tablecloths.
Yea, yea I know I’ve been absent for longer than usual. I have an excuse though, a very good excuse. I have been caught in the stranglehold of a few evil monsters known as midterms. Dun dun dun. Ok they haven’t been that bad *knock on wood* don’t want to jinx those grades haha. Although, I am a master of procrastination. It is quite a skill. Cramming is one of my middle names–the others being sarcasm, impatience, and insomniac. Such good middle names. I wonder how my parents would feel if I changed my name legally to Rebecca Cramming Sarcasm Impatience Insomniac. That’s quite a mouthful haha.
Anyway so my midterms are halfway over and I knew that I needed to take a break and do some baking today or I would go absolutely bananas (sorry I couldn’t resist haha). So as I’ve been studying I actually discovered something interesting: I’m actually kind of an ignorant American–much more so than I ever though. It wasn’t that I ever considered myself super cultured, but I didn’t think that I was so Americanized either. I’m currently taking a class on Chinese history and I realized that I literally cannot pronounce any of the names. I just stare at things like Li Hongxang (which sounds something like Lee Hongjang) and for the life of me can’t pronounce them. Then, even if I think I’ve got the pronunciation down in my head I try to speak it out loud and it sounds pretty terrible and totally inaccurate.
What makes this even worse is that Boyfriend is half Chinese and can say all the names no problem, but then when I try to replicate them it sounds like an elephant (or any animal) trying to speak English. *Sigh* I swear I’m trying, but I’m sure any native Chinese speaker would either laugh at me or wouldn’t even know what I was saying due to my butchery of the names. Please tell me I’m not the only one with this problem. That would be really, really embarrassing and mean that I have to try even harder to figure this stuff out. I know that Chinese is supposed to be a tonal language, but I’m starting to suspect that I may be tone deaf haha.
Anyway, so these cookies yea, in English easy to pronounce. My kind of cookies haha. These cookies are definitely not crispy or chewy cookies, they actually taste sort of like muffin tops turned into cookies so pretty much super moist and crazy delicious. The banana flavor is mild, which is my preference, but you can feel free to add a little extra banana if you’d like the flavor to be stronger.
Banana Bread Cookies:
Preheat oven to 350ºF
Yields about 16 cookies
-1 stick of butter (softened)
-1 c + 2 Tbsp flour
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/2 c brown sugar
-2 egg yolks
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/4 tsp salt (unless using salted butter)
1. Peel and mash the banana. Set it aside.
2. Mix together butter, sugar, vanilla, and the egg yolks.
3. Add in the banana and baking soda.
4. Mix in the flour.
5. Spoon dough onto a greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they start to turn slightly brown.