When he was an infant and learning to feed himself, one of the first solid foods the bambino was allowed to have were bananas. He ate them like crazy…A couple a day for several months. I thought it was great–A fruit I didn’t have to “force” him to eat. He liked them so much that on many occasions, I would get the pleasure of sharing them…Even though I dislike bananas about as much as I dislike coconut. But he would get a hurt look on his little face if I tried to refuse them, so in spite of my dislike, I’d eat bananas too.
About a year ago, I noticed that whenever I’d buy bananas, I’d end up throwing out more than would be eaten. I hate when that happens, so finally I asked the bambino why he stopped eating them. He told me he no longer liked them, but he didn’t want to hurt my feelings by telling me that. I told him I’d rather have hurt feelings than wasted money (even though bananas are fairly cheap), and that I’d appreciate him telling me the truth on these things sooner rather than later. And so, I stopped buying them.
But when Jay had his bout with his jaw swelling up so horribly, and he was restricted to soft foods until the swelling went down, I thought bananas would be easy enough for him to eat. If babies without teeth can mash them enough to eat them without choking, I figured a grown man could do the same. But we had a couple bananas that browned too much for anyone to eat, so I made Banana Bread. And topped with a Salted Caramel Glaze.
I’m guessing it’s due to the Salted Caramel Glaze, but the bambino scarfed down two pieces the night I made this, and has been eating it for breakfast each morning. He did tell me that if he’s got peanut butter to dip it in, he’s more inclined to eat a sliced-up banana, so maybe I’ll start buying them with more frequency again.