Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Making Banananas Funnerer

A likely bunch
I know how to spell banana, I just don't know when to stop.  This is an old saying in computer programming circles for poorly constructed looping algorithms. They don't know when to stop.

Kids love bananas.  What's not to love?  They can be peeled, chomped, mashed, put on bread, eaten with ice cream.  There isn't much about eating bananas that kids don't like.

But like the programming loop that doesn't know when to end, I like to keep the bananana fun going a bit longer.

Cyclone Yasi destroyed most of Australia's banana crops a year ago and the price of bananas is only recovering now.  I'm not calling the industry crooked, but paying $14/kg was unappealing.

(No more banana jokes, I'll keep it straight from here).

Bananas are affordable again.

I like to etch fun and scary faces onto the banana skin.  The kids have a lot of fun choosing which face they want, and the scarier faces are usually the most popular.

Tools of the master craftsman
For this I use a highly specialised piece of equipment: a coffee thermometer.  Any pointy object that will finely scrape the surface will suffice.  Simply press firmly into the skin and draw.  Getting the pressure right may take a few trial bananas, but you'll get it in no time.

Your carvings will not appear on the banana right away.  It takes a few hours for the dark discolouration to appear, perhaps wait overnight.

Another advantage of this activity, as if I needed to sell it more, is that the bananas seem to ripen faster. If your supermarket is like mine, under ripe produce is all that is on offer.  Perhaps I should go to the farmer's markets more often.

Now that you know how to make banananas funnerer, I bet you won't know when to stop.

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