These are 2010 bananas. Mushy, rotting, over and past their prime! A little symbolism there.
Bruised and battered. Not very bad on the whole, but not really appetizing either. Plenty of sweetness but very little substance.
Take these old 2010 yucky juju bananas and mix them up with 3/4 c brown sugar, 1 stick of melted and browned butter, 2 eggs, 3 tbs milk, 1 tsp of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, a tsp of baking powder, a tsp of salt, a 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 2 cups of flour. Bake in a greased loaf pan at 350 for an hour and you get brand-spanking-new, not too sweet, warm and hearty banana bread.
Here's to a 2011 of fresh bread, new beginnings, reinvention, inspiration, determination, discipline and blazing a new path. I'm going to be taking new roads, roads less traveled and that shall make all the difference.