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Hello, TGIF! As the title of this post indicates, I feel suffocated by banana bread content!

I’ve been dividing up my quarantine time fairly evenly between YouTube and Instagram, so I guess it was inevitable that the trend would become amplified across my feeds. But seriously, SO. MUCH. BANANA. BREAD. (One might go so far as to say it is BANANAS.)

Was the trend kicked off after Chrissy Teigen bartered her banana bread for a package of romaine lettuce last week? Is it just because we all have a bunch of black bananas withering away in our fruit bowls and want to feel a soft sense of accomplishment by whipping up baked goods? NO ONE CAN BE SURE, BUT IT IS EVERYWHERE!

To be clear, I have nothing against banana bread. If someone were to present me with a loaf, or even a slice, I would gladly eat it. Banana bread is p. good. But banana bread is not interesting. And when I am stuck in my apartment for the foreseeable future, and the most interesting thing to happen to me in twenty days has been going grocery shopping for my elderly neighbor, I. WANT. SLASH. NEED. INTERESTING.

I want to see people lose their goddamn minds! I want to see INNOVATION! I want people to harness the power of a ragtag bunch of pantry staples and create something GENIUS! INSPIRED! GROUNDBREAKING!

This is the quarantine food content I crave! Banana bread is so last pandemic, you guys! WE CAN DO BETTER!

Ugh, I will say that I guess too much banana bread is potentially a good sign. (Albeit a fucking boring one.) Maybe it means that, even though most of us are in week three of self-isolation, we haven’t been totally bogged down by monotony or stretched for resources just yet.

Maybe in a week or more from now, we’ll have to get a little more creative with our loaves. (I put seaweed in my oatmeal this morning simply because I was craving a cheap thrill, so anything is possible.) Hopefully we’re not driven to things like Anchovy Bread or Ketchup Bread or etc. anytime soon, but in my opinion, the case for innovation grows stronger amid pantries of plenty.

In sum, LET’S RISE TO THE OCCASION AND DO COOLER THINGS WITH OUR BAKES, Y’ALL, ‘CAUSE WE’RE GONNA BE HERE A WHILE.

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