At 2:30 pm, I received a text from my boss. It read: “I’m at my mother’s. Sorry (in advance) for the inconvenience. But, could you, would you please (with sugar on top), bring us a banana bread (use extra bananas), and whatever soup you made today.”
With all the excitement about the Mayor’s wife’s arrest, and the cassava flour palooza, I had completely forgotten to make a soup… On Sundays, my boss likes to offer an exotic warming soup with one bakery side item for $13.75. Then I got another text from my boss: “You should remember my mother’s address. Also, be a dear and enter from the red kitchen door. The front door’s security camera is whacky and will signal an alarm because I haven’t uploaded your image to its facial recognition software. Capisce?” I didn’t understand but wrote, “I’ll be there by 5:00pm.” She wrote back, “After dark would be better.”
The “after dark” seemed weird, but truthfully it was no weirder than the time my boss asked me to collect cobwebs for her mother’s injured foot. Looking back, I don’t know how I did it. But, I did.
Anyway, I needed to make soup PDQ! Lentils might seem like an odd thing for a bakery to have on hand, but they are incredibly versatile; so I decided to make Ismail Merchant’s “Nimbu Masoor Dal” or lemon lentils. When the soup was ready, I set off for my boss’s mother’s house.
“Ultimate Banana Bread” recipe from the book, Everyday Grain-Free Baking, by Kelly Smith