Confession: I never really liked bananas until I moved into a house that had several banana plants on the property. I always found them a bit dry and starchy, and unless they were soaked in rum and set aflame in a pan (or blended with espresso in a frosty smoothie), I usually passed them up […]

November 24 2015      23 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina

Every time we harvest our bananas (an entire bunch at a time), it means we have to clear some space in the freezer for the bananas that inevitably turn brown and mushy because we can’t eat them fast enough. While unappealing at first, brown and mushy bananas are actually the perfect ripeness for things like […]

December 23 2013      13 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

With a title such as this, I probably don’t need to extol the virtues of why baked banana donuts with chocolate hazelnut glaze should top your list for breakfast this week. Or every week, as I might find happening in my kitchen… but only because my banana trees (or, more accurately, banana plants) have been […]

October 7 2013      36 comments     Linda Ly
En La Cocina   Frutas

Commercially grown bananas are green, hulking, 8-inch-plus behemoths with nary a spot on their smooth, firm skin. Homegrown bananas — at least in my home — are half that size, and so cute and plushy that you want to poke a finger into their freckled skin like the Pillsbury Doughboy. While some sources say that bananas […]

January 8 2012      1 comment     Linda Ly
Frutas   Jardín

I’m not much of a banana person (unless it’s cooked in rum and butter, though that combo will make anything taste divine), but I do love having banana trees around. Among the many trees growing in my garden, there’s an abundance of bananas flourishing right now, all in different stages of ripeness. A few of […]

December 14 2011      9 comments     Linda Ly
Frutas   Hierbas   Jardín

May is an interesting time in my garden. While colder climes have beds bursting with lettuce and carrots and radishes, my fair weather vegetable garden sits nearly empty, waiting for seedlings to go in the ground or emerge out of the ground. Gardening in Los Angeles, it’s a blessing that our seasons are so long, […]

May 25 2011      6 comments     Linda Ly
Frutas   Hierbas   Jardín

I inherited a few banana trees from the previous homeowner after I moved into the new house, and had read that some banana trees are ornamental and do not bear any fruit. Luckily for us (and for the bees), a couple of them have been showing off their exotic purple blossoms all summer with beautiful […]

October 7 2010      2 comments     Linda Ly
Frutas   Jardín