We all make mistakes. Some teach us valuable lessons. Others, we wish never happened. Happy mistakes are serendipitous.
This scene from the movie Serendipity defines them well:
Jonathan: This is the ultimate blend to drink. How’d you find this place?
Sara: I first came in because of the name: Serendipity. It’s one of my favorite words.
Jonathan: It is? Why?
Sara: It’s such a nice sounding word for what it means: a fortunate accident.
Believed by some to be acts of fate, these “fortunate accidents” are all around us: the “wrong” relationship, or relationships, that lead us to Mr./Mrs. Right; the incorrect turn that lands us at a fabulous site; staining our favorite top so we must get a new one.
The other night after placing a pan of banana bread in the oven, I had that “something’s not right…” feeling. Eggs. Completely forgot them. Rather than take the loaf out and scramble some in (not that I’ve done so before…or anything…), I left it. It still looked banana-bread-ish, after all. I threw in a few chocolate chips, because most everything tastes better with chocolate, and chalked it up to an experiment. Everyone who’s tried it has gone nutso over it. Gotta admit, I dig it, too.
So…next time life gives you brown bananas, but perhaps no eggs, why not bake this?
Oops! Blueberry Banana Bread
- 1 cup whole wheat four
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup firmly-packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk w/1 T. vinegar* (I use almond or soy milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3.5 – 4 medium-sized ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (no need to thaw)
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (opt.)
*To make a healthy buttermilk substitute, place 1 tbsp of vinegar in a half-cup measuring cup, then fill it to the top with low-fat milk.
Nutritional perks: Rich in fiber and antioxidants, low in sugar and saturated fat and cholesterol-free. The canola oil adds healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function and moods.