Aloha ‘oe, aloha ‘oe… I used to sing that phrase over and over when I was a little girl. I didn’t know the rest of the words to the song, so I would just hum the tune until I got to the “aloha ‘oe” part. I’d wave slowly and longingly to imaginary people as I walked quietly away.
In the fogginess of my childhood memories it seems to me that I had once seen a beautiful young woman on the Lawrence Welk show singing that song and waving to the audience as the show ended. If I’m not mistaken, she was also joined by other singers, all singing slowly and somewhat solemnly as they wished the audience a fond farewell until the next week when once again, Lawrence and crew would be filling my grandparents black and white TV screen with champagne bubbles and singing. Or maybe it wasn’t Lawrence Welk. Now that I think about it, he always ended his shows with a different song; something where the singers said goodbye in several different languages. But wherever it was that I saw the young woman sing that Aloha ‘Oe song, it was in black and white and the young woman had a beehive hair-do and she looked very earnest when she sang.
Bananas. It seems a fitting word to describe both my mental state and my need to use up some very ripe fruit on my counter-top. As I was thinking about what to do with those very ripe bananas, that Aloha ‘Oe song started going through my head which naturally lead me to start thinking about Hawaii (never been there, but I still think about it) which then lead me to think about a tropical-ish sort of banana muffin.
After some seriously grueling pondering, a wave of enlightenment broke over me one evening as I was heading for the…er…throne room. Bananas, coconut and macadamias would taste spectacular together. I thought about adding pineapple to the muffin, also, but then I saw a picture of a banana muffin with pineapple in it and I quickly changed my mind. I’m a very visual person and when I see an ugly picture of something, I do one of two things: 1) fixedly stare in horror, or 2) run away. Since I ran away from the picture of the muffin with the pineapple in it, I decided that it would be best to skip the pineapple. I kept the coconut, however, and toasted it. And threw in the macadamia nuts; after I toasted them, too!
There was also one more genius thing that I did…I used coconut milk in place of all of the milk and most of the butter that I would put in regular muffins. I’m doin’ the happy dance cuz I’m so smart.