Los Angeles-based writer Kim Askew is one of my dearest friends. She’s a screenwriter, young adult novelist, avid reader, thinker, do-er, and all-around amazing human. Kim is teaching a UCLA Extension one-day course this weekend: Adapting Literature, Myths, and Fairy Tales For New YA Audiences, and if you have any inkling to sign up, DO IT. It’s going to be a great day, I assure you!
Kim shared with me one of her favorite Nigella Lawson recipes—Banana Bread! I’ve been pretty loyal to my mom’s banana bread recipe, for sentimental reasons, but I had to give this one a try. Kim adores it. And c’mon, it’s Nigella afterall. One must make exceptions for Nigella.
I made it this weekend and brought it over to my sister’s house for a day of Halloween movies and eating scrumptious things while planted in front of her cozy fireplace. The recipe was a hit.
It calls for rum-soaked raisins and four bananas (plus flour and other other standard ingredients). It was like a cake version of bananas foster! Supremely delicious!! You can find Nigella’s recipe here: https://www.nigella.com/recipes/banana-bread.
A few years ago, I made Kim a Pendleton zippered pouch with handpainted letters “WWND.” It stands for What Would Nigella Do. I think Nigella would sign up for Kim’s writing class.