Because Banana Bread (Honeyed Orange Banana Bread!)

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So apparently there’s this not so new phenomenon in the English language where people use the word “because” followed by a noun rather than an independent clause (grammar and context can be found here). There’s a whole meme cult around “because racecar.” Which is funny to begin with, and beyond that, as a lover of both language and the absurd, I’m a fan of the general proposition. Even if I’m around two years late to the party.

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For instance, if some one asks, “Why are you late to lunch?” you say, “Because banana bread,” smile adorably, and hold up a plate of warm bread, which wafts heart-melting deliciousness. Tardiness absolved.

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I’m not sure this evolution (devolution?) of language has made it into French yet, but as we know, I’m a fan of inter-continental exchange. Thus the banana bread. A staple of American comfort food, which is readily embraced by every other culture I’ve tried it on. It’s been well-received in New Zealand and Ghana as well.

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This version is spiked with honey and orange zest, plus a pinch of nutmeg. Because creativity. Also because leftover oranges, but it’s a welcome mix so no worries over the initial motivation. It’s moist and chewy and sweet and everything banana bread is supposed to be, plus a tiny bit exciting. Honey, citrus, oooh. Because we can (what can I say? Independent clauses are great too.)

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