Over-qualified banana bread

Job search status update: applications submitted = 135; interviews = 4.

No matter how you spin it, that is a truly terrible return! I mean, really, REALLY bad. If my job search had investors, they’d be running for the hills. What am I doing wrong, you ask? Damned if I know. It would seem, based on the smidgen of feedback I’ve received, that I am simply “over-qualified”. Whatever the eff that means. Maybe I’m missing something, but I really can’t see how that’s a negative. Yes, I know – retention risk, blah blah blah. But come on, if I’m applying for a job that I’m “over-qualified” for isn’t that my business, not the company’s? Obviously something about the posting has intrigued me, whether it’s the role, the company, the pay… so if I don’t mind being “over-qualified” then why should anyone else? Even my Employment Consultant (this is an individual who’s job it is to help me find a job) has told me that, in her professional opinion, it would be in my best interest to leave my higher education and management experience off my resume. Because evidently, no one wants to hire a hard-working, smarty-pants. Obviously, I’m at a point where I’ll do just about anything to get a job, but I really struggle with having to down-play my accomplishments. But this is the state of our economy right now, so, when in Rome…

After getting that advice today, I thought I’d make myself useful and bake some banana bread – something that I am grossly “under-qualified” to do as I am not a very good baker. Despite being super precise (read: infuriatingly anal) in everything else I do, when it comes to the kitchen I much prefer to just throw things together and hope for the best!  This approach doesn’t work so well for baked goods, so I scoured the internet until I found the most basic recipe I could, using ingredients I already had on hand.  I adapted the recipe below from this one from Comfy Belly. By “adapted” I mean I added chocolate chips. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe, peeled bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c + 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • handful (or more!) chocolate chips

ingredients

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line baking pan with parchment paper
  2. Mash bananas until smooth, then add eggs, honey and vanilla and mix well
  3. Add baking soda, salt, coconut flour and chocolate chips and mix well
  4. Let batter sit for ~5 minutes to let the coconut flour really absorb the liquid
  5. Pour batter into pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

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6. Cool, slice, and devour!

bananabread

-C

 

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