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;-)    Manny's Famous Banana Bread

Here is the original English version of Manny's article...

Baking banana bread is much like documenting software:

  • The ingredients are often missing or in short supply (though sometimes you have more old bananas or old specifications than you can handle, and you have to throw some out).
  • Often you are given the wrong procedures, and you have to adapt somehow.
  • Sometimes the process can be a little unsettling for your stomach, especially when the bananas are really old, or (even worse) really, really old. You can use frozen bananas but be careful: frozen bananas and frozen code are both very messy when they thaw.
  • Often you leave a mess behind in the kitchen, which somebody has to clean up sooner or later.
  • The results of your efforts are wildly inconsistent.

Yet the product is surprisingly good, and the work therefore becomes rewarding. And best of all, no one stops you from improving on the recipe.

Help me choose a advertising slogan for my Beta Banana Bread. Here are some candidates:

  • It's a Beta, so it's bound to be almost good enough.
  • If it's banana bread, it's almost always a Beta.
  • If it's a Beta, you know it's good enough for your nearest and dearest.
  • If it's banana bread, who cares if it's a Beta!
  • Whatever you call it, it's still a Beta.

Here is the recipe for Manny's Famous Beta Banana Bread, adapted from a recipe given to me by a nuclear chemist, who wrote it on a 3x5 card in water-soluble ink:

  • Mix together:
    --1/4 cup soft shortening
      (butter, margarine, Crisco, a-bit-less oil)
    --2/3 cup sugar (original recipe said 1 cup)
    --2 eggs
    --3 very ripe bananas (I use anything from 2 to 4.
       Today I used 2, and had to throw out 2).
  • Mix together:
    1 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Combine and beat.
  • Bake in a greased pan 1 hour at 350 degrees.
    (original recipe called for 1 1/2 hours).
  • You can throw in random quantities of other ingredients, such as poppy seeds or chopped nuts. Sprinkling shaved almonds on top is also good.

Try it. It's good. But remember, it's just banana bread.


Pain Célèbre de Banane de Manny Bêta

Now for the translation. Using the amazing and disturbing Web translator Babel Fish (http://babelfish.altavista.digital.com) Maggie Kathwaroon translated the English to French, and then back to English. The results make the "bread of banana" a bit more exotic, n'est-ce pas?

The bread of banana of treatment the furnace is just like to document the software:

  • The ingredients are often missing or difficult to obtain (however sometimes you have older bananas or old characteristics whom you can handle, and you must throw some outside).
  • Often you are given the false procedures, and you must adapt way or of other.
  • Sometimes the process can be destabilizing for your stomach, particularly when the bananas are really old, or (worse still) really, really old man.
  • You can use frozen bananas but pay attention: the frozen bananas and the cold code are the two very swines when they thaw out.
  • Often you leave a disorder behind in the kitchen, that somebody must clean early or late.
The results of your efforts are in an extravagant way contradictory. However the product is surprisingly good, and work thus becomes recompensing. And best of all the, single one stops you of the improvement on the receipt.

Help me to choose an advertising slogan for my beta bread of banana. Here some candidates:

  • It is beta, thus it's limit with being almost rather good.
  • If it is banana bread, it is almost always beta.
  • If it is beta, you know that it is enough good for your nearer and expensive.
  • If it is a banana bread, which worries if it's beta!
  • That that you call him, it is always beta.

Here the receipt for bread celebrates banana of Manny beta, adapted of a receipt given to me by a nuclear chemist, who wrote it on a card 3x5 in water-soluble ink:

  • Mix together:
    --soft reducing of 1/4 cup
      (butter, margarine, Crisco, oil of a-bit-less)
    --sugar of 2/3 cup (the initial receipt indicated 1 cup)
    --2 eggs
    --3 very ripe bananas (I use anything from 2 to 4.
    Today I used 2, and had to throw out of 2).
  • Mix together:
    1 flour of cup of 1/2, 1 bicarbonate of soda of tsp, salt of tsp of 1/2.
  • Trust and beat.
  • Make cook in lubricated hours of the pan one 1 1/2 to 350 degrees (the initial receipt required of the hours of 1 1/2).
  • You can throw in random quantity of other ingredients, such as cut nut or cloves. The watering of almonds shaven on the top is also good.

Test it that it is good. But recall you, it is bread right of banana.


This article originally appeared at www.emdash.net, "a place to think about technical communication" formerly maintained by STC-Montreal Past President Maggie Kathwaroon.



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