Friday, 6 April 2018

Celebrating our First Anniversary with Bananas Foster.

It's hard to believe a whole year has already passed since we posted our first video! Thank you for all of your support, suggestions, and encouragement. We really enjoy making the videos and trying out new recipes and old favourites like Bananas Foster.

Bananas Foster is one of those dishes I heard about on TV or somewhere when I was a kid and it always sounded so fancy so I thought I'd give it a go. It's actually quite simple and easy to make. If you don't have the banana liqueur, don't fret. Just make it without.

Traditionally Bananas Foster is prepared tableside and make for a wonderful show stopper at a dinner party or any special occasion.

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup banana liqueur
  • 4 bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt for a lower fat version.
  • Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambĂ© pan or skillet.
  • Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove, and cook on a low heat stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves.
  • Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan.
  • When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum.
  • Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot then ignite the rum using a torch or long-necked lighter.
  • When the flames subside (about 30 seconds) carefully lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream.
  • Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.
  • Serves Four
Here's the blog post from NPR's 'The Salt' that I spoke of in the video; The sweet success of bananas foster has an unsavory past.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

How to Make a Shamrock Shake

1 Cup Milk (I used 2%)
2 scoops of good quality vanilla ice cream
2 oz Creme de Menthe or use Peppermint extract for a non-alcoholic version
Fresh mint leaves and marachino cherries for garnish

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Add more or less milk to get the thickness desired.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Irish Soda Bread

4 Cups Flour
1 tsp Baking Power
1 tsp Salt
1 1/2 Cups Buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 F. Grease,spray or line your baking pan with baking paper.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large deep bowl. Stir in 1 cup of the buttermilk, mixing well until the dough is firm and can be gathered into a ball shape. If it is too dry add up to 1/2 cup more buttermilk.

Don't overwork the dough. Shape the dough into a flat round loaf shape, about 8" in size. Place the loaf on the baking sheet and score the top with a large 'X'. Bake for about 45 minutes. The top should be golden and the loaf should sound hollow when you rap on the bottom with your knuckles. Serve this hot with a delicious bowl of Irish Stew.