Monthly Archives: March 2014

Fried Bananas

Linda got this recipe from a restaurant she used to frequent with her family back when they were in SD. They went so often that when she poked her head into the kitchen to ask how the fried bananas were made, the chef actually told her. And I get to benefit from this! <3

This is a pretty darn versatile recipe in the sense that you can sub the liqueur with all kinds of different things. It’s also super quick (took about 5 minutes), so we made 3 different variations and I’m rather curious as to what else we can do with em’. O: It is in no way healthy (other than perhaps the fact that you start out with a fruit :P ), but I think there are definitely ways to healthify em’. I will likely try that out and will report back when I do!

Fried Bananas

Ingredients:
-3 bananas, quartered
-1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract
-1 tbsp butter
-1/4 tbsp cinnamon sugar butter
-1 shot (1.5 oz or 3 tbsp) Grand Marnier (orange liqueur)*
-whipped cream (optional)
-Maraschino cherries (optional)

*Variation 1: 6 tbsp orange juice
*Variation 2: 1 shot peach schnapps

Instructions:
1) Heat/melt butter in a skillet and add the vanilla extract.
2) Add the bananas (flat-side down first!) and pour in the Grand Marnier (or whatever it is that you’re using).
3) When the bananas have turned a darker color, flip them and let cook for another 1-2 minutes.
4) Pour the remaining sauce over the bananas and top with whipped cream and cherries.

The sauce kinda caramelizes after a while and makes it even more delicious. *-*

Choplets with Hoisin or Teriyaki Sauce

My apologies in advance because you’re gonna be seeing this picture twice. :O This is mostly because on their own, choplets really don’t look all that appetizing, so they’ve been drizzled with “hoisin” dressing and paired with yet another variation of pineapple fried rice. Don’t hate. Choplet recipe was from Heidi (as most of my recipes are these days! :O!!) and the sauce recipes were from Chloe’s Kitchen.

These are good as a meat substitute for stir-fry, sandwiches, stews, etc. :]

Choplets

(Pictured on the right with vegan hoisin sauce!)

Ingredients:
(Dough)
-2 1/2 cups gluten
-1 1/2 tbsp onion powder
-1 tsp salt
-2 tbsp nutritional yeast
-2 cups water
(Broth)
-2 celery stalks, diced
-1 onion, diced
-2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp ginger
-1 tsp garlic
-1/4 cup soy sauce
-2 tbsp molasses
-6 cups water

Instructions:
1) (Broth) Saute the celery + onion, then add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
2) (Dough) Sift dry ingredients together, then add in the water.
3) Mix together quickly to avoid dry clumps (it clumps together very quickly!). Knead dough for a minute to make it tougher and more elastic.
4) Form into a log and slice “rounds” off the log. Place them into the boiling broth.
5) Cover and reduce broth to simmer. Cook for 1 hour. (They will look like ginormous chicken pieces, but don’t worry, they’ll shrink back down when they’ve cooled down!)
6) Drain and serve in a stir-fry, stew, sandwich, etc.

Hoisin Sauce
Ingredients:
-4 tbsp soy sauce
-2 tbsp peanut butter
-1 tbsp sugar or honey
-2 tsp vinegar
-2 tsp sesame oil or 1 tbsp tahini
-hot +/or black pepper, to taste

Teriyaki Sauce
Ingredients:
-3/4 cup water
-3 tbsp soy sauce
-1/2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
-1 clove garlic, minced
-2 tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup
-1 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot

pampered

I am about 99.99% certain that my boards buddy is definitely female (or a very thoughtful/considerate dude with a girlfriend). She is a wonderful human being and completely made my day last week. :]!

Banana Taffy/Chips

This recipe really depends on whether you want soft chewy banana-y goodness or crisp banana chips. :O The banana taffy idea was from here!

Banana Taffy/Chips

This is when they were still in taffy form, before they morphed into chips. :O

Ingredients:
-2 bananas, thinly sliced

Instructions:
1) Thinly slice the bananas and place evenly on dehydrator tray.
2) For banana taffy, it took ~3.5 hours in my dehydrator (I made them simultaneously with the apple chips). For banana chips, go with ~6-7 hours.

discounts

F: I got 7 lbs of bananas the other day for about $2. :D!
S: That is awesome.
F: Oh! There’s also gluten-free teriyaki sauce on sale! It’s next to the discounted fruit section in that huge bin?
P: Discounted fruit section?
F: Yeah, in the back-left corner of Kroger’s?
S: Thanks! I know exactly what you’re talking about. I’m going there on the way home today.
P: Is this fruit moldy and disgusting?
F: No! It’s just more ripe than the others.
S: Have you never been to the discounted fruit section?
P: No, I have not! It sounds scary.
S: What are you, rich?