Yep, 2-for-1 today. I had plans to post about chard, then I got a case of bananas and was really excited when I thought of a new, exciting dessert. So, without further ado...
I told the boys to go out and gather a head of chard. According to my research, chard is the edible top leaves of an inedible (or maybe just plain nasty) variety of beet. (My dearly beloved claims that all varieties of beet are inedible, but that's another story). Also, if you cut the tops off with a knife, new tops will grow, or so my book says. Yes, it's my 1930s Encyclopedia of Cookery to which I refer.
This was not much of a pile of chard, and I knew it wouldn't do much when they brought it in. Nonetheless, I didn't wish to scold, and they were eager to try it. So I cut out the center ribs and stems, steamed the leaves for about 5 minutes with just a touch of salt, then chopped them and stirred them in with pasta, diced tomatoes (canned), fresh ground pepper and heavy cream. I did try the chard before I added it to the pasta, as did the boys, and we found it to have a pleasant taste. Next time, if they bring in more, it will make a perfectly dandy side dish.
Last night being Tuesday, it was Brownie Tuesday night. The kids had their standard brownies with pudding, bananas and sprinkles on top, and I made a wondrous concoction for my dearly beloved. I even ate some, but this was filling!
BANANAS IN CARAMEL SAUCE
1/4 cup butter
2 bananas, sliced
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp corn syrup
1 tbsp heavy cream
In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the bananas, and saute about 3 minutes, until the outsides begin to soften. Stir in the cornstarch, until no lumps remain, then add the brown sugar, corn syrup and cream. Stir until it turns liquid, then begins to thicken. Serve over hard frozen ice cream - this is hot, and will begin to melt your ice cream! My dearly beloved ate 2/3 of this, and spent the evening groaning in joy. Paula, note, this is safe for your baby!
Thor will be back tomorrow, I promise! His mom won't be a lazy bum weasel and not fit enough hours into her day this week!