Sunday, April 20, 2008

Food for Thought

Bananas Foster French Toast anyone?

I saw Paula Dean do a really fattening version of this on tv and whipped up my own light recipe, using hers as inspiration. I traded her Karo syrup, pure maple syrup and heavy whipping cream for skim milk and regular light pancake syrup instead.

You will need (for one serving):

1/2 medium banana
handful chopped walnuts (I used almonds but that's just what I had on hand. I believe walnuts would be much better.)
light pancake syrup
one piece bread (I used light brown bread)
1 egg
1 splash milk

Mix one egg, a splash of milk and a splash of vanilla in a bowl. Place bread in the mixture and let it soak up the goodness. Place bread in a non-stick skillet on medium heat with a little butter. Check underneath the bread and flip when it becomes a light brown color. Once french toast is cooked, take off heat and plate.

In same skillet, add about 1/2 cup of syrup, just depending on how much syrup you like. Then add walnuts and bananas and stir around to coat the nuts and bananas. It only needs about a minute in the skillet to heat through. Pour the syrup mixture on top of the french toast. Ta da! A fancy breakfast in less than 15 minutes.

P.S. - No making fun of my expensive china.


Change of the Season

Oh I just love this time of year! The flowers blooming everywhere, the sun warming everything, my allergies... No really, I do love the change of each season. In fact, to celebrate, I went to the nearest nursery and picked up some seeds and potted myself some green onions when I got home. I will put green onions in practically everything and plan to do just so when these puppies start growing in. Sounds like a crawfish fettucini is in the near future. Thankfully, Babers like green onions okay. I'm going back this week when the nursery restocks to get some hot banana peppers specifically for him. And some rosemary, cilantro and parsley. :)

I also got the movie Atonement on the way home. I adore movies made during that time period and I fell in love with Kera Knightley in Pride and Prejudice, so I have high hopes for this movie. And let's face it, I had to hurry and sneak in some girlie movies I've been wanting to see - ten more days and J will be home trying to make me watch scary, boy movies again. *sigh*

How was your weekend?


Talisman said...

Oh I bet my kids would love that french toast.

Good luck on the onion growing, I can't seem to keep things alive that don't whine at me if I don't feed/water them.

Anonymous said...

I love your cowboy china!

I haven't had French Toast in ages! That recipe looks like it'd be good right around mid-month. LOL!

On a limb with Claudia said...

Ten more days!! Happy dance! Boy I bet you are thrilled. We are in the process of creating veggie beds in our back yard - so we worked on the beds this weekend. D. made a new flower bed for some new rose bushes - yippee! I planted some garlic around them - so garlic will be ready in the fall! (I hope....)

Enjoy your week!

Damsel Underdressed said...

I'll have to treat my son to a breakfast like that sometime soon. I like your lighter version. You can only have ONE Paula Deen recipe a year, I think, and I've already consumed my butter intake for the entire year with that one recipe.

kelly said...

Move north and be my roommate! I could go for breakfasts like that...

you know... to help you practice... and stuff... :-D

-Papa said...

Atonement is an awesome flick. I typically prefer movies with a different sort of ending, but after watching that movie I didn't mind what happened because I found that movie to be QUITE GOOD, and Keira Knightly isn't half bad. ;P

and Babers, I saw Keira Knightly first, so she's my celebrity girlfriend, not yours. :D

Kitty said...

Mmmmmmmm, that bananas on toast looks fantastic. I'm sure Babers will watch your girlie movies with you, as long as you watch his scary movies with him ;-) x

Real Live Lesbian said...

I saw that episode of Paula Deen and thought, no way...ever. But you, YOU have made it possible! YAY!

Thanks for posting that recipe! I'm putting in on my "things I want my girl to make me" list!

Ari said...

Wow! Now that's naners done right!

Todd Camplin said...


Ben said...

I love this time of the year too, everything is perfect. Yummy dish, that looks great.


Stacie said...

I love this time of year too...everything is new and so colorful and smells so good! and OMGosh those waffles look yummy!

10 more days? That's awsome Girlie! yay for J coming home!

Ben said...

I hear you about this time of the year, the north side of my house is covered in ivy; loving it.


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