In the past few days...

  1. One of the best combinations I've found for our leftover Caribbean Rum is Jones Root Beer. I know, it sounds a little weird, but the vanilla flavor in the root beer goes really well with the rum and a little slice of lime gives it a nice bite. So tasty!2. A new version of the banana ice cream. This one has raspberries, blueberries and honey in it. I think it would have been  a little better if I had frozen the berries with the bananas... the texture was a little too much like a smoothie. The flavor was still good though!3. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. I had a couple roasted red peppers left in a jar, so I used those, the garlic with it, lemon juice, chickpeas, tahini (homemade!) Served it with some pita bread and it made a great after work snack. My little food processor was getting a workout!4. A picture of Q for the road!

Dinner 6/11/12: Asian Chicken Slaw and Banana "Ice Cream"

Although Brad thinks "No one cares what we have for dinner," I'm going to post these pictures anyway because it was very tasty and easy. First off, we had Asian Chicken Slaw. Our apartment doesn't have AC, so in the summer time it takes a lot for me to even want to get near the stove. In this case, all I had to do was poach the chicken with some salted water until it smelled done, take it out, shred it and let it cool. While the chicken was cooking Brad shredded red and green cabbage on our awesome mandolin slicer. I threw together a quick dressing with my ever-useful immersion blender: sesame oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, some brown sugar, pinch of honey, tbsp of crunchy peanut butter and a little water to thin it out. Then we mixed together the chicken, cabbage, dressing, some sliced almonds and topped with crunchy chow mein noodles. Delicious! Would have been great with some ginger and cilantro too. We just used what was on hand.Now for the best part of the meal: Banana/Nutella/Peanut Butter/Cocoa/Chocolate Chip "Ice Cream." I use quotation marks because unlike regular ice cream, the base for this one is frozen bananas. Yup, that's it. You slice up some ripe bananas, free them for a few hours, puree them in the food processor with whatever else you want and voila! you have instant soft serve. I love ice cream. But my hips tend to not love it so much....so this summer I plan on eating loads of banana-based ice cream! Last time I made it with some raspberries and a bit of honey for a sorbet-ish treat. But on this occasion I was looking for something a little more decadent...Nutella and crunchy peanut butter:A little bit of cocoa powder and some chocolate chips:Mix it all up:YUM:My favorite version so far! The chocolate chips gave it a really nice texture. I plan on making more versions!