Chocolate Schmocolate. Yes I get it, chocolate is the food of romance and number one choice for Valentine’s Day but I think FIRE is more dramatic. I believe Valentine’s Day became a holiday for lovers because the martyred Valentine wrote a note to his jailer’s daughter just before his execution. He signed it “From your Valentine.” We are not sure if this blind girl was a friend, confidant, or lover but it being such a tragic story must be one of lost love, mustn’t it? If she were only a pal, the story bears less interest and wouldn’t even have made it in our modern day newspapers, it just wouldn’t sell. It had to have been a tragic romance, right? Well no one really knows but what is missed of the tale is that as a Christian, Valentine refused to worship Caesar thus bringing his own demise. Valentine loved Someone worthy of dying for.
Here is a dessert that not only is romantic but very exciting as well. I do have a history with flames but felt confident that I could flambé without injury. This dish is not only flavorful, but entertaining. Who doesn’t like a good dinner followed by a show? Ingnite the flames of romance, throw caution to the wind, let love be your guide…blech, just make this for your family, friends, or lover, it’s a classic and they will love you for it.
Bananas Foster- adapted from Brennan’s
2 T. butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 shot banana liqueur
2 bananas, cut in half lengthwise, then halved
1 shot dark rum
4 scoops coffee ice cream
Combine the butter, sugar, and cinnamon in a flambé pan or skillet. Place the pan over low heat either on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove, and cook, stirring, 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 tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum. When the flames subside, 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 2.
Note- If you do not have any of these alcohols available, the dish is still delicious, not as exciting, but still delicious all the same.
Love is the irresistible desire to be loved irresistibly.
Happy Valentine’s Day.