New post finally! sheesh! This past week has been insane! But in a good way. Lots and lots done but little time for anything else. Ah well, c’est la vie.. right?
To recap a few things I had my first training session. Gotta start off by saying I FINALLY found a good trainer. I've had some really bad ones in the past so I was really hesitant. This girl really knows what she's doing and gives me lots of attention, which I like. I guess Im needy.
As I was working through certain moves she was constantly correcting my form and talking me through it. I really like that because it keeps me really conscious of what I'm doing. I’ve had trainers in the past that have actually walked off mid set to chat with people. So all in all I'm super sore and super happy!
What else has been going on? Well my hubs surprised me with a trip to the historic Biltmore hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Awesome! I haven't ever been there and it is gorgeous. Its only 15 minutes away from us but it was really great to just take a brain break for everything and get away for awhile.
We went out to this seafood restaurant for dinner and I hate to say it but I got mad sick. The place seemed really nice and it seemed really fresh so I have no idea what I got sick on. We don't eat out that often so maybe it was just the change of food? Who knows…it was fun anyways! Despite the late night Pepto..Luckily I woke up the next morning feeling great! So all good!
Even though we were only gone for one night, I came back smelling something ripe. Banana-ey kind of ripe. So I went on the hunt. I found some lovely black bananas in my fruit bowl and I got super excited. (Am I the only one to excited over brown bananas?)
So I thought at first maybe to make some banana bread but then decided I wanted to play with my dehydrator. I was going to be home all day, when does that ever happen? So I remember an old Emeril recipe from awhile back and using that as inspiration I made my own.
Banana Cigars with a Mango and Blood Orange Salsa and Vanilla Cream:
2 ripe bananas
1/2 box silken tofu
1 tsp. coconut extract
1 vanilla bean
stevia to taste
1/2 blood orange
1 Tbsp. shredded coconut
1/2 lime juiced
1 tsp. coconut extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 pinch ginger
1 Tbsp. coconut shreds
To make banana cigars:
First puree bananas and roll out onto a piece of parchment. I spread it out to about 1/4 inch thick and popped it in the dehydrator for about 5 hours at 135 F. Once done it will look like this:
Peel off parchment and cut into strips. Fold into a cigar shape and set aside.
Make the “cream” by adding all the ingredients into the food processor and blend. Mine was pretty thick but additional gums might help to thicken it a bit more.
Now salsa time! Chop all ingredients and set aside to chill out for a bit. The longer they sit the more the ingredients will marry.
Once you are ready to eat, pipe the cream into the bananas..
Put a generous dollup of salsa on plate, top with banana cigars and garnish with a drizzle of agave, cinnamon and crushed pistacios.
Now I had some banana leather left over. So I decided to make another version of this!
Place mango salsa at the bottom of a shot glass. Roll banana leather into a cone this time.
Fill with cream and place into shot glass. Garnish!
I served this with some fresh ground chocolate on the side! Delish. There are so many variations. Wouldn't it be awesome to make a grilled mango salsa?? I think next time I might make some chocolate PB pudding and make a fudge sauce with maple syrup and cocoa powder to drizzle. Possibilities are endless with this. I'm so enamored with this fruit leather now. Ha!
Anyways I hope everyone had an awesome and amazing Valentines Day! Do you have off for Presidents day? If so any big plans? Mine is to sssoo catch up on everyone’s blogs. I cant wait to read up on what you have all been up to!!
What's your favorite new cooking tool? Any new technique or fun gadget you cant live without?
Have a great night everyone!!
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