Thursday, October 1, 2009

We're foodies

It's no secret that my favorite channel is the Food Network. Not because I like to eat (and I like to eat), but I am fascinated with cooking and creating new flavor combinations. Food Network has has been a HUGE influence in the way I currently cook and create. As a child and teenager, I rarely baked or cooked. I remember baking 2 loaves of bread in the shape of giant teddy bears when I was 10 or 11 and I remember being so proud of those bears. I gave them raisin eyes and noses and mouths out of something I don't remember. I even tied red ribbons around their necks so they'd look cuter. haha!!

Over the last few years I've pulled Rod into my world of all things Food Network. We enjoy watching chefs and everyday cooks create culinary treasures while we drool over every morsel we see. Rod will often say...."oohh, why don't you try to make that?" or "we shouldn't be watching this - it's making me hungry!!". It's actually become a dangerous hobby, b/c while watching an episode of Iron Chef America,Unwrapped, or Diner's, Drive-Ins, and Dives it's easy to get a "hankering" for something truly unhealthy at midnight. Not good.

Recently while watching an episode of DDD, Rod saw something that made his taste buds stand up and take notice. A chef/cook had preparing a homemade caramel sauce, tossed it with freshly sliced bananas, poured it over hot, thick slabs of french toast, and topped it with toasted pecans. Wow. All I thought was SUGAR SHOCK! Rod immediately piped up "that would be great on ice cream! Can you make that?". Hahaha! Well, a few nights ago I mixed a little of this and a little of that into a saute pan and voila - here you have it:

The trough of deliciousness....

Wanna bite?