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“We have hundreds of channels and there’s nothing on”. How many times have you said that? This is why we are turning to Netflix more and more these days. Thanks to Netflix I have had a chance to watch several series that I never watched while they were running on TV like Lost and Weeds. I have also watched past seasons of Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, and Downton Abbey on Netflix to get caught up to the current episodes. My husband and I have even discovered a new favorite show, Copper.
Not only are we discovering shows for ourselves, our toddler has been watching Sesame Street Classics and loving it! It’s also nice to be able to put what he wants to watch on when he wants to watch it. Since toddlers can be unpredictable it’s nice to have one less thing to worry about potentially causing a meltdown.
We have an open floor plan and sometimes have the TV on for noise. Netflix allows me time to cook in relative peace because I can throw on Dinosaur Train or a children’s movie to keep K occupied while I get dinner ready. At times this can be a lifesaver. When K is occupied with other things I will sometimes stream a live concert while I’m in the kitchen. I have a feeling that Netflix will come to the rescue quite a bit between spending time with my mother this Thanksgiving.
Speaking of cooking and Netflix, when the kids are in bed and The Husband and I want to watch an episode of Copper or a movie, we sometimes have a bowl of ice cream as well. Last night we tried this recipe from Curtis Stone that was inspired by the show Arrested Development and it was delicious. Of course we don’t normally get this fancy but once in a while it’s a lot of fun.
Up in Flames Drunken Bananas
Spiced Ice Cream ingredients:
- 1 pint vanilla ice cream
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
- Large pinch of ground cloves
To make the ice cream:
Make-Ahead: The spiced ice cream can be made up to 3 days ahead, kept frozen. The flambéed bananas must be served as soon as they are made.
In a medium bowl, break up the ice cream with a spoon, then mix in the nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Cover the ice cream and return it to the freezer. Keep the ice cream frozen until ready to serve.
Flambéed Banana ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 medium bananas, peeled
- 1/4 cup golden rum
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
To cook the bananas:
In a 12-inch nonstick frying pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Slice the bananas in half lengthwise and lay the bananas cut side down in the butter mixture. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until the bananas are caramelized on the underside and the sugar mixture has melted and become golden brown.
Remove the pan from the heat. Add the rum. Using a long match, carefully ignite the rum. Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area and away from any flammable material. Allow the flame to burn out. Turn the bananas over.
Return the pan to medium heat and stir in the cream. Baste the bananas with the caramel sauce for about 1 minute.
Divide the bananas between two plates. Spoon some sauce over the bananas. Top each with a scoop of ice cream, and then drizzle the remaining sauce over and around the ice cream and bananas. Serve immediately.