Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cheese, Road Rage, Jumping Cow.

These days, on TV here,  one frequently sees ads for Petit-suissea cheese called The Laughing Cow. This takes me back to when I was 15, a loooong time ago; we used to have this cheese when I was on an exchange visit to France, obviously it was called La Vache Qui Rit there. Taken a long time to get here hasn’t it? We also used to eat Petit suisse which is an unripened, unsalted cheese. At the time I used to love it. No idea if I would today. Mind you I loved all the food which was served to me by the family I stayed with, except for the artichokes which, for some reason, I didn’t like in those days. Boy do I wish I could have those again today, they were particularly nice ones. Potages or soups were usually served for lunch and were absolutely fabulous. Breakfast was usually fresh baguette, bowls of coffee and lots of French butter and usually jam which Monsieur, at least, used to dip in his coffee bowl which then ended up with crumbs, butter and jam floating in it. Dinners of course varied greatly. I wonder if that’s where I became so enamoured of soup.

Incredible example of road rage on the news today. A woman didn’t pull away fast enough for another driver so he was tooting her, kept passing her and making gestures and then dropping back again, finally he fired at the back of her car. The bullet travelled through the car and through the car seat and her 4 yr. old got shot in the back. Luckily the bullet was somewhat spent by this time and the youngster is OK. I do so hope this driver is found and has the book thrown at him.

Another story I saw on TV yesterday, a 15 yr old German girl, Regina Mayer, wanted a pony and her parents said no. She then decided to train a cow to jump. There is a video on YouTube of the cow, Luna, doing just that. now here parents are saying she put so much work and effort into this they will buy her a pony.

How’s this for a nice healthy dessert dish. Not even too bad for diabetics, contains no gluten. High in potassium, fibre and calcium, low in sodium, what more could you want?

Roasted Bananas with Chocolate Yogurt Cream

WebMD Recipe from

roasted_bananas_with_chocolate_yogurt_creamBananas with yogurt sounds like a simple breakfast combination, but dress the bananas up with a little butter, rum and sugar, run them under the broiler and you've got a decadent dessert.

Servings: 4

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 2 hours (including draining yogurt)

Prep Time: 25 minutes

To Make Ahead: The yogurt can be drained overnight.

Recipe Ingredients:
  1. 1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
  2. 4 bananas, cut in half crosswise then lengthwise
  3. 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1 tablespoon dark rum or lemon juice
  6. 1 tablespoon cold butter, cut into small pieces
  7. 1/2 cup whipping cream
  8. 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  9. 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
Recipe Steps:
  1. Line a sieve or colander with cheesecloth and set over a bowl, leaving at least 1/2 inch clearance from the bottom. Spoon in yogurt. Cover with plastic wrap and let drain in the refrigerator for at least 1 1/2 hours.
  2. About 20 minutes before serving, position rack in top third of oven; preheat to 425°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Place bananas, cut sides up, on the baking sheet. Sprinkle with brown sugar, cinnamon and rum (or lemon juice). Dot with butter. Roast in the oven for 5 minutes. Turn on the broiler; broil until the bananas are golden and the sugar is bubbly, about 2 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, beat cream, cocoa and confectioners' sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice, until soft peaks form. Push the cream to one side; add the drained yogurt and fold into the cream with a rubber spatula until blended. Drizzle the roasted bananas with any juices accumulated in the pan and serve with a dollop of the chocolate cream.

Have a great day


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