Sunday, April 22, 2012

Food Memories

As an avid reader of food blogs, and food related books, my most recent read The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America by Michael Ruhlman was excellent, it is amazing to me how many people refer to their earliest memories of food based on smell.  Young children smelling their Grandmother's tomato sauce cooking on the stove, cookies baking in the oven, etc.  I can remember walking into my Grandparents house for Thanksgiving and smelling my Grandma's amazing stuffing.  Growing up, my Dad always is delicious and I find myself using the same base ingredients.  The smell of those vegetables sauteing brings me right back to my childhood home on Greenbush Drive.  Another one of my early food memories is of bananas and as a result I have had an aversion to them ever since.  My beloved Great Grandmother, a diabetic, had a smart snack of a banana every day  to maintain her sugars and those afternoon hunger pangs between lunch and dinner.  The problem was that she didn't have any teeth.  Need I say more?  It's been 20 years since those memorable afternoon snacks and I feel that I'm ready to use my interest in experimenting with chia seeds to get over my aversion to bananas.

Before I begin to describe my new appreciation for chia seeds, I must make reference to a charming banana dessert recipe I found last week.  Oh She Glows posted this vegan, gluten free, soy free, sugar free recipe for "Mess Free Banana Split Bites".  I made 20 of them for friends a few weekends ago and they were quick and easy to make and absolutely delicious! I brought in the few leftovers I had to work and they were a hit!  I followed the recipe exactly but was brainstorming with friends of other fruit that we could use; blueberries, pineapple, etc.  We'll see what we can do when the fruit season begins and the prices for berry fruit at the grocery store starts going down.