10 Cloverfield Bananas Foster Souffle


Why a souffle to represent 10 Cloverfield Lane? Big build up, flat finish, that’s why! And Bananas Foster because it’s a typical Louisiana dessert. Even though I didn’t see or hear any evidence of the movie taking place there, I read that it was indeed filmed in Louisiana. For full review and how to recipe, go to https://youtu.be/NasAvLvIDfQ

It might seem a little strange that we start off making a dessert by making a white sauce, but then it was strange seeing John Goodman shaking his money maker!

Anyway, we start with a white sauce: melting the butter, adding the flour, whisking in the milk. 20160313_201320865_iOS

This is just before whisking in the milk, cooking just enough to cook the flour taste out of it! So after you’ve added the milk and it’s smooth, OFF HEAT add extract, and sugar, stirring til dissolved. Stir in yolk:20160313_202238359_iOS

Now, just fold into that, your beaten egg white and cream of tartar mixture and you’re ready to spoon the mixture into your prepared (buttered and sugared) ramekin.20160313_202154348_iOS

NOTE: This recipe is for 1 serving (1 ramekin), just multiply ingredients by number of servings.

Bananas Foster Souffle

Butter and granulated sugar for coating ramekins

1 Tablespoon butter

1 Tablespoon flour

Dash salt

1/4 cup milk

1 egg, separated

1 Tablespoon granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon rum or vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

Dash ground cinnamon

1/2 small banana, thinly sliced


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Coat inside of each ramekin with butter and sprinkle with sugar, shaking out excess.

Add brown sugar in a layer to prepared ramekins. On top of brown sugar, add a layer of thinly sliced banana.

In small saucepan, melt butter on low-medium heat. Add flour and whisk, cook while watching for 1 minute, being careful not to let mixture brown. While whisking add milk and stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Add extract and sugar and stir until sugar is dissolved. Set aside, let cool.

Meanwhile, beat egg white with cream of tartar until very stiff.

To cooled white sauce mixture, stir in beaten egg yolk until smooth. Fold in stiffly beaten egg white mixture until just blended. Spoon into prepared ramekins on top of banana slices and brown sugar.

Bake for 15-20 minutes without opening oven door, until puffed and brown.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately!

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So good! Custardy, rummy and warm! 10 Cloverfield Lane was good for suspense, but now gonna go rent Cloverfield (2008) for some action!





Gods of Egypt Rice Pudding


Rice pudding has always been a comfort food for me. I know with most people, it’s either a love thing or a hate thing, and raisins add another dimension to that! My mom used to make it for my dad, so it brings back a sense of home whenever I make it. I needed some comfort after I saw Gods of Egypt! My main question for that movie is “What were they thinking?” For my whole movie review and recipe basics visit:  https://youtu.be/fux265tiERM, and don’t forget to “like” and/or subscribe 🙂

This is a pretty simple recipe for Rice Pudding which is a favorite dessert in Egypt. For special variations, you could always add raisins, dates, cranberries, pretty much whatever you want. You can eat it right from the stove (well, I mean put it in a dish first!) or after the rice mixture cooks, you can put it in the oven to bake for a nice brown top (the pudding, not you!)

Egyptian Rice Pudding with “Sand”

2 cups cooked rice

1-2 cups of milk

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

“Sand” Topping:

1/2 to 3/4 cup vanilla wafers, measured then crushed

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Dash nutmeg

2 tablespoons brown sugar

To still warm rice in pot, over low heat add milk, (amount depends on where you are cooking it. If cooking on stove top only, then add less milk, about 1 cup. If baking in the oven, then you need to add about 2 cups). Add sugar and stir to dissolve and combine, still over low heat. Cook on low to medium for about 15 minutes. You should still have some milk not absorbed, add more milk if necessary (more milk if baking in oven).

Off heat , stir in beaten eggs. If not baking pudding, continue to cook for at least 3 minutes, constantly stirring, so as to not get eggs scrambled! If you do plan on baking the pudding, you can skip this stove top cooking part, as the eggs will cook in the oven. Either way, remove from heat and add vanilla. You can add raisins at this point, or other extras, and cinnamon and nutmeg, if desired.

If you cooked the pudding with the eggs in it for 3 minutes and plan to serve it now, then sprinkle on your “sand” topping and serve.

If you want to bake your pudding, put rice/sugar/egg/vanilla mixture into a greased oven proof casserole dish or individual ramekins and bake until golden brown on top, about 30 minutes, adding “sand” topping during the last 10 minutes of baking time.

Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate leftovers.

And no, I don’t usually wear this much makeup,it was just for the movie review! Much respect to those of you who wear eyeliner…don’t know how you do it! Obviously, I don’t know how to do it!