Louisiana Eats!
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Sun October 13, 2013

Investigating Deep Culture: Soul Food And The Amazon

Originally published on Sat October 12, 2013 1:06 pm

On this week's Louisiana Eats! we speak with Adrian Miller about his new book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, a self described love-letter to African-American cooks. Adrain traces the history of this particular cuisine and theorizes why it might be in jeopardy.

And for years the Amazonian rainforest has been in jeopardy. We hear from Louisiana native and ethno-botanist Dr. Mark Plotkin about the way it shapes our Louisiana table. Plus, Ryan Hughes also joins the program to discuss an exotic fruit he's just started working with: Dragon Fruit.

BANANAS FOSTER (Serves 4)

2 RIPE BANANAS

4 T BUTTER

4 T DARK BROWN SUGAR

SPRINKLE OF CINNAMON

2 OZ. RUM

1 OZ. BANANA LIQUOR

VANILLA ICE CREAM

Slice bananas into quarters. Melt butter in frying pan. Add brown sugar and cook together for 5 minutes until sugar begins to melt. Add bananas and sauté lightly on each side.

POUR LIQUORS INTO A SEPARATE CONTAINER. DO NOT POUR OUT OF THE BOTTLES!!! Tilt the skillet so the liquors pool in the far corner of the pan and ignite to flambé. While flaming, sprinkle on cinnamon to create firework-like sparks.

Serve over vanilla ice cream.

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