Summer time is sipping time and here’s a little something to throw in that blender with some crushed iced!
2 ripe bananas cut into chunks
6 oz banana liquor
6 oz Baily’s Irish cream
6 oz coconut cream
4 cups crushed ice
Break out the blender and combine the bananas and banana liqueur; blend until smooth. Blend in the Irish cream and coconut cream (Make sure the coconut cream is at room temperature, or you will not be able to pour it). Finally, add the ice and blend until smooth.
With the fourth of July here already, it’s time to think of eating out doors. I know I’ve covered lots of salads and picnic foods here on this blog, but I don’t recall doing much in the way of fruit salads. So, because the where is hot, there’s sales on fruit, and the rum supply is ample… let’s get some things tossed together and put on ice.
Here’s what you’ll need:
½ of a pineapple
2 navel oranges
3 tablespoons Parrot Bay coconut rum
Peel, halve, and core your pineapple. Dice up half of it and toss it in the bowl. Peel and slice up the kiwi fruits, and peel, pit and cut up as best you can that mango. I say this which the experience that dicing these stone fruits can be very dicey indeed. Peeling and slicing your bananas is simplicity itself in comparison, so go and do that now…. Tossing the slices in the bowl.
Now for something creative. Cut the top and bottom off the oranges just deep enough to expose the inner fruit. Following the curve of the fruit cut the skin and pith off the orange in panels. Holding the orange over the bowl cut between the membranes to free the citrus segments. Let them fall into the bowl as they are cut free. By hand, squeeze all the juice from the remaining membrane over the fruit, then discard. Repeat with the other orange.
Now, splash this collection of fruits with the coconut rum, about three tablespoons or so, and let this sit in the fridge for a ½ hour or so letting all the flavors meld.
Serve this with a light topping of whipped cream if you like that, or, chiffonade of fresh mint leaves for a slightly different sensation.
Keeping a spirits theme going, this one’s a refugee from the summer grilling menu. But, if you have one of those indoor grillers, this tropical scallop dish can be made anytime (especially when there is a sale on scallops).
Here’s what you’ll need:
Coconut Rum Sauce:
¼ cup Captain Morgan Pirate Bay Coconut rum
½ cup sliced bananas
¼ cup pineapple
¼ cup light coconut milk
¼ cup orange juice
2 tsp fresh lime juice
1 pound large sea scallops
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup fresh grated coconut
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a blender container combine all ingredients for coconut rum sauce and puree until smooth. Set aside.
Lightly coat a baking pan with canola oil. Dredge scallops in flour, then dip into beaten eggs and roll in grated coconut. Place in prepare baking pan and bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until coconut is golden.
Warm up the coconut sauce. Serve 3 coconut-crusted scallops with sauce.