One of the most beautiful things over the past 7 years has been watching Kenya's passion for cooking take shape. He started at an early age, mastering little jobs in the kitchen such as peeling bananas, stirring, and cutting with a wooden knife. Over time those actions have turned into truly useful skills and Kenya's own grand recipe ideas -- many which I welcome, while others can feel more like mad scientist food projects (the flour, egg, kumquat, and vinegar recipe wasn't exactly tasty, but even when one of Kenya's experiments don't work I know he is learning why not).
Many afternoons, we will return home from school and Kenya will declare that he has a major food idea which he must immediately turn into a reality. I do my best to take a deep breath and remember this is a burgeoning passion, then help him realize his vision. One of my all time brainchild favorites of Kenya's is his Peach Cake, which he has perfected over time and he I still make it today.
Recently, Kenya decided that he wanted to take slices of banana, dip them in melted chocolate and then roll them in peanuts. Sounds delicious enough, but his twist of tossing them in the freezer rocketed his recipe to an entirely new level. After dinner Kenya and I peeled the frozen bites off the parchment paper and literally couldn't stop putting them directly into our mouths -- we loved them frozen solid. Chloe winced as her teeth bit into each icy cold bite, then realized if she waited about 10 minutes for them to defrost a bit she could share our confectionary bliss. The mix of the slightly frozen sweet banana, coated with crunchy chocolate and salty peanuts truly makes for the easiest of desserts, yet it couldn't seem more out of the ordinary.
I'm not sure if Kenya knew the extent of his genius idea when he started this cooking experiment, but these Chocolate Banana Bites are insanely delicious! And with the thermometer rising, they're also the perfect summertime treat!