A couple of years ago we endured what we’ve affectionately named “The Blizzard of Oz”. It amounted to three days straight of missed school and was, incidentally, adjacent to a weekend so gave us FIVE STRAIGHT DAYS of indoor captivity. It forced us all to get very creative. Case in point: my children started out with a blanket fort, but expanded to include a bedroom, eat-in kitchen and, ahem, sunroom. (The sunroom was a wall of blankets tied to a window FYI.) Creative.
My creativity manifested itself in the kitchen where I got a little crazy with some fruit and a blowtorch.
This one wins a prize for sheer simplicity. It’s just strawberries and bananas (or whatever fruit you have) sprinkled with a little sugar and then torched to create that crispy, sweet crust that adorns the top of creme brulée. It takes the fruit to a whole new level, adding flavor and texture, and is really pretty to look at too. I wouldn’t hesitate to serve this at a fancy dinner party.
Oh, and if someone were to throw in some ice cream? Game over.
p.s. I couldn’t actually find my kitchen torch, so I just used a regular butane lighter (the one we use to light candles or the grill). It worked perfectly, but it has to be a butane one.