That’s just bananas

Bananas play a part in “Moonlight and Magnolias.” We have both bananas and banana peels on set during the play. Last night, after Saturday’s performance, our crew — more about our crew in a moment — asked if anyone wanted some bananas that might not make it to our performances next weekend. I took some overripe bananas, because I knew they’d be perfect for one of my favorite treats: banana sorbet, a/k/a banana “ice cream.”

I blogged about this, more than once, at my old blog, but since my old blog content appears to have been lost, I’ll repeat myself here. Banana sorbet has the texture of soft-serve ice cream but is made with bananas, by themselves, without any sugar, sweeteners, or dairy. Bananas are the only ingredient unless you decide to add in some other flavor — chocolate chips, or berries, or cocoa powder, or something like that.

Here’s how you do it: Peel the bananas and cut them into small pieces, maybe half an inch or 3/4 inch thick, and put them on a baking sheet (I used a sheet of cooking parchment to keep them from sticking). Put the baking sheet into the freezer until the banana pieces are frozen solid, at least four hours or so.

Place some frozen banana pieces into your food processor. (Bag any remaining pieces and leave them in the freezer for a future batch.) Process them on high, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl if needed. The mixture will look crumbly at first — that would be a good time to add any desired flavorings. Today, I put in a Hershey bar, broken into individual rectangles. Keep processing, and the crumbles will suddenly come together into a product with the texture of ice cream. Stop processing as soon as you have the right consistency, and serve immediately. Absolutely delicious.

Now, getting back to our crew. “Moonlight and Magnolias” has a small cast, but there’s a lot of technical stuff going on. David O. Selznick’s office has to look more, how shall I put this, “lived in” from scene to scene. There are also some special sound and lighting requirements — an intercom which Selznick uses to talk to his secretary and which I use to make a couple of speakerphone calls. We have an incredible tech crew on this production — capable and enthusiastic. Every night, they not only have to mess the set up but clean it up afterwards — a thankless job which they do while we actors are out front greeting the public and taking credit for everything.

Our stage manager, Linda Wyant, has been a joy to work with. She was our prompter during rehearsal, and has just worked her tail off at every opportunity. My former T-G co-worker Sherri Frame and her daughter Jordan have been part of the crew as well, along with my former castmate Will Prater. Brenden Taylor, of course, is our assistant director, and April Glosson-Smith has knocked the ball out of the park in her first turn as director.

All of them have made this an incredible experience. I’m looking forward to three more performances next weekend. Call 931-684–8359 if you don’t have reservations yet.