Paddleford visiting Ouida Hill in Hawaii

James Beard wrote that Clementine Paddleford was “the getting-aroundest person he ever knew besides Eleanor Roosevelt.”

The Prologue to Hometown Appetites is titled “The Getting-Aroundest Person.”  Here we find Clementine Paddleford heading to Hawaii to interview Ouida Hill.

Here is a part of the prologue:

“With their cool, custard-like texture, almost like ice cream, but not quite, the bananas sent her yellow pencil flying. “You can’t believe your tongue!”  Paddleford scribbled in her notebook.  She knew these beauties would do for any sort of party, anywhere.  Mrs. Hill was taken aback: The dessert was an off-hand concoction, a dish she had made so often and with such lack of forethought that she was shocked the great food writer was interested.  It was just a dessert of her own invention, she explained to Paddleford, something she thought of long ago and far away from the island paradise.  Paddleford persisted and learned another secret.”

Recipe:

Ouida Hill’s Frozen Bananas

5 ripe bananas

1 1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup sugar, or more to taste

Peel bananas.  Wrap each in waxed paper, twirling both ends to create a tight seal.  Place in freezer until very firm, overnight or at least 3 to 4 hours.

Chill 6 wide-mouthed dessert glasses or shallow bowls in the freezer for 5 minutes.  Remove glasses from freezer and pour 1 tablespoon of the cream into each.  Unwrapping the bananas one by one, slice half of them 1/4 inch thick, distributing the slices evenly among the glasses.  Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar over the bananas in each glass.  Then drizzle 1 tablespoon of cream atop the sugared bananas.  Slice and divide remaining bananas among the glasses and repeat the process, sprinkling each serving with 1 teaspoon of the sugar and then topping with additional 1 tablespoon of the cream.  Serve immediately.   Yield: 6 servings.

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