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Spicy Bananas
Spicy Bananas
Spicy Bananas


Recipe: Red Pepper Sauce; Whirlwind Weekend


I had a whirl wind weekend, loaded with boys, booze, and bbq.

Friday, I caught up with my best guy friend. We’ve been tight for 9 years, and always have fun together. This particular friend has been going through a break-up that I think is ridiculous. Why? because the chick is a crack head, and all crack heads are ridiculous. The catch 22 here is we’ve both known this woman for years. So needless to say, since there is so much history between them, he’s distraught over her. So, I go meet him, to cheer him up.

IMG_4982We walked down Bedford, stopped at a jewelry table, picked-up a couple of necklaces, and headed to Hotel Delmano to order my favorite rum cocktail, the Hemingway Daiquiri. Luckily, Bobby was bartending! He makes this cocktail the best, and knows exactly what we drink.

After a quick cheers,  my friend and I get chit-chatting about this-and-that. Then, the conversation turns to how I should be his girlfriend.

This isn’t the first time I’ve heard this. Once,  5 or 6 years ago he asked me this, and I slapped him, right then and there. Then, he did it again at the end of my last relationship. He’d say, “I’m gonna steal you away from him”. It would make me blush.

Tonight, he’s suppose to meet me at the end of the night for ice cream. I want to talk to him. I have doubts, and I adore his friendship. It’s one of the coolest relationships I have in my life right now, and I don’t want to screw that up. But he’s fun, and I like fun. So, I do hope I see him tonight.

I’m not quite sure if he will even show. He said he was going to a concert in the city. He’s probably drunk, and with the girl he was dating last weekend. So…I kind of think he won’t show. That’s ok though, it will give me time to work, and lets me know where he really stands.

But while I wait, I’m having a cook-out with my roommates. I’m making Salad with Bacon Blue Cheese Dressing, and Shrimp in a Pescado Sauce. Here’s the recipe.


Grilled Pescado Shrimp

Equipment: 2 Large bowl, brick or a full teapot, bamboo sticks soaked in water, hot grill or grill pan, serving platter

2 pounds of shrimp, cleaned, tails left attachedIMG_4965

2 dried ancho chiles, stemmed and seeded

2 cups crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup water the ancho chiles were rehydrated in

2 cloves of garlic made into a paste with sea salt

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried cumin

2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1-2 limes, cut in half

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped


  1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Add the dehydrated ancho chiles, and place a brick or weighted object on top the chiles tomake sure they stay submerged. After 8 hours, drain the peppers and reserve the liquid (the liquid really adds  nice flavor to a plethora of sauces).
  2. Place the rehydrated chiles (seeds and stems removed), crushed tomatoes, chili water, garlic, oregano, cumin, and Worcestershire sauce in a blender and mix for 2 minutes or until the sauce is smooth.
  3. Place the shrimp and sauce in a large mixing bowl, and chill for thirty minutes.
  4. Thread the shrimp on bamboo skewers.
  5. Heat the grill to high. Place the bamboo skewers and limes flesh side down over the flames. Cook until the shrimp are pink. About 3 minutes.
  6. Put the shrimp on a beautiful platter and squeeze generous amounts of lime over the shrimp and sprinkle with fresh cilantro.





The Summer of Love

TawnyaTaurusresizeOh my god! My Spicy Bananas how I have missed you!

Things are going to be a little different around this blog now. I want to open up more about myself on this space. Things have been a little sterile on Spicy Bananas, because honestly, I didn’t want to share the heart break I was feeling as the relationship that once made me so happy eventually made me sad.  But now…..I’m single, and having such a great time. Probably too good of a time, since it’s already the end of July and I haven’t written a thing on here!

My nights have been filled with fun dates, lively dinner parties, amazing food, and strong cocktails. I’ll admit,  I have been using dating multiple men as a way to distract myself from my break-up, but  hey I’m making up for lost time.

Last night, my roommates and I grilled on our roof. I didn’t have a date, but it was a picnic of all men. We grilled steaks, chicken, and stuffed mushrooms filled with sweet crab and cream cheese. For salads we had a cucumber salad that I made, and a kale salad prepared by a guy that makes raw chocolate bars and sells them to coffee shops and organic grocery stores around Brooklyn. My favorite part was the steaks.

It was a really mellow night; however, the problem was I was feeling pretty frisky. So, coltish in fact, I almost pulled my roommate’s best friend aside to ask him to secretly take a shower with me. I had a few chances, but I chickened out and went to bed alone.

I was half hoping the guy that took me to Verde Coal Oven on the back of his motorcycle would call me after his bachelor party got over, but I still haven’t heard from him yet.

On that note, I will give you the recipe to the appetizer I served at last nights BBQ.



Mixing Bowl, Spoon, chefs knife


3 cups low-fat Greek yogurt

1 6-inch kirby cucumber or English cucumber, shredded

1 clove garlic turned into a paste

1/4 cup fresh mint, minced

1/2 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 tablespoons of lemon

fresh cracked pepper


Combine all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined.


Spice Up Your Love Life


When a couple hits the sheets for the first time everything seems exciting. Just their naked body is enough to get the juices flowing. But as time wares on the same 5 positions get a little monotonous.

Uneventful, or as I like to call it: vanilla sex, must be avoided. Experimenting new ways to turn each other on is like lighting a new flame under your relationship. It can lead to better, longer lasting sex, a stronger bond, and a little extra lust for life.

When sex with your partner is exciting the whole world smiles with you. Maybe it’s because you can’t wipe that sexy smirk off your face and people reciprocate by smiling back at you. It could even be that the extra spring in your step is contagious and your neighbor, mailman, and best friend all want in.

Keeping your sex life spicy will heighten the level of intimacy in your relationship, strengthen your immune system, and lower your chances of developing depression. All it takes is a little imagination, possibly a trip to a sex shop, and really putting yourself out there to the other person. Here are a few tips to get you started

Send racy photos to your lover. Peek-a-boo shots are an instant turn on. A sexy text photo lets the receiver know that thinking of him/her makes you horny, and you can’t wait to hit the sheets with them. Plus, shooting an eye candy text supplies am instant shot of sexiness to your mates day, turning them on. In turn, making them think private sexy thoughts about you.

Go shopping at sex shops together Adding a little novelty to your relationship can bring back the honeymoon period fast. The best part about being in a relationship is getting to push your personal boundaries and explore new fantasies. Sex shops supply more then sex toys. They have lingerie, x-rated movies, oils and lubricants, bondage ropes, nipple clamps, racy periodicals, informative sex books, and excessively high heels.

>Get it on outside the bedroom (or couch). Making out at a bar or sneaking off to an empty room for heavy petting (or a little penetration) can make the sex explode by the time you get home. The turn on is thrill of getting caught. This revs up the fight or flight response causing the pulse to quicken heightening all physical touches.

Recipe: Fresh Pasta I❤️ Dinner Parties!

Photo: by me!!!

I love having dinner parties, especially midnight super soirées. As the night dwindles on, hungry bellies crave satisfaction, and a private social gathering is just the late night answer.

I am far from a stressed out host, and usually these affairs happen at a moments notice. My method: use what you can on hand, have multiple bottles of wine for everyone to drink, make foods you have made a hundred times, get nice and tipsy, and ask friends to help. The combination works every time.

Usually, I start preparing food when people arrive. Then when a dish is done, I bring it out to the table for people to munch on. It’s like a parade of different appetizers and entrees float to my table and across peoples’ lips. Oh! And there is always a cheese plate with a variety of nuts, jams, olives, sun dried tomatoes, dried fruits, and cheeses. (Yes, I have all of these items on hand at all times.)

Last night it was fresh pasta noodles with tomato sauce. Everyone went wild over the Fettuccine noddles that oozed out of my Omega Juice maker. I also made hummus with ciabatta, and salads with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

I couldn’t believe how easy it was to make pasta with my Omega. I just assembled the dough, let it rest for 20 minutes, then broke off pieces and sent them through the shoot. Voila! Perfect, delicious fresh noodles in twenty minutes.

If you’ve never tasted home-made, fresh noodles you are missing one of life’s great joys. Chewier in texture then dried noodles. Fresh versions consist of flour, egg, and a little water (dried versions usually do not contain egg).

Newly made pasta goes best with more delicate sauces like a walnut cream or pesto. I assembled a traditional spicy red sauce, because I had all the ingredients on hand, I make this sauce about twice a week, and it comes together in about three minutes (thanks to Eden Organics Glass jar crushed tomatoes).

Photo: by me!!!

Photo: by me!!!

Fresh Pasta Noodles
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water

1. Place the flour in a large mixing bowl making a well in the center.

2. Put the beaten eggs into the center well in the flour. Mix the eggs and flour together with your hands.

3. Place the flour/egg mixture on a flour surface and roll the dough around for about 30 seconds to one minute.

4. Let the dough sit for twenty minutes.

5. Tear into long sections and send them through a pasta maker

6. Sprinkle flour on the noodles as they come out. Separate the noodles as they come out by placing each noodles between different fingers. P



Recipe: Morning Sex and Afternoon Soup AKA The Best Potato Soup Ever

Morning sex can lead to a less stressful day. Studies show it can improve mood, health, and your looks. When I do it first thing in the morning I’m turned on all day. I ceaselessly bat my eyelashes and giggle at even the stupidest of jokes.

Having an orgasm in the morning releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin. This chemical acts as a natural pain reliever, creates a state of well being, and assists couples in bonding.

Making love before getting out of bed strengthens the immune system too. When couples engage in sex the body releases the antibody IgA. It works hard to kill foreign substances that break down the immune system. This cleans the lymph and blood, resulting in better over-all health.

Other research suggests that making love first thing in the AM results in the release of the chemical oestrogen, which improves the tone and texture of skin, hair, and nails.

Start the day out right by coupling morning sex with a nourishing breakfast. When morning sex last until lunch I like to prepare a rich, velvety potato soup, especially on a blistery, cold winter’s day or to cure a hangover.

My Best Ever Potato Soup warms even the coldest of hearts. It sticks to the bones and revives a lackluster attitude. The soup’s richness adds to it’s aphrodisiac power. And even though it contains a high fat percentage and high glycemic index it will not tie down your digestion because you did so much morning exercise. Ok, ok….I’m making false presumptions based on my own experience not from science. But there is no denying this soup will impress.

Photo: By ME! Tawnya Manion

Photo: By ME! Tawnya Manion

The Best Ever Potato Soup (Inspired by the Pioneer Woman)

6 slices of smoked bacon

1-whole Medium Onion

3 whole Carrots, diced

3 stalks Celery, diced

6 whole Russet Potatoes, peeled and diced

8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth

3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 cup Low Fat Milk

1/2 cup Heavy Cream

1/2 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste

Black Pepper to Taste

1/2 teaspoon Blackened Spice

1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

2 teaspoons of Minced Fresh Parsley

1-cup Grated Cheddar Cheese or Parmesan Cheese

1. Add Bacon to a large soup pot over medium heat. Cook it until it’s crispy, about 6 minutes. Remove the bacon, and pour off half of the grease. Keep the other half of the grease in the pan.

2. Return the pot to the stove and reheat it to medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery. Saute for two minutes. Then, add the potatoes, saute for 5 more minutes. Season with salt, pepper, blackened spice mix, and Cayenne pepper.

3. Pour the broth into the pot and bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 12 minutes, or until the potatoes are starting to get tender. Whisk together the flour and milk to create a slurry, then pour into the soup and allow it to cook for another 5 minutes.

4. Pour half of the soup into a blender/food processor and blend until completely smooth. Return the blended mixture to the pot and reheat it to a simmer. Stir in the cream and parsley.

5. Serve in individual bowls with sprinkles of bacon, parley, and cheese ( I also always add extra pepper).