Special Snack Day

Ruby and I usually have pretty boring snacks like crackers and grapes or peanut butter toast. Today Ruby and I were both having a rough afternoon due to lack of sleep, another wet day and the trials of being a small person and a small person's mom. Because of this we decided that we needed a more special snack.
Today we enjoyed sliced bananas with spiced anglaise and softened carrots with miso dip.
I've been craving miso soup lately but haven't been able to find bonito flakes for the broth yet (traditional japanese miso is made with bonito broth - bonito is a type of fish similar to tuna) but I did buy miso because I figured I could try it with a different fish broth if I got desperate - which I'm not far from. I planned to have hummus with our carrots but my last batch had gone bad - we never eat it fast enough since I can't find Stacy's pita chips anywhere in Denton - but I noticed on the side of the miso container a recipe for a dip. I modified it and have since googled for another version that sounds good so if you like miso you should give it a try!

Special Snack Miso Dip - 2 small servings
1/2 Tbsp miso (I used this kind which I recommend beacuse it is organic and unpasterized)
1 Tbsp cream cheese (I used home made cream cheese from our raw yogurt - here's a quick how to on both)
about a 1/2 tsp or to taste of savory seasonings or in my case the "savory blend" from my spice rack
a few shakes of celery seed for a sweeter note
1 to 2 tsp rice vinegar to taste and to help stir everything together

Even Ruby liked it although she would rather have eaten another two or three bananas with the anglaise - she loves bananas.

I plan to do more with anglaise in the future. The first time I encountered it was last weekend when Chuck took me out to dinner and we had a piece of cake with chocolate chili anglaise. The anglaise was the best part in my opinion because it was not too sweet and I liked the way the chili complimented the dark chocolate flavor. I'm really excited about fall baking in general actually and will have to update soon about all the recipes I have in mind. Please let me know of your favorites!