As with life in general, I have noticed that my cooking life has gone through various phases. There was the cake phase, the cookie phase, the anything chocolate and anything caramel phases, and perhaps inevitably, there was the frying phase. I dipped my toe in the frying waters ever so gently with these addictive banana fritters, and from there I started frying everything I could get my hands on: chicken, doughnuts, and dumplings. These fritters are quick, easy, and surprisingly tasty little snacks. The banana flavor really shines through. I last brought them out for an afternoon book-group/coffee-club meeting, and there were many requests for seconds. Treat the rum sauce as optional if you like, but it’s well worth the effort. By the by, the rum sauce is awfully tasty on pancakes, French toast, and drizzled on hearty bread puddings.