Monthly Archive: April 2014

Apr 30

Samphire – well this would start a conversation at a dinner party

samphire

If you’re wondering what that strange-looking cross between asparagus and cactus is doing in your salad, don’t fret—it’s probably just samphire. Also known as salicornia, sea asparagus or sea beans, samphire is available in two varieties: rock and marsh. Though it grows easily in the wild, it can also be cultivated in saltwater farms. A dazzling shade …

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Apr 28

YUMMMMM! Strawberry Salad inspired by Trisha Yearwood!

Strawberry Salad

Ingredients Great for a crowd! No complaints from even the picky eaters. Easy but different. Go Ahead and try! May the ChowChow force be with you! Salad: 1 package ramen noodles, crushed, flavor packet discarded 1/4 cup sliced almonds 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and …

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Apr 26

Durian – stinky but tasty

Durian

Stinky! but loved. The durian, native to Southeast Asia, has been known to the Western world for about 600 years. The nineteenth-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace famously described its flesh as “a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds”. The flesh can be consumed at various stages of ripeness, and it is used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and …

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Apr 22

Romanesco – have you seen this at your local farmers market?

Romanesco

Romanesco, also known as Romanesque cauliflower or Romanesco broccoli, is an edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea. First documented in Italy, it is light green in color. Romanesco has a striking appearance because its form is a natural approximation of a fractal. When compared to a traditional cauliflower, as a vegetable its texture is far more crunchy, and its flavor is …

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Apr 18

Kiwano melon

Kiwano melon

It may look like something from outer space (and, in fact, it once made an appearance on Star Trek), but the Kiwano melon is actually grown in Southern Africa, California and New Zealand. Nicknamed the “horned melon,” its yellow, stubby exterior encases a bright green, jelly-like fruit with edible seeds. The fruit has a citrusy flavour that some …

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Apr 14

Pummelo – something new to try

Pummelo

The pummelo is also known as the pomelo, the shaddock, the country of French as chadec, the Malayan limau besar, the Bali lemon, and the Chinese grapefruit have they characteristic of being the largest citrus fruit. The pummelo is, essentially, a kindler, gentler, giant cousin of the grapefruit with great sweet taste. It is related …

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Apr 10

Have you had a Cherimoya?

Cherimoya

Mark Twain called it  “the most delicious fruit known to man.”. It is grown in South America and referred to as the fruit of the Incas. Split in half and eat with a spoon.  A perfectly ripe cherimoya is an intoxicating combination of tropical flavors like bananas, coconut, strawberries, and mangoes.

Apr 07

Do you cookies spread too much

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Butter is the problem. Do not melt completely but soften by leaving it at room temperature for a hour or so. Do not microwave or melt on the stove.

Apr 04

Don’t just toast your Mashmallows

Brown sugar

Throw a few Marshmallows in your brown sugar bag. It will keep the sugar soft.

Apr 01

Rotten Bananas Be Gone

bunch-of-bananas

Separate your bananas from the bunch when you bring them home from the store. They will stay fresh longer.