Archive for the ‘Fruit’ Category

Prickley Pear Cactus Fruit

Friday, November 1st, 2013

The prickly pear cactus behind our house has plenty of fruit this year. I do like the fruit’s taste, but the pain of dealing with the little thorns in my fingers has kept me from harvesting them in the past. With all these yummy looking fruit out there I decided to try again.

For the harvest I wear gloves and use tongs to handle the fruit. I then try to remove as many of the little thorns as possible before I peel the fruit. The best method for thorn removal I have found so far can be seen in this video:

I swirl the fruit around in a strainer under running water for a while. Here are before and after pictures:

After the thorns are removed I peel the fruit. Even at this stage I still use latex gloves for the handling for protection from thorns. I prefer the fruit fresh, so I eat it as is or dice it up and add it to my kefir.

Young coconut

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

In recent years coconut water has shown up in grocery stores everywhere. I have always enjoyed it, but I’m not so fond of the packaged variety. However, when young coconut is on sale I get some and keep it in the fridge. I like it best when cold.

Recently someone mentioned to me how difficult it was for them to open a young coconut. So I made this quick 30 second video of how I do it:

Salad with Grapefruit and Pork

Sunday, February 15th, 2009
Salad with Grapefruit (click picture to enlarge)

Salad with Grapefruit (click picture to enlarge)

A typical week night dinner here: Nice, big salad with some tasty protein. To keep it simple on a week night I used a marinade I bought.

Salad: As a base I used romaine salad, added some cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and some mushrooms (which I quickly sauteed). On a whim I added a nice red ruby grapefruit that I still had. For a dressing we just used some bottled light Italian dressing.

Pork: I marinated the the pork in a Ginger-Soy marinade over night. At dinner time I roasted it in our portable convection oven for about 20 minutes.

Sauce: For a sauce I took the marinade and reduced it (let it simmer) until it got the right consistency. Since I had marinaded the pork in it I made sure it reached boiling temperature for a while.



Dried Figs with Almonds

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Figs with Almonds

This is a simple, nutritious snack. Just get some dried figs (most health/whole food stores carry them) and some almonds. Cut the figs open, taken care not to completely cut it, and stick some almonds in the opening. Of course this works with other nuts also.

Here is a picture from the Spice Market in Istanbul where I saw this kind of snack among many other goodies.

Figs with Almonds Spice market