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Foodstuff: Rambutan

Rambutans are something that thus far I have only seen in cans and, as it happens, I have never tried them in that form either. Normally, when I purchase something new I like to first sample it and then try it out in some culinary experiment or other. However, if you look at the price on the package, you will see that the cost of each individual (very tiny) little fruit works out to just over a dollar apiece. Accordingly, other than using the canned variety, or purchasing some on a trip down south, I am going to have to content myself with just doing a brief taste test of this package for the time being…

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Foodstuffs: Drumstick (Saijan)

The curious looking vegetables you see above are, for fairly obvious reasons, popularly known, in English, as drumsticks. Over the years I have come across many recipes for them but, to date, I have not paid much attention to these, as the vegetable has always been unavailable to me. That all changed just a few days ago, however, when I came across several bags of them at a local store, thus giving me an interesting new foodstuff to investigate… Continue reading “Foodstuffs: Drumstick (Saijan)”

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Experiment: Chocolate Dripped Cape Gooseberry

Well…. A very short post today. When I introduced the South America Fruit Physalis (also known as Cape Gooseberry), I rather hoped to use some to make a salsa, possibly to have with smoked salmon. Unfortunately, there were only about 15 or 16 in the little basket I bought and that really wasn’t enough to make it worthwhile. I did, however, come across a suggestion that they be dipped in chocolate and thus I came up with the presentation you see above.

I used some of that Hershey’s Chocolate Shell Topping you put on ice cream and I put the fruit into the freezer for about 5 or 10 minutes so that the chocolate would harden on contact. Afterwards, I added a little dab of raspberry jam, sprinkled on some sugar, and then garnished each with a little sliver of mint leaf. I was planning to make some mint tea but I put the mint in ‘fridge and forgot about it so most of the leaves had turned brown (I really must stop doing that!). Luckily, though, I managed to salvage a few to slide underneath the treats as a further bit of decoration.

Anyway, I quite enjoyed them and my wife really liked them a lot. The chocolate did indeed go nicely with the fruit, so it turned out to be a very good suggestion. I hope you like the look of them and try them yourself…

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Foodstuff: Physalis (Cape Gooseberry)

When I first saw these in our local grocery store I thought I was looking at Tomatillos because of the unusual paper skin. It wasn’t until I got closer and saw that they were smaller and of different shape that I realized I was looking at something I had never seen before. These intriguing little objects were packaged in little baskets of a dozen or so and there was no identifying label on the shelf. The baskets, however, were sitting in a larger cardboard container that had the word ‘Physalis’ written on the side. This meant absolutely nothing to me and it wasn’t until I got home and did an Internet search that I discovered that this is, in fact, the proper name for what turns out to be a fruit of South American origin. Naturally, I picked up a basket to see what they might be like… Continue reading “Foodstuff: Physalis (Cape Gooseberry)”

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Foodstuff – Tindora … Something new to me!

Although I live in a fairly remote location in Canada’s North, we have a store in town called ‘Arctic Ventures’ that carries a pretty decent selection of imported foodstuffs – Shiitake mushrooms, pappadums, curry pastes, etc. Quite often, they also have fresh vegetables from overseas and the far south and, during this past year alone, we have seen bitter melon (both the Indian and Chinese varieties), lemon grass, Thai chillies and Okra. A few days ago, I was visiting the store to pick up a few items and I happened to spy these bags of a curious item I had never set eyes on before. The label identified these rather cute little green things as ‘Tindora’ and I realized that I have never even seen a recipe for them in my, fairly extensive, cookery book collection. Although I am all alone at home for the week, and thus hadn’t planned to do much in the way of experimental cooking, I couldn’t resist grabbing a bag. Continue reading “Foodstuff – Tindora … Something new to me!”