A few days ago I was shopping at Save-On-Foods and I spotted something that caught my eye in the vegetable section. It was the pomelos. I had never had a pomelo before so I decided to buy one. It seemed like an okay deal for an exotic fruit it came to $2.29.
This afternoon my mom and I shared the pomelo. At first I want to peal it, but after a few attempts with my peeler as well as a knife it became evident that pealing it was not going to happen (the peal was way to thick/hard). We then tried to get into it by cutting it down the middle. That was also quite difficult, but with enough effort we were able to get into it.
I tried to eat my half like a grapefruit but came to realize quickly that it was not the best way to eat it.
In the end I ended up eating it by making a slit to remove the peal and then cutting away at triangle shaped segments and eating those.
The pomelo had a lovely light citrus smell.
Taste wise my first impression was that is had a very mellow and light citrus flavor. The flavor does resemble a grapefruit but is more subtle.
I’m not sure I would buy another pomelo but it was an interesting taste experience.
I have always been a huge fan of wraps of all kinds. I use to eat them often but haven’t had one in quite a few months.
A few days ago I decided to make myself a wrap for lunch. I used my left over cajun chicken breast, a whole wheat tortilla shell, marble cheese, ranch dressing, and romaine lettuce. It turned out super yummy. Here is a photo.
Yesterday while I was at Fairway Market I checked out the many exotic fruits and vegetables they have. I found some passion fruit and decided I would give it a try. I had never had a passion fruit before this experience but I had had some passion fruit juice mixed with some other juices.
When I decided to sit down and eat my passion fruit, I first tried to just bite into it (like I would a plum). I stopped immediately when I discovered how hard and tough the outer layer is. I then googled “how to eat a passion fruit” and learned that the hard and tough outer is generally not eaten (it is also very bitter). I then proceed to scoop out the pulp and seeds and eat that. The taste was very pleasant and mildly sweet. The seeds were as expected crunchy but good. I’m not sure if those are usually eaten or not. Together and pulp and seeds amounted to only a few teaspoons of food.
Does anyone know of a way that the tough skin can be eaten? Perhaps baked in some kind of sweet/tart bread?
Today I wanted something simple for lunch so I decided to have a plain toasted bagel with olive oil margarine and marble cheese. I used my favorite kitchen tool the cheese slicer, to create nice thin slices of cheese.
For an appetizer I had a lovely bowl of fresh cantaloupe.
I felt full and satisfied after I had this simple meal.
A couple days ago I was in the mood for spicy chicken. We also had no bread in the house so I decided I would make a salad.
I fried up a couple chicken breasts. I spiced them with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and freshly ground Cajun seasoning. Once the chicken was well cooked I cut it all up into small pieces and put some aside for a future meal.
For my greens, I mixed romaine lettuce with iceberg. I combined them in a bowl and added my signature home made salad dressing.
For the dressing I drizzled some olive oil over my greens and then poured a generous amount of balsamic vinegar over the lettuce. I sprinkled salt and pepper over my greens, then I added some light parmesan cheese over top. Finally I added my Cajun Chicken. Viola lunch was served.
It was a wonderful yummy meal. I was surprised that I was quite full after, since I usually have a something else with salad.
I had some of my favorite juice with my delicious salad.
This afternoon while I was eating lunch I commented to my mom that I can never cut my cheese slices very thin. This was in relation to the grilled cheese sandwiches which I had made myself (my style which are featured in this post http://www.lisaopolis.com/?p=228 for lunch. I had said to my mom that “the cheese never melts fast enough for me because my slices are so thick“). She said that a cheese slicer would make them thinner. I had never heard of a cheese slicer before. I have had those nice thinly sliced cheeses from the deli section a few times. However I had always thought that a large industrial sized slicer sliced those (since I had used those several years ago when I worked in a café and sliced cheeses).
After lunch my mom and I went grocery shopping. She decided we should look for a slicer, so we did. We found them located in the section with the cheese graters. We picked the cheapest one since they all looked pretty much the same.
Here is the one we purchased:
When we got home I decided to test the slicer and see how it measures up to my normal cheese slices.
Below is my normal cheese slice (with a knife).
Here is a slice with the cheese slicer.
The difference is not visualized that well in the photos but in reality there is quite a difference. My slices made with a knife are much thicker and not very uniform. The cheese slices I made with the slicer are thin and uniform!
I have to say I love this kitchen tool. I will be using it often!
Yesterday I was craving poppy seed roll. I searched out recipe shelf but was unable to locate the recipes we usually use to make this treat, so I googled it. I found a couple recipes that I liked so I printed them both and combine them. I used this recipe mostly as a guide: www.thefreshloaf.com/recipes/makowiec
The poppy seed stollen turned out very well. It makes two large sized rolls. It is a house hold favorite.
If you love poppy seeds in treats you will probably love this roll.
Here is the recipe I came up with.
Poppy Seed Stolen (Roll)
1 tbsp instant yeast
¼ cup warm water
5 cups all purpose flour
¾ cup olive oil margarine
1 cup no fat sour cream
1 cup white sugar
½ tsp salt
the zest of one lemon
100 g ground almond
2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp rum extract
¾-1 lb poppy seeds
½-¾ cup white sugar
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp rum extract
150 ml skim milk
1 tsp cinnamon
½ cup of more raisons
Large amount of parchment paper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees C For the dough: Place the yeast in a bowl, and add the warm water stir and set aside. In a large bowl add the flour. Cut the margarine into the flour. Add the lemon zest and ground almonds. Mix in the salt and sugar. Then add the eggs, sour cream, yeast, rum and vanilla extracts. Beat with an electric mixer until combined well. Now knead the dough until it is smooth and form a ball. Divide the ball into two and roll each out into a rectangle shape on parchment paper.
For the filling: place the poppy seeds in a medium-large sized bowl. Bring milk to near boiling point (I used the microwave). Pout milk over poppy seeds. Stir well. Now add the sugar, egg (beaten), rum and vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Mix well. Now and the raisons and stir until they are all coated. Spoon the poppy seed mixture onto the rolled out dough. Roll each rectangle up Once rolled, roll up parchment paper around roll fairly snugly. Let the formed roll rise in warm area for 40-60 minutes. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-50 minutes (depending on your oven temperature).