My First Pomelo

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Lisa on 26-04-2009

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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.

It’s A Wrap

Filed Under (Lunch, Quick Meals) by Lisa on 18-04-2009

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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.
Wrap unrolled

My First Passion Fruit

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Lisa on 16-04-2009

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Passion Fruit

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.

Inside Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit Pulp and Seeds

Does anyone know of a way that the tough skin can be eaten? Perhaps baked in some kind of sweet/tart bread?


The Best Salad Ever!!

Filed Under (Appetizers, Lunch, Quick Meals, Salads) by Lisa on 15-04-2009

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The Best Salad Ever

This afternoon I was in a mood for healthy food. I decided to make some salad for lunch. I was inspired by the recipe on fellow blogger Jenn’s blog at

This salad is unique and yummy. The many tastes and textures combine to give this salad “zing” like no other. I was so full after. As usual I morphed the recipe. Here is my version.

Romaine lettuce


½ red pepper

Some cucumber

3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

3 heaped tbsp low fat cottage cheese

A few shakes of ground light parmesan cheese

A small amount of grated marble cheese

2-3 tbsp medium salsa

Some sliced/slivered almonds

Prepare Vegetables. Combine all the ingredients in a medium-large sized salad dish. If desired have sections for each dressing ingredient. Toss if desired serve immediately.

I made myself a Pom-Wonderful Punch to go with my lovely salad with the juices below.


Pom Punch

A Simple Lunch

Filed Under (Lunch, Quick Meals) by Lisa on 15-04-2009

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bagel with cheese

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.

thin cheese

For an appetizer I had a lovely bowl of fresh cantaloupe.


I felt full and satisfied after I had this simple meal.

Cajun Chicken Green Salad

Filed Under (Appetizers, Lunch, Salads) by Lisa on 14-04-2009

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cajun chicken salad

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.

salad dressing stuff

Cajun spice


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.

my favourite juice

Our First Cheese Slicer

Filed Under (Kitchen Tools) by Lisa on 05-04-2009

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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 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:

cheese slicer

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).

cheese thick

Here is a slice with the cheese slicer.

thin cheese slicer cheese

 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!

Poppy Seed Roll A Lovely Treat

Filed Under (Baking, Rolls) by Lisa on 02-04-2009

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Poppy Seed Roll

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:

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

4 eggs

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

1 egg

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).