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Food Friday

Friday, September 21, 2012

This is a different beast than last week's food Friday blog. This is the blog that I talk about my food challenge for BLC 16. We were to try a different fruit or vegetable this week. I tried two different fruits! Star fruit and Dragon Fruit.

Last BLC, although it was not a challenge, I tried squash, asparagus, Eggplant (but only in eggplant Parmesan dinners), and avocado for the first time. I liked the avocado and eggplant, the other two not so much. And the idea of eggplant by itself... I'm not sure if I like the eggplant, or the idea that it's masked in tomato sauce and breading.

Star Fruit (in case the visual clues aren't obvious).

To prepare, wash the fruit and shallowly cut of the brown edges with a knife then cut off the two ends. Slice into pieces as seen above, and remove the non-edible seeds. Most of the skin is edible. I found this fruit at a Publix in my city, but it was 1.69 for one fruit. :-/

I would say the taste is very much like a dry orange. But the fruit is much juicier than you'd expect. It kinda reminded me of a non sour jolly rancher, or starburst candy flavor too. It has the texture of a juicy orange. And the skin strangely enough is not as rubbery or meaty as I expected. (a little disappointed by that actually :-P

I'd buy it again if it was on sale at $1.69 per pound, but for one is a little crazy.

Dragon Fruit

This fruit was just fun! Fun to look at, fun on the inside, fun to prepare, fun to serve it in it's own skin shell. Just split it in half and scoop out the white fruit inside. Make sure to cut off any pink showing on the fruit because the skin is inedible. You can cut it into cubes and use the empty skins as a bowl as if you were on Survivor and it was a coconut.

Poor color quality, but trust me, quite colorful :-P

The taste was at first non existent. I put salt on one of the halves because in the south that apparently brings out flavor. It was sort of like a salted watermelon at that point. It's very seedy like a kiwi, just less organized in the fruit. The second half I ate tasted a little like a bosc pear. Still this fruit is also very mild. It actually wasn't citrus-y sour like most fruits are.

I found this at an Asian Market place in my area, but it was over $3!!! I'd love to have one again, but only if the price ever goes down. I love the color contrast the fruit had from the skin to the inside. Not often you see a fruit like that (perhaps that's why I like dark red apples?)

I hope my interview went well. It's so awkward sometimes when I'm just listening to the guy speaking, because I always feel I should be responding more. So I wouldn't say it was my best interview but I do think I answered some key questions quite well. Apparently it's between me and one other person. He told me I should go into packaging since that was my strongest sets of work, I would love to do that but I can't wait around for a packaging field position to open up. People will start to question why I haven't done anything with my degree yet. :-P The guy said I should find out this weekend. Very intense! If I get it it would be nice to answer people with more than "I've been running" when they ask me what I've been doing recently.

Todays exercise was walking back to my car after the interview, and walking the grocery store with a full basket of fruit. I'm taking a break from push ups and will do the exhaustion tests this Sunday. Whether my foot is better tomorrow dictates if I will run tomorrow.
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    emoticon On trying new things, i find it fun to do and spice things up to what you eat. Reason why i have tried most things. I plan on getting out my combination set of gourmet , stone grill and grill and doing up some meat and veggies for it. Might think of getting a eggplant to grill it :)
    2037 days ago
    Thanks for posting reviews of the fruits you tried! I think after reading this, I may want to try starfruit sometime.

    Also, GOOD LUCK with that internship!!! I hope you get it :-D
    2038 days ago
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    Ooh, I would love to try star fruit and dragon fruit, but I am WAY too cheap/broke for it! I usually plan my fruits and veggies for the week based on what is ripe in my garden and what is on sale/cheap at the store. My one exception would be pomegranates... I can't wait until they are in season! What kind of squash did you not care for? Ever try zucchini? SOOO good!

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that you hear good news about your job interview!!
    2038 days ago
    I've never tried star fruit! I tried dragon fruit, but to me, it really had no taste. It IS pretty though. I would imagine that they have a season like all other fruits and vegetables. Have you ever tried spaghetti squash? Now, that's fun! Keeping my fingers crossed...hope you hear good news about the interview!
    2038 days ago
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