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January 13, 2011

My First Fennel

Today I was excited to pick up this little beauty during my latest trip to Reading Terminal Market (the second most Magical place in the world next to Disney World!).


I tried fennel for the first time the other day during a lunch date with Sabrina and I was instantly in love. Can you believe I have never had a bite of fennel before? During my first taste, I enjoyed it in a salad with cutie orange slices. It was incredible.


It’s quite an interesting looking vegetable, wouldn’t you agree? The bottom bulb looks like an onion.


And the the top part is leafy – reminds me like the top of a celery stalk.


According to Wikipedia fennel has some pretty awesome medicinal and culinary uses.

  • Fennel is prominently used in Mediterranean cuisine, where bulbs are used, both raw and cooked, in side dishes, salads, pastas, and vegetable dishes.
  • For adults, fennel seeds or tea can relax the intestines and reduce bloating caused by digestive disorders.
  • Indian and Ancient Roman cultures regarded fennel as the ‘herb of sight’ as it is said to improve eyesight.


Such a nifty looking and tasty little vegetable!


I was so excited to pick up a fennel bulb for my very own today during my shopping trip. But now the important question is – What do I do with it? Does anyone out there have any amazing fennel recipes for me? I love doing my own research online, but it’s more fun when you try a good recipe that a friend suggests, don’t you think?

Let me know if you have any ideas for me!


Are you a fellow fennel lover?

How to Dissect a Pomegranate

I was so excited when I saw pomegranate’s on sale at the store the other day because I was excited to post my special trick on how to peel them! I talked about this a while ago on the blog, but wanted to bring it back because we are technically still in pomegranate season!


So this is what I do to cut out a pomegranate. I slice it down the middle at first and hope none of the red juice squirts out at me (because that $hit will stain!)


Then I put some water in a mixing bowl and dunk one half of the pomegranate in the water.

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Then I go to work peeling out the arils.


The water does a great job of stopping any of the juice from squirting all over the place. It also allows the arils to sink to the bottom and the inedible skin bits float to the top.


Aren’t pomegranate’s such a pretty fruit inside?


I love all the layers and the arils inside, such a deep beautiful red.



Pomegranate’s are not the easiest fruit to dissect, but this little water trick makes the end process a lot less messy!


There was one or two I had to manually dissect, but the rest were pretty easy to pop out!


After everything is peeled, I just scoop away the excess white skin and then drain out the arils.


They go from this – sitting in water


To the strainer – water free!

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They look good enough to eat!


Now we have finally gotten to the good stuff!

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There are so many awesome things you can do with pomegranate arils.


Add them to oatmeal, green monsters, yogurt…


You can add them to martini’s, sparkling water or other beverages for a nice pop of color and flavor.


They can also add a nice crunch to salads, desserts, appetizers or sauces.


Pretty much there isn’t anything a pomegranate can’t do, am I right?


There are lots of great things to do with pomegranate arils, but my favorite things to do with them is to enjoy them straight up.


I like to munch on them straight from the shell.


And then I went a little pomegranate picture crazy…

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They are just so fun to take pictures of! I couldn’t help myself!


What is your favorite thing to do with pomegranate arils (seeds)?


Do you have something special you make with them? Let me know of any good recipes!


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