Daily Archives: 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!).

DSC_2107

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.

 DSC_2109

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

DSC_2110

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

DSC_2111

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.

 DSC_2114DSC_2117

Such a nifty looking and tasty little vegetable!

DSC_2115

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!

DSC_2116 

Are you a fellow fennel lover?

10 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

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!

DSC_1604

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!)

  DSC_1605

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

DSC_1606 DSC_1607 

Then I go to work peeling out the arils.

DSC_1614

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.

 DSC_1609

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

 DSC_1610

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

DSC_1616

DSC_1612

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

 DSC_1613

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

DSC_1619

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

  DSC_1618DSC_1628

They go from this – sitting in water

DSC_1629

To the strainer – water free!

DSC_1631 DSC_1632

They look good enough to eat!

 DSC_1633 

Now we have finally gotten to the good stuff!

DSC_1620 DSC_1621

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

 DSC_1622

Add them to oatmeal, green monsters, yogurt…

DSC_1623

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

DSC_1624

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

DSC_1625 

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

DSC_1626

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.

 DSC_1634

I like to munch on them straight from the shell.

DSC_1637 

And then I went a little pomegranate picture crazy…

 DSC_1639 DSC_1640 DSC_1641

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

  DSC_1643

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

 DSC_1644

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

DSC_1645

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

5 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized