[Sca-cooks] Strange questions for the New Year
Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius
adamantius1 at verizon.net
Mon Jan 1 10:21:08 PST 2007
On Jan 1, 2007, at 12:57 PM, Devra at aol.com wrote:
> I'd like some assistance with preparation of some Strange Stuph.
> In my
> (semi-)local Stop and Shop, they had a bizarre-looking object
> resembling the head
> of Khuthoogol - lots of thin-ish roots or branches. They labeled
> it 'Budhha's
> Hand.' Is it a fruit? A vegetable? How does one cook it? [I am
> assuming it
> is native to the Far East, and probably never never known in Our
> Area in
> period, but this is the group with the widest knowledge...]
The Buddha's Hand I've seen looks a little like a bunch of bananas
but is actually a single, segmented citrus fruit that I think is a
form of citron. It's generally seedless, with a sour pulp, not much
juice, and mostly all that is done with it, apart from sticking one
in a closet to keep it from smelling musty (and possibly to repel
some types of insect), is to candy the rind. I've never done this,
but I hear the white pith is a lot less bitter than the same pith
from other citrus fruits.
> Second question: the local (to Weight Watchers) greengrocers
> seem to
> carry green, fuzzy, unripe almonds and also pistachios. What does
> one do with
They can be sliced (raw or lightly blanched) and put in salads (this
is apparently a Middle Eastern Thing), behaving a lot like edamame or
baby fava beans, and then, of course, one can dig out the Menagier
recipe for compost that calls for new nuts...
> Devra the slightly confused (and a happy new year to all)
And to you!
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brioche!" / "If there's no bread to be had, one has to say, let them
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