Kumquats


Kumquats

Kumquats

The Kumquat

I love kumquats. Some are bitter, some are sour, and some are sweet. They are little orange jewels that can pack a real punch when added to a dish. Alas, people often approach this fruit with fear and trembling because of the bitter and sour characteristics. But there is a trick to this fruit. Usually the more bitter and sour the inside, the sweeter the rind is. This brings to mind the people who tell me that they do not like kumquats because of all the hard work peeling the little buggers. I have to break it to them that the peel is the part that you eat. The look of perplexity that I receive is worth the next two minutes I have to spend trying to convince them I’m telling the truth: “No, really! With this one you eat the skin.”

So what do you do with a kumquat?  With this fruit you have a blossom end and a stem end; cut off the stem end and keep the blossom end to work with. A good guesstimate of how much to cut off would be around a quarter inch, or a little more than the diameter of a pencil. Next comes the tricky part. You know that motion you make with your fingers that symbolizes money? That is what you are going to do to your kumquat. Roll it between your fingers and add enough pressure that you think it is going to just fall apart in your hands. Once all the juice is out start pinching the blossom end and you will feel the pithy inside slowly loosen.  Then you just pinch out the guts. Now you have a hollow kumquat. I love to stuff my kumquats with chocolate of some sort, but that is cliché.  

Sprouts Sprouts Everywhere Are Sprouts


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Today is day three of testing a seed sprouting system I came across four days ago.  It is the Freshlife automatic sprouter by Tribest Corp.  In the past, whenever I sprouted seeds, I have used a number of methods– everything from sprouting jars to hemp sprouting bags. My old standby that I’ve used most often, though, has been sprouting things in mixing bowls. The number one problem with the mixing bowl method is it takes a few of the mixing bowls out of commission for a few days. This, along with the amount of counter space it takes up, can be a point of contention between my wife and me. I need to add here that it is not necessarily that the bowls take up a lot of space, but it is the kombucha, the sprouts, the hard cider, and any number of my experiments that have taken over the kitchen which she eventually frowns upon. This being said, the Freshlife has a footprint of less than a foot. It is very quiet and it is easy to use. One of its features that I love is that the sprouting tray is sectioned off into four sections, so you can sprout seed medleys keeping in mind sprouting times. The price of this machine is around $100.00 I justify paying this because time is money and you can spend a good deal of time washing and rinsing seeds so that yeast and other microorganisms do not grow.  I still need to try out the wheat grass mats that came with the Freshlife.  When I do I will let you know what I think.