Friday Miscellany--`Aha`aina Recipes, I'm a Chocoholic and Some Longan to Share
Happy Happy Friday! Since I have a few different things to mention, I thought I would do it all in one post today.
First off, my friend Michelle of The Accidental Scientisthas posted more photos and a lot of the recipes from the `Aha`aina, or "Great Feast" that happened last Saturday. (See my post about this incredible event here) So if any of the pictures of the fabulous dishes we ate caught your eye, you can look for the recipes here on her site. Also if you happen to be cruising by Foodbuzz, see the 24;24;24 event posts and want to give the`Aha`aina a buzz, that would be very cool.
If you have not visited Teresa's blogs yet, I highly recommend them both. You can learn a lot and she has some wonderful recipes too. Thanks Teresa--I am "wearing" the award badge proudly on my blog!
Finally, for the past two weeks my CSA box has had a bag of Longan in it and I thought I would share them with you. A Longan is a tropical tree, native to China, that bears a lychee-like fruit. Longan translates to "dragon's eye" referring to the way the peeled fruit's translucent flesh over a rounded black seed looks like an eyeball. The fruit is peeled and eaten fresh, can be dried and is also sold in cans of syrup in Asian markets here. The flavor is a bit less sweet than that of a lychee and I think it has more floral tones. In Chinese medicine it is reported to be good for the skin, rejuvenating and a good "sexual tonic." (oh my!) They make a nice healthy snack and I like to eat them when they are really cold.