Caught a minor lurgy from Huz’s rage-infected office drone colleagues and/or the rampaging childerbeasts at the park (why won’t people quarantine their sick kids/let them rest at home a little? blah!), so haven’t updated for a couple of MoFoing days because I’ve been busy behaving like a big cranky obnoxious frustrated toddler.
My sincere apologies to planet Earth and all its inhabitants. I’m not a good patient because I’ve become rather unfamiliar with illness even if it’s a minor cold that only lasts a few days instead of the few weeks that I used to endure pregan: MAGIC POWERS! But even vegan superheroines aren’t entirely impervious to Coronavirus.
So. What have I been eating? Or, rather: what have I remembered to photograph while I’m eating? That won’t tax me too much, let’s go with some Hipstergrams.
Left: cacao-carob banana/dates/nuts smoothie; moong dahl; let’s get ready to peach crummmmble.
Right: Smoothie! Recipe below.
Hit The Road, Jackfruit Green Smoothie
3-4 large fresh jackfruit bulbs, deseeded
2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
1 stalk off a bunch of broccoli
2 large kale leaves
handful of dried dates or 1-2 medjool dates, pitted
1 inch piece ginger
squeeze of lime, (quarter-half a big juicy lime)
2 cups cooled chamomile tea or water, or more as desired
Blend that crazy concoction until it’s smooth. Makes 2 large serves.
Bam! Take that, Coronavirus.
Quite frankly this smoothie tasted a little odd, but my sense of taste is a bit off right now. Huz said it was good. In my mind anything jackfruity is fan-bloody-tastic, so if you like living dangerously try it and tell me what you think!
You don’t know jackfruit?
Jackfruit isn’t available everywhere, so try an Asian grocery store if you’ve never seen it in your regular stupormarket – sometimes they even sell frozen packaged jackfruit bulbs (arils) if it’s not in-season, plus the big spiky whole fruits can be kind of tricky to cut up with all the latex-like ribbons and seeds inside. Jackfruits look a bit like durian but are nose-friendlier, less spiky, sweeter, and the fruit smells pleasantly like bubblegum instead of… well, whatever half-decomposed sulphurous thing that durian smells like. Legend has it that jackfruit is where Hubba Bubba originally got its bubblegum flavour from! They taste roughly like a mix of mango, pineapple, apple… a sweet fruit salad.
Jackfruit are ripe when the outer shell starts to soften and break open – they shouldn’t be super hard to crack open, and it smells like slightly-funky bubblegum – only slightly! It’s a fresh smell instead of the synthetic scent most of us know. Unripe green jackfruit can be cooked in curries alongside potato – many people say it has a pork-like flavour and texture – it’s salted and canned for this purpose. Sweet ripe fruit canned in syrup is also available… Ripe, ripe, ripe: it’s an important thing with fruit! In fact, one of my MoFo posts may be about how to correctly assess the ripeness of popular fruits, because a lot of people are eating underripe fruit thus not enjoying fruit nearly enough and it’s making me sad.