Today was busy, just like every weekend, we had basketball and basketball and then we had some basketball… Actually my wife and I did have a date night, thanks to Grandma for watching the boys Saturday night. We took a few minutes to take a picture or two and the we raced to see “The Vow”.. let me just say that Channing Tatum kinda ruins it for every guy in the theatre. It was a good movie and we had a very nice time.
So on Sunday I wanted to make some thing new… I have been formulating a recipe for a couple of weeks and finally had the time. This is what I made:
Can you guess what it is? Give up? It is a chayote crisp. What the hell is a chayote? It is a mexican squash. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chayote, it is like a vegetable pear. It is crisp and juicy, but there is no sweetness. I have done a couple of things like dicing and adding to soup, last night I fried it like a potato, and I saw in this month’s issue of Food Network Magazine, there is a recipe for chayote-jicama salad. My wonderful El Salvadorian friend looked at me like I was going to grow a second head when I told her my idea of the dessert. So I had to give it a try. I peeled, seeded and sliced the chayote in a basic apple slice shape (is that an actual description?), tossed with cinnamon sugar and topped with a simple topping (butter, cinnamon, sugar, old fashioned oats). Baked it at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes and it looked amazing.
Now before you get all crazy on me.. there was some indications that it would work. Check out this urban legend.
I like it and will be trying to incorporate the vegetable in more dishes.
Second experiment of the day…
Leftovers part II… my wife made a delicious dinner a couple of nights ago, it was diced pork in a light bbq sauce. I heated the meat in a skillet with the sauce and added a wedge of Weight Watchers Jalapeno cream cheese.
I let the sauce reduce and then spooned on to whole wheat hot dog buns with a slice of slice cheese. Popped them into the broiler and served…
Judging by the speed in which my 13 year hoovered these sammies down.. I am thinking this may be a keeper.
I have some more ideas coming up and I hope you enjoyed these random thoughts…
Now go cook something!
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