Is anyone out there as big a fan of the pomegranate as I am? I like to put all the seeds in a white cereal bowl and eat them with spoon. I also like to put them on my lemon sponge cake, but that is an entirely different matter. I know my cells feel nourished whenever I eat one. Fall/early winter is their season. Removing the seeds slowly is a meditative act for me. I take my time and get every single one. I have a special bowl for them this year...my thrifted Fire-King dish.
I firmly believe these little crimson gems must have some metaphysical properties, don't you? They're certainly easier to swallow than real gemstones. I've been know to do that on occasion. Yep. Once I even did it by accident. I'm the queen of swallowing fifteen horse-pill sized vitamins at a time, so one night I woke up with one foot still in dreamland and reached for my water on the nightstand...I scooped up my vitamins and swigged them all down at once. Only, they weren't vitamins. They were actually a small pile of tumbled gemstones! Interestingly enough nothing noticeable happened except I laid back down and slept like a rock. Aghahaahhaaha!!! Seriously...nothing bad happened.
I made a bi-colored butter lettuce salad tonight with pomegranate seeds, oranges and feta cheese. I dressed it with a light walnut vinaigrette.
Plus, since today was my first official real and true day off in a month, I made applesauce to celebrate. I love the stages from apples in the bowl to sauce it the jar, but I'll spare you the pictures of the early days because while it was delightfully fragrant, it looked like a pot of some kind of beige mess as it was cooking down. Here we are mid-process:
Normally I like it chunky and home style, but today I felt like pureeing it...
The recipe is simple...apples, water, vanilla bean infused brandy (Thanks Jill!), a few teaspoons of organic sugar and my secret ingredient...key lime juice! So good! I put it a jar and put it on the porch to cool and we had it with our salad and pork chops with roasted onion puree. Mark was in awe.
Little Orange Kitchen Tip:
After slicing open a pomegranate and removing the seeds by hand (Nigella's tip of tapping them out with a wooden spoon doesn't work well when you want them all) place all of them in a bowl of water...swirl the seeds and the little white piths (?) will float to the surface. I like mine totally pith free. It's worth the effort. They're both gorgeous and delicious.
Hey, do you think the reason I'm three pounds away from my under 200 pound mini-goal is because I swallowed the stones? Gulp.