I like trying new foods. There aren’t many things that I absolutely despise when it comes to food. In fact, there has actually only been one food that I found to be completely repulsive – and that was lutefisk. My husband’s family is Swedish and it’s a holiday tradition to serve it. I can’t say I was forced into eating it, but pressured? Absolutely. The smell is atrocious and it doesn’t look appetizing in the least. I watched my husband’s uncle, Al, shovel it in like it was the best thing he ever tasted so I figured it couldn’t be that bad. I had never been so wrong in my life. It was horrendous. I can’t remember if I actually swallowed the one bite I took, but that was the only morsel of lutefisk that passed my lips. For two weeks following my taste, each time I thought of it, my mouth would salivate, but not in that good way it does when you smell bacon. It was that pre-puke saliva. The one you get after you realized you shouldn’t have had that last beer. Or when you find the sippy cup of milk that rolled under the couch a week prior and is now a sippy cup full of solid milk (which somewhat resembles lutefisk in appearance).
OK, moving on. So who’s hungry? Over the weekend, I found some cute little prickly pears at the store. I had never had one and they looked interesting so I decided to get a couple.
I sliced off the top and could see that the skin was really thick so I started cutting it off the sides. Here is the inside:
All of those little brown things are seeds. I thought maybe they were like kiwi seeds and you could just eat them, so I peeled the rest of the fruit and cut off a piece. I didn’t try a nibble – I threw the whole piece in my mouth, seeds and all. As it turns out, you can’t eat the seeds. Well, I guess you could, but they are hard. Like little rocks.
So I ended up with this:
That chunk on the top is what I spit out after realizing I couldn’t eat it. The taste wasn’t that bad, but I have no idea how to eat this with all those damn seeds! It tastes pear-like, but those seeds remind me of eating a pomegranate.
I have one prickly pear left (I don’t think this is what they are actually called) so I guess I should do a little research online to figure out how this is to be eaten. If you know, feel free to pass on your knowledge.