New Food – Dragon Fruit

Ever since I started my new food adventure, I’ve been wanting to try a dragon fruit. They are truly intriguing-looking.

So, when I was up north, I decided to buy one and test it out on the up north family. Now, nothing against the up north grocery store (we have shopped there for years and I’ve always liked it), but their dragon fruit didn’t live up to the ones I’ve seen in the suburbs. Maybe by the time they get up north, they are in the first stages of wilting.

But I bought one anyhow – the best-looking in the bin.


One night, as we sat around chatting with some company, I cut into the fruit. Some are white with black seeds inside – but the one we had was red inside – a glossy, shiny, red like the side of a just-waxed fire engine.


A lot of people are using dragon fruit in salads these days (so says the internet and of course, we believe the internet.) But we didn’t have a fruit salad, so we just ate it as is.


I gave everyone a piece and although we all sort of hesitated (trying new foods is always rather frightening), we did all (including the company) eat a piece.


Here Jeff is trying to figure out exactly what it tasted like because in the end, we all decided that it didn’t taste like much of anything. But at the same time, it was sort of good. Cindy liked the crunch of the seeds. And most of us said it sort of reminded us of a strawberry. I think one of the kids had two pieces. Even the company was sort of intrigued.

In the end, we decided on a five out of 10, but I’m wondering if we had one that looked like it wasn’t on the way to wilting, if it might taste better.

So, I might try another one. Or, YOU could try it and tell me what you think.

Bradley Park – Tomahawk, Wisconsin

Bradley Park, Tomahawk, Wisconsin is situated next to Lake Mohawksin. One of the trails leads across a wooden bridge to an island … which is where we wandered this summer July evening while waiting for Jacob’s game to start.


New food – Wild Boar Jerky

We had stopped at a speciality store because Cindy had a coupon for one of their pies. So while she was doing that, I challenged the rest of the family to come up with an unusual food that none of us had eaten before.

They chose wild boar jerky.

20160208054949!Wildschein,_Nähe_Pulverstampftor_(cropped) First, to get your appetite ready for this taste sensation, you have to consider what a wild boar looks like. I mean, if this doesn’t get your taste buds in a crazy dance, I’m not sure what will.

But we took it home and we partook.

I think I can honestly say no one really liked it. The consensus of opinion was that at first bite it tasted like beef jerky, but it quickly filled your mouth with a weird spicy taste … a taste that stayed with us much too long.

Between one and ten – I don’t think anyone gave it over a two.

Consider this one food that we ate for you, so you don’t ever have to taste it!

New Food – Aspa – Broccoflower

IMG_7686I found this at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. The vegetable was labeled Aspa – broccoflower. The teen waiting on me told me it was a combination asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower.

Since I like all those vegetables, I had great expectations.

The vegetable reminded me a Buddhist temple with all its tower shapes.

I figured I would cook it as I would any of those vegetables and should it should be easy to incorporate into a dish.

I looked it up when I got home and found several references to broccoflower, but none with the asparagus added in. The images looked like the one on my counter so I’m thinking it’s just broccoli and cauliflower inspite of the label.

Then I tasted it – I don’t know if I just happened to pick up a bad one, but it was not good. I couldn’t distinguish any of the individual vegetable tastes, but instead tasted bitterness.

Not good.

I took some to a friend who also likes these three vegetables and she agreed that it didn’t taste good.

So I don’t know what the problem is. Have any of you had this vegetable? If so, did I just get a bad one?

New Food – Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli

I’ve gotten kind of behind on my new foods with everything happening – like contractors gutting the bathroom and ripping siding off the house.

IMG_7639So tonight I stopped at one of my favorite they-must-have-something-I-haven’t eaten grocery stores and wandered around. I did find one interesting food – and purchased it, but also knew I wouldn’t have time to experiment tonight so continued looking for something easier.

Then I saw a package of pumpkin and sage ravioli and though I’ve eaten a lot of ravioli in my life, I am fairly sure I’ve never done the pumpkin thing.  Instead of pumpkin lattes, I decided on some pumpkin pasta.

Making it was fairly simple – similar to any frozen ravioli product and within five minutes, I had my dinner.IMG_7642

Which tasted like pumpkin.  In fact, when you opened a ravioli up (what’s the plural of ravioli anyhow? Raviolis? Raviola?) – it looked just like pumpkin pie filling inside.

IMG_7644Yep. Pasta stuffed with pumpkin which is probably why it’s called Pumpkin Ravioli. (I didn’t really taste the sage.)

That’s how it works out sometime.

I would give it a 7 out of 10. Not bad.