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expanding my culinary horizons

After last night's culinary debacle, today's culinary surprise was particularly welcome. My dear friend Rukmi brought me lunch! Rukmi is Sri Lankan. She cooks the best food. I ate a fish and egg croquette, lentil curry, saffron rice, all with delicious chicken and what I thought might be tuna. I asked Rukmi what the meat was, and she told me it's all chicken. "The flat, triangular meat? With the spices? Is it tuna?"

She laughed lightly. "That's a wegetable," she said, in her lovely Sinhalese way.

"Oh, yeah? Like a beet?" That made sense, because it flaked like tuna steak or like beets might.

"It is jackfruit."

Jackfruit? Jackfruit! I ate jackfruit today. Rukmi told me all about it: she used canned young jackfruit she bought at G & L Market on 22nd St.; fully grown jackfruits are gigantic and if one fell on your head it could kill you. When fully ripe, jackfruit is full of big pods that each have a seed in the middle, like a pomegranate, I imagine. It's a common food in Sri Lanka, and here I've barely even heard of it.

Thanks, Rukmi, for broadening my culinary horizons!



Editorial Aside: That's not Rukmi in the picture above. That's a picture lifted from the Web.

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sulu-design said…
What the... I've never heard of these and I've certainly never seen one. Sheesh, they're cool! I'm going to be on the lookout for one now. My culinary horizons have at least begun to expand. Thanks.
auntie m said…
I don't think athese will be showing up in Wegman's but I'd like to get my hands on one.
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