I woke up this morning at 4:30am to the sound of the cat crying to come inside, and to the vision of some toast with butter and some Prickly Pear jelly! My Mom and I both tried Claudes PP jelly he had sent, along with a cup of tea yesterday. First, the color is a gorgeous clear color of red...just beautiful. The taste is mild and sweet...of course I just love a huge blob of it on butter!!! I am so bad! This pic below is my 4:30am peice of toast...with a Diet Coke! What is wrong with this picture??? LOLOL. Anyway...my big problem now is that I am already running out of this lushious jelly. Now what do I do??? :) If you missed the pics of all the goodies Claude sent my way, please scroll back two posts and check it out!!!
After Mom and I ate our toast, jelly and tea, we went outside and decided to try and saute/fry up some prickly pear pad. I took about a 7 inch long pad off my plant out front, washed it, and put a little olive oil in the skillet. I cut the pad shortways to look about the size of green beans. As soon as the heat hit it, it became slimy like okra would, so we threw some corn meal on it, and salt and pepper. We didn't want to mask the flavor too much. It had a tartness to it, and we decided it might be OK if we did a full batter on it with egg wash, and seasoned corn meal and then a real frying to crispy stage. It was a fun experiment. I think it would be good to throw some chopped pads in a stew or soup. They are supposed to be very good for you, so I may just keep this in mind when I make these things!
After all this, we went over to the college where the huge spineless cactus lives, and we got a few leaves off the bottom and brought them home to plant. This is supposed to regulate (lower) blood sugars in diabetics. I believe it would also help with lowering high blood pressure and in weight loss too. My Mom is planning to add fresh pad into her green shakes each morning for health. She already adds fresh aloe from her yard. She is a health nut...unlike her daughter (me...LOL)!!!
Have a wonderful day everybody!