Posting from the iPad about Persimmons

Thanks to our local Asian grocery store, Asian Pacific Market, Sarah and I have been all sorts of interesting new fruits and vegetables. When we first saw the bin of persimmons we wondered to ourselves, “what are these yellow tomatoes?” We had only been looking at the fruit for a minute before a man walked up with his wife and told us that they were tasty just like apples and this variety was not nearly as astringent as some of the other persimmon varieties. His wife’s advice on picking persimmons was “get the big ones,” with no mention of color or ripeness, though I assume that color does have something to do with it.

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The persimmons we were purchasing that day are known as Fuyu Persimmons and the have a light sweet taste and can be eaten just like an apple or pear. We ended up taking home a few and thoroughly enjoying them, thus leading us to purchase more upon our return to the market.

Once again Sarah and I find ourselves at the market and what’s this? Not one, but TWO different types of persimmons for sale this time! We’re feeling adventurous so we don’t think twice about getting two of these new “Hiyachi Persimmons.”

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Fast forward to today when we are ready to try our first hiyachi persimmon. I slice it up into nice thin pieces and I take a big bite. “Sweet” I think to myself as my mouth begins to contract on itself as though I’ve just taken a bite of black hole. To say this was astringent would be an understatement. Turns out that Hiyachi persimmons have to be fully ripened to the point of being a mushy jelly before that astringency goes away.

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Fuyu, notice how it is short and flat bottomed compared to the more elongated Hiyachi.

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The Hiyachi persimmon is often hung out to dry in Japan and then served as a delicacy.

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I also made a delicious pesto-ricotta pizza for lunch.

That’s all for today. These post on the iPad tend to be a little less polished but that’s just the nature of the beast I guess. Adios muchachos.

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Pad Thai Dinner Party

Sarah and I love to cook and we love to have friends over for dinner, so it was starting to bug us that we hadn’t had any guest other than Grant since we moved to the Springs. Luckily we’ve both made friends with Jonathan and his wife Lindsay, who joined us for dinner on Thursday.

Devin with a mouth full of grean onion roots

Cthulu cometh.

That’s what it looks like when I channel Cthulhu using the green onion roots we’d been growing in the windowsill. Since we were having Pad Thai for dinner we needed to make our rounds to the grocery stores for items to make the evening a success.

Our first stop was to the farmers market where we scored all sorts of fresh fruit and veggies for $15. We also had a really great pretzel strudel thing from a small vendor but I can’t seem to find anything about them online. Anthony’s Pretzels maybe?

After that it was off to Lee Hing Inc. to pick up shrimp and tamarind.
Lee HIng Inc. always has the most interesting produce so I can’t help but stop to take photos.

Chinese eggplant at Lee Hing Inc

Delicious.

Chinese eggplant: much smaller than “regular” eggplant.

Thai eggplant at Lee Hing Inc

Thai eggplant looks really good with a filter on it. I want to paint a bowl of these.

Thai Eggplant: even smaller with a green color and white striping.

As usual we made it out of the Asian market for a shockingly low amount of money, which pleased us. We even had lunch at their little cafe. It was worth the $5.95 we paid I’d say.

After a quick trip to Safeway for other groceries we returned home where Sarah immediately got to work baking the crust for our pizza while I started the menu.

Brownie cookie on a stoneware pizza stone

It was a perfect brownie, which meant it was too wet for our fruit pizza. Lesson learned.

The pizza stone worked perfectly for this dish.

Devin's dinner menu wireframe

Quick sketches to get the layout organized

You may be wondering why I made a menu for our dinner? If you’re wondering that, you obviously don’t know me very well, but I will say that the original inspiration was the themed dinners that Laura over at cincinnatinomerati.blogspot.com makes for her husband when returns home after being away on what I can only assume is business(she may have mentioned business)).

Devin's dinner menu, top portion.

Here we see the Salad Detail and Logo I made for Sarah and I.

This was a really fun project since I had to complete it quickly and wouldn’t have time to fix any huge errors. See that tassel looking thing on the top left in red? That was me covering up an accident, but if you’re not a painter/designer you’d never have thought second about it. I also really enjoyed creating that letter mark for Sarah and I, I’ll probably continue to use and refine it on future dinner party menus.

Devin's Dinner menu, completed in the leather frame

Completed Menu.

Here’s the completed piece. You may notice that the Pad Thai bowl is excessively deep, that’s just how we roll around here though. Big Bowls, for big appetites. *Cut To Rick Ross Enjoying some Pad Thai*

He’s the bawse, you know?

Lindsay posing with a salad.

The dressing on the salad was light but tasty.

Here we see Lindsay showing off the delish salads that Jonathan helped prepare. I made us a really light dressing and the secret ingredient was ranch. Not a whole lot, mind you, but just enough.

Sarah's Fruit pizza

Look how awesome Sarah made the pizza!

The pad thai was devoured (Jonathan and I put away some solid helpings) before I could snap any photos, but the pizza was captured at least.

Devin's post dinner Thai Tea shots

A perfectly sweet after dinner treat.

I totally forgot about the Thai Tea I’d made until well after the meal was done. We’d been enjoying wine and beer so no one minded. It was late at this point (9:30-ish) so I suggested we just enjoy Thai Tea shots, and of course everyone loved them.

Avery

Avery came too!

After that the Cavner family loaded into their car and headed back home, and Sarah and I watched an episode of the Shield Season 6.

Now that I’m done here I’m going to go paint some sunflowers for a thank you card I’m sending out.

-Devin