less strange fruit

for breakfast yesterday, I had a dragonfruit!

These BRIGHT PINK, user-friendly fruits are so photogenic!

I'd never had a dragonfruit before - this little guy was another adventure in super 88 produce. The texture and taste resemble kiwi. I should've let it ripen longer - some parts weren't as sweet as others- but I couldn't resist.

And for lunch, some tasty leftovers - cold sesame noodle salad. I improvised a big batch of it for a boston vegan association get-together the night before.

The purple noodles are actually cooked black rice noodles:

Cold Sesame Noodle Salad

Enough Rice Noodles for 4 people
4 Tbsp Toast Sesame oil, divided
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
2 Tbsp Tamari or soy sauce (more to taste)
1/2 cup Edamame, shelled
1 cup Bean Sprouts
1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds*
1-2 Tbsp green onion, chopped

Cook Rice Noodles in boiling water until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water, stir in 1 Tbsp sesame oil to prevent sticking.

In a small pan, saute carrots in 1 Tbsp sesame oil over medium until just tender.

In a large bowl, combine noodles, carrots, edamame, tamari, and the remaining 1 Tbsp sesame oil. Add bean sprouts only if/when everything else has cooled, then garnish with sesame seeds and green onion. Stick in the fridge until cooled.

*To toast Sesame Seeds:
Put sesame seeds, dry, in a pan over low heat. Shake it around from time to time to make sure they turn over. Remove from heat when VERY LIGHTLY browned. Pale is better than dark - they continue toasting after you've removed them from the heat due to the oils inside. ***WATCH THEM CAREFULLY: they burn really easily, and once they've burned - ew.

and in durian-related news: the majority of things in the freezer either have a faint taste or smell like durian. Some, both. It's the fruit that keeps on giving.


ChocolateCoveredVegan said... Best Blogger Tips

The dragonfruit DOES indeed look pretty, as does the sesame noodle salad.

Ashasarala said... Best Blogger Tips

I just made a sesame noodle salad recently. It's sooo good.

Aren't dragonfruits the prettiest things?

Vegan_Noodle said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh no! Your freezer smells like durian? You poor thing...

Don't think I've ever tried dragonfruit, it is certainly beautiful.

Rural Vegan said... Best Blogger Tips

See, I told you to get rid of that durian! I've seen photos of the dragonfruit before, they're almost too gorgeous to eat. Always wondered what they tasted like.

Shananigans said... Best Blogger Tips

I've never had dragon fruit, so pretty! There's a cold rice noodle peanut thing in VwaV that I made a while ago, this sounds kind of similar. I've never seen black rice noodles, how exotic.