This is the fifth submission (yes, counting mine and Laura’s) to the Vegansaurus June Challenge! I’m so proud! This time it’s Kirstin’s mystery backyard plums! Kirstin writes,
These are the plums that grow on the tree outside our neighbor’s house in the Midwest. I’ve done some urban harvesting before, but the June challenge got me excited about what else might be out there in our college town for ravenous and thrifty vegans to consume! Next on our challenge list: conquering homemade soygurt?
Don’t they look beautiful? Sharing fruit with your neighbors is awesome. It totally makes you feel like part of a community. Oh and Kirstin, if you need tips on making vegan yogurt, we’ve done it!
Please let us know when you take the June new foods Challenge, so we can celebrate your accomplishment with all of Vegansaurus!
I asked my friends for ideas for unusual foods and they came up with a bunch of things. Someone mentioned loquats and the next time I went to the farmers’ market, there they were! They kind of look like small, oval apricots. I tried one and it was a little tart but very tasty. For dessert, I cut them in half, removed the seeds, and sprinkled them with sugar. Definitely awesome! Apparently, some people say that the seeds are toxic but others say you can make a liqueur with them, which will probably be my next project. Yay booze!
And yay you for trying something new, Felicity! These are terrific! Make sure to tell us when you take the June Challenge—we want to see your new foods!
Another reader took the June Challenge! Our wonderful commenter tofupuppy tried fiddlehead ferns! She says,
I’ve been eating fiddleheads this month! I read an article about them long, long ago and have been curious. I saw them at Rainbow Grocery recently and, despite the price (like $15/lb!), thought I’d give them a try. I’ve been preparing them by blanching in salted water and then sauteing in olive oil. Last night I made a fiddlehead, “chicken chunk,” garlic, and nooch corkscrew pasta. They taste a little like a cross between asparagus and artichoke. Really yum!
Congratulations, tofupuppy! Fiddleheads are a wonderful spring food, I love their funny shapes. I’ve got total dinner-envy now.
Have you taken the challenge yet? Let us know when you do!
Check it out! One of you took the June Challenge! This is Natalie’s avocado, which she made into guacamole. Natalie says:
My new food wasn’t terribly interesting, but it was a major fear food. Before developing an eating disorder I LOVED avocados. Chop one in half, add some salt and pepper, give me a spoon, and I’d be a happy camper. Sadly, they now scare the shit out of me—fat content and whatnot. I challenged myself last night in honor of your challenge to have some guacamole with my bean burrito, and it was delish. and I didn’t die. So all is well in the world. And who knows, maybe soon I’ll be snacking on avocados again.
Natalie! We’re so proud of you! It takes a lot of courage to fight a food fear, when your brain has decided that the thing you really want to eat will only harm you. Congratulations, and may your future hold many more avocados.
Let us know when you take the June Challenge! Be adventurous! Food is wonderful.