Monday, April 18, 2011

BBQ Pulled Fruit Sandwich

Yeah that's right I called it a pulled fruit sandwich. I was really craving a pulled pork sandwich and being here in North Carolina it's hard not to run to the closest janky looking BBQ shack and eating some slow roasted pig. Seeing that I've been trying to avoid meals that involve eating animals. I decided to try this:

Jackfruit: the largest of all tree born fruit, prickly on the outside and sweet meat like flesh on the inside; has numerous nutritional values including antioxidants and has been known to help aid in digestion and fight stomach ulcers. WOW!
So I drained two cans and chopped it up. It has a very stringy texture so you can pull it apart as well. I sauteed the fruit with some onions, garlic, salt and pepper until soft and then poured 1/4 cup of some sweet and sassy BBQ sauce from the local grocery and let it simmer forever - like 2 hours in a cast iron skillet. I probably added some smoked paprika and some chipotle powder to the mix too. We like it a little spicy!
This was perfect! Spooned onto a homemade sourdough roll with some coleslaw and a little potato salad on the side - potato salad recipe from my sister (it's the very best) was the best possible result for my pulled pork craving.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Lavender Honey

At my new place of work we featured a Lavender Honey Cupcake with a fantastic lavender honey frosting. It inspired me to make a spread for Bagels, English muffins or toast that was essentially a springtime explosion in my mouth.

8 oz cream cheese
1 stick of unsalted butter
3 Tbsp HONEY
2 Tbsp dried Lavender flowers

Bring butter and cream cheese to room temperature. Blend in mixer until light and fluffy with paddle attachment. Add honey and lavender and blend until combined.
Keep in refrigerator in container for up to 2 weeks!

I loaded up my cinnamon raisin English muffin with this for some heavenly bites! YUM!