July 22nd, 2003

Nicodemus

Resolution Yucca

New ingredient 9: Yucca
This is part of my New Years Resolution.

yucca soupFortunately, "yucca" describes the ingredient and not the taste! The large fibrous root of the yucca plant, one of the largest succulents, can be boiled and prepared much like a potato. A bit of extra preparation is required to strip the rough skin and core the woody center, though. (A photo of the raw yucca is behind the cut.)

I chose to add cubed yucca to one of my standard recipes, chili coconut soup. More thai than chinese, this rich soup gains a thicker texture from the starches in the yucca. The resultant dish was well received!

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Resolution Chayote Squash

New ingredient 10: Chayote Squash
This is part of my New Years Resolution.

chayote spring rollsSure, they don't look much like squash in the photo but that is indeed one of the principal ingredients in these spring rolls. Chayote squash are a crisp a light-flavored squash that look like a green pear. (Extra photo behind cut tag.)

Their fresh taste works beautifully in spring rolls. They are in fact "spring rolls" rather than "egg rolls" since they contain no meat, that being the major difference between the two.

This was my first attempt to make spring rolls. Turns out... they're easy! And delicious to boot! Everyone out there who's a fan of these chinese appetizers should give it a try (with their veggie of choice).

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