Tuesday, June 30, 2009

peeling back to light: cantelope smoothie with hints of lychees and the green stuff

cantaloupe has been a morning ritual lately........


Can't find my lights, my white boards, filters, back splash.....nothing. I had them specifically and specially packed to be easily retrieved and they are nowhere to be found at the moment.

I did find my camera.

Where the heck is that eyelash curler now........


so just to let you know the taste memory of litchis/lychees ring a familiar tone to me......they're not as odd tasting as they appear really......there is a familiar sweetness to them and almost wine~like fragrant quality that lingers.......


Biting into lychees reminds of something familiar but perhaps not.


with a slight of a paring knife or even a finely manicured fingernail is just enough to peel back the layers......

What I do is to simplify, everyday.

I took these photos without my special lights, my handmade filters and such that give it the *glow*

In between the uneven clouds passing and tagging around the sun, I was able to capture vibrant beginnings of my ritual morning smoothie.


I recently bought a bundle of fresh lychees. Don't be dismayed by their extraterrestrial type rind. Once you get past their tough exterior, you will find the sweetest flesh to the bite. Interestingly enough, each fruit has a different finish. Kinda like wine or biting into chocolate truffles. They are sweet, soft, slightly sour for some, even briny and has a slight lingering aged like finish that reminds me of strawberry wine. They remind me of things that have been waiting, hidden.....perhaps forbidden. Lychees......the forbidden fruit.




Actually my usual smoothie blend is quite simple: cantelope + chunks of cucumbers with skin and all plus a good douse of electrolyte water.

Ladies.....this has been a perfect blend to hydrate your cells thus your skin.


morning light smoothie: fresh cantaloupe, cucumbers, romaine lettuce + lychees

To simplify, to blend, to glow.......

12 comments:

foodhoe said...

ooh, I've never bought fresh lychee. I saw them at the market recently and now I can't wait to go back for some. glad you found your camera, good luck finding your way through the boxes, it's great to see you back online.

Bren said...

we have some VERY similar to lychee called momonsillo! I loooove these little things. They're delicious but I can't find them here in Atlanta. Not even in DC where the food culture is far more diverse.

Lynn (The Actors Diet) said...

Oh how I LOVE fresh lychees...used to pick them off the trees when I went to visit in Taiwan.

The knife said...

lovely pictures of litchis...i can almost taste them. They are very popular in India

taste memory said...

foodhoe ~ hey there! thanks for supportive words. you continue to inspire me foodhoe. your definitely dedicated food lover + blogger as i always appreciate your passion + candid insight @ your blog ;-)

Bren ~ hi there, thanks for visiting my blog. yes definitely in atlanta you are immersed in diverse food selections - lucky you! enjoyed your uplifting blog Bren....

Lynn ~ always nice to hear from a new face. how fun to get them fresh off the trees + in Taiwan.


The Knife ~ talk about diversity - there's so much happening food/culture wise in India....beautiful country

Carolyn Jung said...

Oh, a lychee smoothie would be delightfully good! I grew up on canned ones served with almond jello at Chinese restaurants. (Remember those!?!) Now, I appreciate being able to get the fresh ones at Asian markets. To me, they have this incredible sweet, floral, almost perfume-like quality. Truly memorable.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Hi Inga! It is great to see you! :)

I love cantaloupe too! I very rarely see fresh lychees in the market here, but I have tasted them before, and they are delicious.

Lori Lynn said...

Love your bright fresh photos.
YAY for lychees!
LL

Marillyn "Mare" Beard said...

Great photos! Check out my blog... I nominated you for the Kreative Blogger Award! :o)

Megan said...

I will have to try that. I always saw lychee in the grocery store, but I never knew what to do with them. Cool idea : )

THE ACTORS DIET said...

gorgeous! i loved having fresh lychees off the trees when i spent summers in taiwan. i also liked the 7-11 lychee slurpee....

taste memory said...

@actor's diet ~ no way really 7-11 lychee slurpees?!! can actually imagine......great brain freeze ;-)