Posted at 12:00 pm
One of the things we planted when we first moved into our home in Oakland was a Persimmon tree. We keep the tree on the small side so we can reach the fruit as it ripens.
There are two main types of Persimmons, astringent and non-astringent. The persimmons in our garden is the non-astringent and it is called Fuyu. This variety can be eaten very much like an apple when it is ripe and firm or soft similar to a pudding. The fruit can also be frozen and then you can scoop it out of the skin much like ice cream. Very tasty!
In Japan dried persimmons are given as gifts during Christmas and many consider it the best gift to receive. To make this delicacy, the skin is peeled off the persimmon. As the persimmon is dried the flesh becomes tender and chewy, with a sweetness that remains on your tongue. You know the persimmons are nearly ready when the sugar in the fruit forms a crust of a white dust on the surface. As you can see in the next picture we have tried this a few times and it takes a lot of patience to wait out this 6 to 8 week long process.
At out house we use them fresh, in salads, or made into breads, and deserts. Today, we are eating them as an appetizer.
Posted at 3:09 pm
Every Saturday in the town next door to where we live a Farmer’s Market is held. It is a wonderful eclectic mix of artistic vendors, food vendors, and vegetables. There is a great splash pad for the children to cool off and play. As well as musical entertainment.
It is a great way to enjoy a Saturday morning with your friends or family. Go and check it out if you get a chance.
Posted at 12:00 pm
Choo, choo… Every so often we will jump back to trips we have taken in the past to share with you to give you inspiration on places you might like to travel. On this trip we take the Memory Train to Jamaica.
Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax.
Posted at 5:38 pm
Living in Oakland, FL gives us many benefits. One of those benefits is the West Orange Trail. The West Orange Trail runs right behind our house and it is a 22 mile bicycle and walking trail. Our home sits at approximately 2.5 miles from the start of the trail (Killarney Station). The route is considered a rail trail as it follows the old railroad tracks that use to run through this area. The trail flows through some nice small towns and beautiful wooded areas. Since the trail is paved the entire distance and relatively flat it is an excellent way to enjoy the outdoors and get in some exercise.
We usually walk towards Killarney Station every morning as it runs through the center of Oakland.
One of the best things about our walks is the variety of differences just from day to day.
One day it can be nice and sunny the next a tad bit foggy.
The part we like best is that along the trail there is an exotic animal rescue habitat. This place is a safe haven for such grazing animals as zebras, emus, and even long horn cattle. In addition, there are wild peacocks running around to make things even more like a touch of paradise.
To think that a simple walk in the morning around Oakland would bring so much joy and peace of mind is simply an understatement. It is one of the things that allows us to remain sane in the hustle and bustle of living in the modern world. So take some time for yourself to enjoy the beauty around you as it may be just a simple walk in the morning that will bring you happiness.
Posted at 12:54 pm
It is avocado season and we are lucky enough to have our own tree in the backyard. During this time of the year we are picking avocados daily. We love to share them with our friends and neighbors.
Today we are going to share with you one of our favorite shrimp ceviche recipes that highlights our avocados and red limes from the garden.
- 2 lb medium shrimp, pre-cooked, shelled, and de-veined
- 2 cups lime juice (we use red limes grown in our garden)
- The juice from 1 orange
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped (also grown in our garden)
- A few cherry tomatoes (to taste) thinly sliced
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of ketchup (to taste – optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon of hot sauce (to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon of mustard (to taste)
- Olive oil (to taste)
- Ground pepper and salt
Make sure the shrimp is at refrigerator temperature. Mix together in a bowl the lime juice, the orange juice, onion, tomatoes, ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, olive oil, and seasoning. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and allow the shrimp to stand for an hour.
When the Shrimp Ceviche is ready cut an avocado in half and pull the pit out. Serve the Shrimp Ceviche on top of an avocado halves.
Posted at 4:23 pm
Thanks for joining us as we start this new adventure with all of you! We will bring you glimpses of places around the world, tastes in food, as well as some gardening advice, and just plain fun.
Think for yourself. Trust your own intuition.
Another’s mind isn’t walking your journey, you are.