With our kitchen finally intact again, we've been grocery shopping and cooking - nothing fancy, just mundane meal preparation of the sort that ought to be completely unremarkable. Four months of take-out dinners and microwaved Indian food from a box has given me a whole new appreciation for even the simplest home-cooked meal.
A couple of trips to the wonderful gigantic Asian grocery store, Super 88, have yielded some nice treasures. This incredible fluorescent fruit caught my eye and I had to take it home.
It's a dragon fruit, also called a pitaya, the fruit of a certain kind of cactus. It's native to North America but is evidently now cultivated in southeast Asia. It's dramatic, beautiful, and quite tasty too.
The flesh is white and peppered with tiny black seeds, and after I cut the fruit in half it peeled easily out of the fuchsia rind. The flesh is similar in texture to kiwi, and its taste is crisp, very refreshing, and not terribly sweet.