Monday, 26 April 2010

Don't try this at home

We decided to BBQ the other evening and invited some coworkers who are also living in the RV park to join us. One of the ingredients available here that I've been dying to have a go at cooking are prickly pear cactus paddles. They actually sell these things at the local Walmart but at a whopping $1.59 each, we thought we'd go one better and pick-our-own.

After a short hike and some rather tedious spike removal, we were left with 3 cleaned and prepped paddles, brushed with oil and sprinkled with salt and lime juice. We watched avidly while they grilled for 20 minutes over hot coals. Was it worth the effort? Sadly no. Chewy and fibrous with a rather unpleasant texture: goodness knows what our neighbours thought of our culinary efforts. What I hadn't taken into account was the number of different species of Opuntia cacti that exist and sadly, I think we picked one that isn't considered edible. A little more research is needed before we attempt this again.

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