Daily Diet of Papaya

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? The Joy of Eating: Daily Diet of Papaya! OMG, the first time I had this in Kauai, I knew I had tasted the fruit of Paradise. It was like eating sunshine. Did you know Christopher Columbus called it “the fruit of angels”? If I had to describe the taste, I guess I would say papaya has a natural sweetness that feels like butter in your mouth. With a squeeze of lime, it is refreshingly nectarous. I could go on and on about its nutritional value, but I’d rather you taste it first. I can tell you this-just one single papaya provides 224% of your daily needs. Eat it for breakfast and you’re good to go!

DAILY DIET OF PAPAYA

Ingredients:

1 medium sized ripe papaya

1 avocado, peeled and sliced

Strawberries, halved

2 lime wedges

Instructions:

Cut papaya in half. Remove seeds. Squeeze lime juice over each half. Fill center with fresh strawberries. Serve with avocado slices.

Eating My Way Through the Alphabet: Letter P

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Home Cooking: Peachy Possibilities! Nothing is more refreshing than fresh peaches, in my opinion. And the options for devouring them are endless! At first sight, you may be tempted to sink your teeth into the juicy sweet fruit as its nectar drizzles down your chin. But if you keep your willpower in check, the benefits are rewarding.

Here are a few ideas:

* Adding fresh peaches to your favorite salsa intensifies the flavor. It’s a perfect compliment to spicy jalapeños and tomatoes.

* As you prepare nutritious oatmeal, slice part of a peach, then sprinkle it with cinnamon before preparing the cooked cereal in the microwave. It’s a convenient shortcut to peach cobbler.

* For that afternoon pick-me-up, toss a couple of frozen peaches, bananas, and strawberries in the blender. Simply add milk, a splash of orange juice, and ice cubes. Voilà, a Smoothie.

* For the ambitious baker, see yesterday’s post for Old-Fashioned Blueberry Peach Galette a là mode! Who doesn’t love peach pie with vanilla ice cream?

Whichever way you choose, enjoy this peak seasonal fruit. Before you know it, it’ll be gone.