Saturday, April 05, 2008

Summer has officially gone!

It's true! We have to move our clocks back tonight ... and there’s definitely a slight chill in the air.

But what do you know! When I went out into the back garden this morning I noticed that our choko vine was laden with fruit. I plucked one ... our first choko of the year!

Here’s what I used it for .... Choko raita.

My recipe...

Take a fresh choko straight from the vine or buy one if you must.

Peel it, dice it and steam or microwave the choko till it becomes soft (about 5 minutes should do).

Stain it and when cool add the choko to plain yogurt (mine is homemade) along with a handful of coriander leaves and a little salt.

I sprinkled a little roasted cumin powder on top to make it look pretty and added a sprig of mint. Choko raita goes very well as an accompaniment to spiced dishes. We are having ours with fish curry and rice. Yum!

13 Comments:

Blogger craziequeen said...

Hi omykiss,

Michele sent me to say hi, and I ended up reading right down your page - you blog like I do..... random thoughts that occur :-)

I have never heard of choko, but I love marrow, and the website says the taste is similar.

Oh, and kudos on that stunning photo of the moon and clouds - spectacular!

cq

12:15 AM  
Blogger Omykiss said...

welcome back cq ... thanks for your very nice comments. I visit your blog regularly and love it ....

No one has ever said anything nice about my photographic skills before ... I'm chuffed :)

12:27 AM  
Blogger Ms Mac said...

So that's what a choko looks like! I'd heard of these magical fruit/veg in Australia but had never seen one!

1:02 AM  
Blogger kenju said...

I've never heard of choko either, and if it tastes like marrow, I want none of it. I don't like yoghurt either - so I guess that let's me out of this one! LOL
MIchele might like it, though!

1:08 AM  
Blogger Omykiss said...

hello ms mac ... magical choko ... I like it ... we get soooo many from our plant that we have to give them away after a while ... but the first one IS special :)

hi kenju ... i'm disappointed ... yogurt is one of the greatest food invensions ever .... I can forgive you for defaming the choko, i suppose .. it's much nicer than marrow ... honest ;)

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Sol said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I, like others haven't heard of Choko. It sounds interesting.. in a good way.

I liked that even in other countries there are advertisements that are hard to figure out. (TOES)

But that moon picture is beautiful!

I hope your weekend is a good one!

1:25 AM  
Blogger Rosie said...

Looks great. I'm off to google choko to find out what on earth it is. The cross section looked a bit pear-like. I'm always looking for new things to eat with curries

4:44 AM  
Blogger utenzi said...

Hmmm. Here in the States, as far as I know, we don't have Choko raita. It's a pretty plant...

4:07 PM  
Blogger Omykiss said...

Hello sol .... I have to confess that lots of ads, especially those that appear on TV, take a lot of working out!

rosie .. I do hope you find some choko and give it a try ... I think you'll like it.

welcome utenzi ... it is a pretty plant but it grows so well in our back yard that i have to keep chopping it back just to keep it under control ;)

4:24 PM  
Blogger Maggie May said...

Choko looks absolutely delicious! MMMMMH! Yum!

7:26 AM  
Blogger Omykiss said...

Hi maggie may ... choko are yum and very versatile too .... they can be used in all kinds of ways ... for example the chinese use them in stir frys and soups. I hope you get to try one soon ....

10:23 AM  
Blogger gemma said...

Wow! That looks fabulous. It is so strange that your summer is over and here we are pining for spring. The world is a wonderous place isn't it? Love the chili peppers in the post above this one.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Omykiss said...

hello gemma .... I think it was Shelley who wrote If winter comes, can spring be far behind? .. you'll get there ... I'm sure ;)

10:41 PM  

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