Hello October (aka Marathon Month!)
I’ve been looking forward to this October since last October when I consciously made the decision that October 2010 would be my “Marathon Month.”
I would like to welcome in the month by recapping the highlights of September.
Total Miles Ran in September: 74.75 miles
Races Ran: 1 really dirty 10k
Total Funds raised for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: $3582.50 (I made my goal!)
Now onto Fruity Friday!
Aneta suggested we try this exotic fruit called QUINCE. It’s pronounced (Keen-Say) as in the spanish word for “15”.
This fruit was actually another smuggled fruit from a far.
My parent’s were visiting Florida and found this in a supermarket and knew it needed some bloggy love.
The first thing you need to know about a Quince is that you don’t eat it raw.
Apparently it’s too tarty for the taste buds.
It’s supposed to be cooked before eaten and is typically made into a jam.
But I just wanted to cook it and eat it, to get an idea of what this pear look-alike fruit actually tasted like.
So here is the “How To Instructions to Eat A Quince” as noted on eHow.com
Step 1: Rinse fruit and cut off the outer skin
Step 2: Cut in half length-wise and scoop out seeds and core with a spoon
Step 3: Heat 3 Cups of water 1/2 cup of sugar in pot until boiling, then turn to medium heat
Step 4: Gently put Quince pieces into boiling water
You leave the quince on medium heat and occasionally stir until the fruit turns pink.
Now this is where my fruit failed. 😦
The recipe said it could take up to an hour for the fruit to turn pink.
And waited for it to miraculously turn pink and it never did.
After over an hour of cooking it stilled looked like the fruit above, just covered in a thick sugary goo sauce.
It’s supposed to look like this:
I’m not sure what I did wrong. I had cooked off all the water and the Quince was starting to burn. 😦
I took a bite of the non-pink gooey “cooked” quince and it reminded me of a baked apple, sort of.
But it wasn’t anything special.
So I actually hesitated on posting this fruit review as I have nothing to really review. Due to the fact that my fruit was smuggled from Florida, I could not try this experiment again.
I hope Aneta has more luck than I.
You will have to head on over there and see her take on the Quince.
Have you ever tried a quince? Did you like it?
Happy Friday, see you tomorrow with a recap of my 20 miler!