I have finished my design class homework! Here is the triptych:
The theme was supposed to be “Dreams”, so I’m titling the triptych “Dreaming of Freedom”. It’s not great art, but it’s better than I expected to do, given the constraints. I actually rather like it, conceptually, and wish I had more time to work and develop the pieces.
Meanwhile, for the foodies, here are 8 pounds of kaffir limes:
I’ve already stripped off the peels, cut them into chocolate-dipping sized pieces, and started the candying process. I don’t generally blanch citrus peels (though you’re supposed to), but for these I decided blanching would be helpful – kaffir limes, it turns out, have a TON of oil in the peel, enough to make it unpleasantly pungent. After blanching for 10 minutes and then rinsing in cold water, the peel is toned-down enough in flavor that I think it will be delicious, once candied.
I’m really excited about the prospect of having my own candied kaffir lime peel – it’s a rare and exotic citrus fruit, and the only other one I’ve ever seen was in Granville Island’s food market, while I was honeymooning in Vancouver. Hopefully by next year my tree will be bearing its own kaffir limes, but for now, it’s nice to know I can order them. (The kaffir lime tree, by the way, is usually grown primarily for its leaves, which are often used in Thai and other Southeast Asian cuisines. I have seen very little about the culinary uses of its fruit, it’s almost always the leaves that are used.)
Later this week I intend to start candying Meyer lemon peel…I’m hoping to have a variety of candied citrus peels to dip in chocolate for this year’s candy boxes.