KISS

No, not the smooch smooch kind of kiss, but the acronym:

Keep

 

It

 

Simple

 

Silly

(Okay, so originally it was supposed to be stupid and not silly, but have you ever seen me being mean and negative? :-D.)

Hi everyone, hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. I normally don’t post on the weekends as most of my time is spent with my munchkins and the hubs, but I had some extra time on my hands this weekend. Anyways, just wanted to share these fruits with you. Have you ever tried these before? Someone brought these fruits over from Taiwan as a gift for my parents. They’re called Custard-Apples, and these guys were BIG!

The ones sold here are normally the size of an apple. They have them in a lot of the Asian stores now, but quite pricey. I’ve never seen such big ones before.

Here’s what they look like inside. You eat the sections of white meat and spit out the little black seeds within each section.

The seeds are just a bit bigger than watermelon seeds, but not as flat. The taste reminds me of an apple pear or Asian pear. Not too sweet, but just sweet enough to keep you coming back for more. The meat itself is quite soft. I can definitely see how it got its name. 

What’s this you ask? The yummiest stacked bread I’ve ever tasted. Seriously, this blew me away! The recipe can be found here on Stella’s The Witchy Kitchen blog. Due to my allergies, I used almond butter instead of peanut butter. The recipe also called for maple syrup, but I didn’t have any so I had to make like MacGyver and make do with what I had and use honey (wink). So simple, yet mind blowingly delicious! Thank you Stella and Mr. David K.

Here’s another simple dish I absolutely enjoy: Chinese Stir Fried Clams with Black Beans Sauce

Recipe to come in my next post. I wanted to give you my final update and  thoughts on Mona Vie as promised before I leave. Please keep in mind that I do not work for Mona Vie, do not sell their products, and have not been paid to talk about Mona Vie on my blog. (Gosh, I need to start setting up a disclaimer page :-)) I do however have friends and family who use this product and swear by it. These are purely my opinions on my experience with this product, so I hope nobody takes offense in what I am about to say.

I took this product for the sole reason of hoping that it would help relieve my back pains. To be fair, I only took this product for a month, but at $40 a week, and feeling no change, I cannot realistically justify the cost of the product without any improvements on my back pains. Like I said in my last review, this is a health product that people could also make money off of. Basically, you get your friends to sell these to their friends, who sell to their friends, and so on. Now I was approached by both a friend and a family member to sell this. As a stay at home Mom, the chance to make any money would sound great. Although, knowing that I would sell these to my friends, made me think twice. I needed to prove to myself that the product worked on me first before I would feel confident in introducing this to not just my friends, but anyone. Sadly to say, I felt that this product did not do the job that I initially hoped it would do. So I made the decision not to sell this product to anybody, because how can I sell someone something that I know didn’t work for me? I hope anybody selling this product has tried it out on themselves first to see if they really do feel improvements before they sell the product to anyone else. Not only that, but I also hope you encourage the people to whom you’re trying to sell this to, to do the same (hope that made sense). I feel if one is trying to sell a health product to others, then the health benefits should be emphasized, not how much money you can make by selling this. So bottom line, KISS.

As for dealing with my back pains, I will continue with the back exercises my physiotherapist recommended to strengthen my core. I have also spoken to one of my pharmacist friends and he will be prescribing some pills to me. Finally, I’d also like to look into a good chiropractor. I just want to thank those of you who continue to comment and leave such kind words of support. Your thoughts have not gone unnoticed. Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. Until next time friends and family :-D.

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38 Responses to “KISS”


  1. 1 homecookedem August 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I’ve never heard of custard apples. Very cool and your description of them makes me want to try one!!

  2. 2 Ameena August 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I’m really sorry that the Mona Vie didn’t help your back pain! I haven’t really heard many people who had success with that product though, unless it was more overall health related. I think back pain would benefit far more from a chiropractor or maybe acupuncture? Yoga for sure too.

    In any case, thanks for the honest review. Now I won’t seek out Mona Vie for my bevy of problems!

    I never knew what a custard apple was until today. They look pretty intriguing! And I saw that stack on Stella’s blog and it looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it.

    My motto for today is KISS. 🙂

  3. 3 5 Star Foodie August 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I have never seen a custard apple before, very neat!

  4. 4 A Canadian Foodie August 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I can’t wait to see the clams in black bean sauce recipe… I saw the sandwich and I never – well, rarely, get turned on by a sandwich recipe anymore, and wondered why anyone would even post one. So, you have taught me, yet, again, that there is an entire world out there that really loves posts like that. Your sandwich looks as good as Stella’s did. I need to try it. You HAVE motivated me. And, I truly hate pyramid direct sale businesses. You handled this with grace. Too bad, truly, that it did not help you r back.
    And the fruit – I bought it when I was with you, remember? I know you will. You told me you LOVE them – and I bought a mangosteen, too – and it just so happened that I liked (surprisingly) the mangosteen better – as you like this one better. Bigger would be nice. There is not enough mangosteen in a mangosteen, either!
    🙂
    Valerie

    • 5 luvtoeat August 22, 2010 at 10:12 pm

      Hahaha! I love that Valerie, “There is not enough mangosteen in a mangosteen.” That’s classic! I’d have to agree with you though. They need to grow bigger ones for sure!

  5. 7 Stella August 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    LeQuanis, those clams with black bean sauce sound so wonderful! I love clams. Not as much as my shrimp, but I really do crave fresh clams sometimes. I hope you post that recipe when you have time (if you have time). I would have to make that, as I love both black beans and clams and so does Cauldron Boy…
    Ooh, those custard apples look so soft and nice too. I bet they’re like nature’s pudding when they’re cold, no?
    Hey, I can’t wait to show David K. that you posted this in the morning. He thought it was so cool when he saw the photo of it on Foodgawker, so I know this will brighten his day. So sweet, LeQuan. Thanks! Your Stella Witch

    • 8 luvtoeat August 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm

      There’s a picture of it on foodgawker!? I’ve heard of that website from a friend but keep forgetting to check it out. Hmmm, does that mean they stole my picture? I’mma check it out now and get back to finish replying.

    • 9 luvtoeat August 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm

      Teehee, I love that Cauldron Boy has given me another nickname!

      The clams recipe will be up on my next post for sure. It takes me a while to get my posts up (blush).

      So I just checked out foodgawker and I’d have to say, that’s a pretty cool site. I gotta admit, I kinda got sidetracked. Lol. So it was your photo on there, not mine. Teehee. That makes more sense. And boy do you have some sexy food porn on there!

  6. 10 MaryMoh August 23, 2010 at 1:27 am

    I love those custard apples. I need more time in my hand in order to really enjoy them…spitting out the seeds…haha 😀 Love the rest of the other dishes too….yum. LeQuan, I do hope your back pain will be completely cured, soon. Keep seeking for a cure. Some cures may fail but keep seeking. I’m sure one day you will find it. Do take more rest too. Hope you have a lovely day. Mary

  7. 11 Roti n Rice August 23, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Those custard apples are quite good but I can’t remember when was the last time I had them. It was eons ago. The sandwiches do look good. I remember seeing them on Stella’s blog. Can’t wait for your clam recipe.

  8. 12 Roti n Rice August 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Back pain stings! I hope you find relief some. I wonder if massage will help.

  9. 13 Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron August 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I have I have LeQuan! In fact, my sister named after that fruit in Thai (I mean for a Thai nickname) hehe. I like it but sometimes I find it’s too sweet. I agree that getting it here is so expensive. The other day I got 5 mangosteens for a pound and it cost me $14!! They were hard like rock but the meat was still sweet.

    Can’t wait for the recipe! I was super busy this past weekend! 😦

  10. 14 Patty Price August 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I’m going to join the others in the ‘I’ve never seen a custard-apple camp’. They look like they are about the size of a big artichoke but wow, are they unique looking inside! Good luck on your back exercises, keep it up and it will eventually help your pain, best wishes, Patty

  11. 15 Chef Dennis August 23, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    The custard apples look really good! and isn’t Stella just the best, what a great lady, and her creation looked so very good!
    I hope your back pain does get better, a chiropractor may help, I did acupuncture for some severe pain I had, and also had a Chinese healer work with me, both helped….I found Tai chi to be a big help in strengthening the body as well, something that I need to start doing again….sigh…..I do hope you find some relief soon!

  12. 16 denise @ quickies on the dinner table August 23, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Hey LeQuan

    I am sorry that Mona Vie didn’t work for you but I honestly feel that the people who get into selling these kinds of pricey products are usually in it for the money. So, I am so impressed by your integrity in refusing to sell something that you are not totally convinced about 🙂 If only more corporations and promoters were as honest!

    I have eaten custard apples before – they really do taste and have the texture of custard…with seeds. They are pretty expensive even though they are native over here, as you would be hard pressed to find them growing anywhere in this scarily urban jungle.

    I saw Stella’s sandwich on her site and you did a fantastic rendition – it looks so very appetising, all the more as I love avocado! Go LeQuayver 😉 I will be waiting for your clam recipe!

    P/s I love how you always Keep It Simple while Smiling!

  13. 18 Lawyer Loves Lunch August 24, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Yay for your MacGuyver approach to cooking! That stack looks spectacular- it’s so compact and yet it covers all the important nutritional basis. If I were a kid and my mom made that for me, I’d think she was the coolest mom ever so I’m sure you’ve won some cool points in your kids’ eyes 🙂

  14. 20 tigerfish August 24, 2010 at 10:30 am

    I do like custard apples but hardly get to eat them 🙂 Do you like it?

  15. 22 Leah @ Why Deprive? August 24, 2010 at 10:46 am

    So I thought I commented on this post yesterday. Obviously I didnt.
    That custard apple is crazy looking!! I’ve never seen or heard of them before.

    You should definitely stick with the exercises for your back. My dad swears by them, and he has a really, really bad back.

  16. 23 eatspinlive August 24, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I have never heard of these-but it is walways so much fun when you find new fruits and veggies!! 🙂 Great post!

  17. 24 Brittany August 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    😦 hope your back gets better!

    That is the most unusual looking fruit have seen in a while : ) I would not know how to eat that lol…now i know thanks! ah ha!

    That sandwich did look great….(love your mcguver line lol!!!!)

    CHEERS HAPPY TUESDAY!

  18. 25 Cindy @ This Adventure, Our Life August 24, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I have never seen or heard of custard apples, they look very very interesting!! I love the idea with the bread (I also do almond butter- due to the fact that I am allergic to peanuts)…Looks so tasty though!!!

  19. 26 Daisy August 25, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I love your positive twist on the KISS acronym. I’ve never had a custard apple – never even heard of it!!! LOOKS GOOD.

  20. 27 Jessie August 25, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Bummer that Monavie didn’t work for your back 😦 Even though it’s really expensive, I wish that it would have helped you feel better. I’m hoping that your core-strengthening exercises help, and I’m interested to hear how the chiropractor works out. Anything to help!!

    I’ve never heard of a custard apple – and I thought I was up on all the strange fruits. You always teach me something, LeQuan! I don’t think I’ve ever even seen one before, but it looks delicious. I love Asian pears, so I think this would be right up my eating alley. Your version of stacked bread looks yuuum 🙂 Avocado and almond butter is a combo I never would have thought of. I can’t wait for your clams with black beans recipe. I luuuurve black beans! And I know you love your seafood 😉

    Hope you’re enjoying your week, LeeQs!

  21. 28 kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com August 25, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    thats totally just like french toast that stacked bread of yumminess!!

    back pain is so frustrating! i have the same thing but with my neck and its awful! i definitely sympathize with the pain!!

    my mom always says “keep it simple sweetie” .. but its because i get myself so worked up on things.. and its her reminder to me to take it easy and remember that simplicity is key!

    xoxo ❤

  22. 29 sophia August 26, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I’ve heard of custard apples but never really got to see it. It looks…interesting. ugly, actually. but durians are ugly and they are the best fruit ever, so I can’t judge it by its looks. 😉

    Ah, back pains are just…annoying and hard to fix. I really feel for you, but keep on doing those exercises, and I really hope that one day it will just go away.

  23. 30 Light Delight with Tou Tou August 27, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Sorry for your back pain…. I heard so many of my friends having the same problem – take some time off for yourself Lequan, try some back massage !!! they can release some muscle tension ( I heard for my friends )

    the fruit is sooooo cute! I have NEVER seen that before!!

  24. 31 Cooking Gallery August 28, 2010 at 4:27 am

    I love stir fried clams! Another version I like is stir fried clams with XO sauce, also very yummy :).

  25. 32 Anna Johnston August 29, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    This recipe looks delicious. Just happened across your blog, so subscribed. Looking forward to reading your blogs.
    Cheers
    Anna

  26. 33 Erin August 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Wow! What a great idea. I love sea food… and black bean sauce and can’t wait to try!!

  27. 34 Juliana August 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I love clams, unfortunately my husband doesn’t, so I just eat them at the restaurant…and I love with black beans and sometimes with basil leaves…SO good!

  28. 35 blessedHi5ive August 31, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    All your food pictures made me so very hungry. You are such a pro with cooking and photos! I love custard-apples (thanks for the name which I totally forgot) but can hardly find it here – unless I go to SF Chinatown. I heard Vancouver Chinatown has better quality and selection of imported fruits from Asia.

  29. 36 momgateway September 1, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for the black bean sauce recipe and showing the brand of black beans you use. ..there’s too many brands out there and the ones I’ve tried have not been very good.

  30. 37 Magic of Spice September 11, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    That clam dish looks beyond amazing…I have never seen custard apples, but am intrigued 🙂 And I do remember that glorious snack from Stella 🙂


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