My husband and I have been having a back and forth lately. Basically the same conversation in a slightly modified version, over and over again.
Chris: So are you going to tell me what you got me for Christmas?
Chris: Is it something to do with sports?
Me: I’m not giving you any clues.
Chris: What size of a box does it come in?
later in the day…
Chris: Is it some kind of electronic?
Me: I’m not answering that.
Chris: Just give me a little hint so I can guess!
Me: You won’t guess. You have never asked me for this, there is no way you will ever guess.
Chris: Ahhhh, what is it?!
It’s a lesson in patience for both of us. For the first few years we spent Christmas together, we really didn’t get gifts for each other. We always adopt a family instead and just spend Christmas enjoying family time and good food. Gifts have never been important to us. But last year, he surprised me with my amazing DSLR camera for my blog. I had no idea he had even gotten me anything and he was so excited to see me open it. So this year, I wanted to do the same for him. I want a chance to surprise him with something awesome. And let me just tell you, he is going to be soooo excited. I was so excited about it I couldn’t even keep it a secret that I got him something at all. And as much as I want to tell him what it is, the excitement that day and watching him start to figure out what it is will be so worth it.
In this instance, patience is such a simple issue. It is just a Christmas gift. But I do believe that it is such an important thing to learn. I’ve never been great at it. We live in the world of instant gratification and I fully admit that I am a slave to it. And I think patience is one of the many things that cooking and baking has helped me learn. Preparing something from scratch takes time. Takes energy. Takes creativity. Takes patience. And it is so worth it.
Like this pomegranate. Such a beautiful fruit filled with the most delicious seeds that are tucked away and held in place inside. The first time tackling this fruit can be intimidating. But I can assure you it is simple to open. It does take time, and patience. Here is how to open a pomegranate:
#1: Cut the top and the bottom off of the pomegranate
#2: Take your knife and score around the outside of the fruit about 6-8 times, depending on how large it is.
#3: Place in a large bowl of water.
#4: Gently break the fruit apart into large chunks.
#5: Keeping the fruit in the bowl to avoid getting juice everywhere, gently break the seed casings away from the membrane. The seeds will sink, the inedible casings will float.
#6: Skim the membrane/pulp out of the water and discard.
#7: Strain the seeds and enjoy!
OR if you have absolutely no patience and don’t care the learn any with a pomegranate…
#1: Just cut the fruit in half down the middle
#2: Score each half 4-6 times.
#3: Use a wooden spoon to whack the crap out of each half over the bowl and the seeds will release from the membrane.
I prefer the longer way. But on a really stressful day, smacking a pomegranate silly with a wooden spoon might feel pretty good.
- Cut the top and the bottom off of the pomegranate
- Take your knife and score around the outside of the fruit about 6-8 times, depending on how large it is.
- Place in a large bowl of water.
- Gently break the fruit apart into large chunks.
- Keeping the fruit in the bowl to avoid getting juice everywhere, gently break the seed casings away from the membrane. The seeds will sink, the inedible casings will float.
- Skim the membrane/pulp out of the water and discard.
- Strain the seeds and set aside.
- Zest and juice the lime, set aside.
- Combine the yogurt with the lime juice.
- Divide yogurt equally between 4-6 cups.
- Top with pomegranate seeds and lime zest.
- Serve cold.