Thursday, July 8, 2010

How to Seed a Pomegranate

I like things neat and tidy.  I also like pomegranates.  Therein lies the rub.  Dissecting a pomegranate is not so tidy if you either a) cut it in half and bang on it with a wooden spoon until all the seeds come out or b) soak the seeds in water and wait for that membrane stuff to float up and separate.  Both of those methods are too messy or time consuming for me.  I thought I'd share how I seed a pomegranate...

1. Cut the top off the pomegranate until you can see the individual seed sections or pockets inside.
You can see this one has 6 sections of seeds.

2. Like an orange, you can see the membrane that separates the sections.  Cut down the sides of the pomegranate right in between these sections letting your knife go about an inch in.  I let the slits all meet at the top center of the pomegranate.

3. Pull apart the pomegranate into your cut sections.

4. Peel the membrane off.  It usually comes off in one piece.  Nudge the seeds out of the skin into a bowl.  You can turn the peel inside out to make it easier.

Tah Dah!  Minimal cleanup, no pomegranate juice on you or your walls.  Give it a try.  Once you have those beautiful seeds, put them in a salad (great with raw fennel or spinach or in this salad), float them in a glass of champagne, add them to oatmeal or granola or just eat them as a snack.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cake Gallery

All that remains of the 4th of July holiday extravaganza...

I love the wow factor of this cake.  On the outside, a mild-mannered, dare I say boring cake.  The Clark Kent of cakes.

But cut into it and SHAZAM, it's the hit of the party! (Sorry to be mixing my superhero references.  Extra credit if you can name the Saturday morning superhero who said "Shazam!" when he transformed.)

This cake has been blogged about a few times but I think credit originally goes to 17 and Baking.  I made mine a little taller, more stripes, etc.  I used a buttermilk lemon cake with a lemon cream cheese frosting.

In other cake news, we made a double graduation cake for a college graduate and a graduate of pharmaceutical school.  Two diplomas, grad cap and a prescription pad.

Finally a chocolate cake with a cookies and cream filling, vanilla buttercream and oreos on top.