Exotic fruit with spicy dipping sauce (+ a new guest in the garden)

During the last week we’ve had around -20 degrees C in Stockholm. That is way too cold for me and I’m worried about my peach tree since it’s exposed being planted in a pot. I can only hope it will survive the winter. However it is a treat sitting in the living room looking out through our large windows while the roe deers are strolling in our snowy garden.

The roe deers still visit the garden, especially during winter. For a more unusual visit see further down.

December and January is a very good season for citrus, which makes you forget all about the snowy winter landscape outside the window. My favourite is pomelo and I love eating a whole one which I peel and prepare while watching TV. Although in this “dish” I prepared some other exotic fruit that I served with a spicy dipping sauce and brought to Anne’s annual Twelfthnight Eve dinner as one of my 4 dishes.

    Exotic fruit with spicy dipping sauce

    Various fruit (I served Rambutan, Mangosteen, golden Kiwi fruit, Mango and Rose Apple. Feel free to substitute with other fruit to your liking).

    (adapted from Äta ris – maten och livet i Vietnam by Minh Du Alneng)
    1 large whole cinnamon
    2 vanilla beans
    2 whole star anises
    the juice from 1 lime
    50 ml lemon & lime honey from Lustgården
    400 ml water
    A pinch of pepper

    Bring all ingredients except for the pepper to boil. Let simmer for around 15 minutes. Let cool in a fridge overnight. Before serving strain add pepper and serve with fruit.

Today I saw an elk outside the window, I’ve never seen any in my neighbourhood earlier and I haven’t seen a wild one since I was a kid.

15 Responses to “Exotic fruit with spicy dipping sauce (+ a new guest in the garden)”

  1. Markus "LAKE" Berglund
    January 8th, 2010 03:38

    Hehe, jag trodde först ni hade handlat på Lustgården i Uppsala:



  2. Pille
    January 8th, 2010 10:30

    You’ve got some really cool visitors, Dagmar!!

  3. Cecilia
    January 9th, 2010 04:11

    What a great idea to eat tropical fruit to feel a bit warmer! I thought I was cold with – 6 degrees, wow, I can’t imagine what -20 feels like!

  4. Stephanie
    January 11th, 2010 23:43

    That looks delictable! :D I live in Colorado and see elk all of the time and they are quite beautiful! However, I do believe that animal in the bottom picture is a moose! :D Moose are even more rare than elk so what a fun surprise! I can only dream of seeing a moose outside my window! How exciting!

  5. Yasemins kök
    January 14th, 2010 09:35

    Coolt med älgbesök. Vilken fin bild du fick på rådjuret.

    Åhh jag älskar porslinen från Mateus. Vill oxå ha :) Fin blogg du har.

  6. rebecca
    January 18th, 2010 02:59

    wow great fruit and dip and wow an elk, love your blog Rebecca

  7. Wilburn Brugliera
    January 19th, 2010 12:24

    Good afternoon. I’m having trouble with your blog. I can’t see the pictures. Is anyone else having this problem? I have been having trouble with my computer lately, so I’m not sure if its my Internet connection or if its your blog. Thanks!

  8. Pia
    January 25th, 2010 19:15

    The dipping sauce is a very nice idea. I use to have a recipe for a warm curry dipping sauce that was fantastic, I wish I could remember where it is. By the way, that is not an elk, it is a moose ☺. Even more rare to see.

  9. deana
    January 26th, 2010 22:27

    I love the moose on the road… I’ve yet to meet one… so interested to have an up close and personal visit!!
    The dish is wonderful and so many beautiful colors! Dipping is a great idea.

  10. Sajjad
    January 28th, 2010 15:35

    rest are the great n lovin ideas regarding cooking n baking n also the presentatiions. i wish to share some of my own n family recipes…

  11. Dagmar
    January 29th, 2010 19:21

    In Sweden an elk and a moose is the very same animal, and I believe the word elk is more common to use here (at least in school). However in North America an elk is a completely different animal. But still, it’s correct to call the animal on the picture elk :-)

  12. jacky
    January 29th, 2010 21:23

    really exotic food, how you get the idea.

  13. AgusiaH
    January 30th, 2010 14:28

    Dagmara, what nice visitors you had in your garden. Here in Portugal we have quite different temperatures this time of year. But I do miss the snow… a little.;) Your spicy dipping sauce is such a lovely idea. I have to try it out ASAP.

  14. Dagmar
    January 31st, 2010 17:59

    Hi Agusia! I guess it’s much warmer in Portugal right now :-)

  15. Big Fajita
    December 8th, 2010 16:27

    I love all your cookie recipes- and the elk pic too!

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