Little is cute. This isn’t news. The smaller they are, the more we like them. It all started with Arnold. Next it was Webster. Mr. Papadopoulos… Recently, TLC started “Little people, big world.” Now it’s Honey Boo Boo… And yes, I added that last one to help with search engine hits. But Webster could out-traffic Honey Boo Boo, right?
Anyway. Maybe TLC should do a show about mini kiwis, because they’re pretty cute too.
Grape kiwis are exactly like the big ones as far as I can tell, except that they’re hairless and small — the Chihuahuas of the fruit world. They’re also called “hardy kiwis,” because they survive for a while in cold temperatures, although they don’t last long once they’ve been picked, so if you find some they should be treasured.
It’s always challenging to prepare a strange fruit in something other than a fruit salad or a smoothie, but I don’t like going for the obvious, so this time I went to my trusty epicurious app and pretended the grape kiwis were grapes. Here’s the coolest recipe I came up with based on that search, cooked with my modifications below:
Chicken Curry Salad with Grapes (and now grape kiwis) – serves 4 appetizer portions
- 2tsp curry powder, Madras-style preferred
- 1/4C light mayo
- 1/4C plain low fat Greek yogurt
- 1tsp minced peeled fresh ginger
- 1/2tsp grated orange peel
- 2C cooked chicken, diced (I used leftovers which was awesome)
- 1/2C grape kiwis, halved (use all red grapes if you’re not lucky enough to find grape kiwis)
- 1/2C red grapes, halved
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 handful walnuts, chopped
- 4 large curly lettuce leaves
Directions: Stir curry powder in pan over med-high heat until fragrant (about 1 min).
Results: This was actually one of my top experimental recipes. I shouldn’t be surprised, because Epicurious rarely disappoints, but it was even better with the seedy acidity of the baby kiwis. My friend dropped in and I made her try a plate despite her liver cleanse (yes, I strong-armed her) and she texted me hours later to say she was still thinking about the salad. Deliciously rich texture. When I can’t find the baby kiwis I’ll make this with grapes, and will throw it into a pita. Awesomesauce. Rating: 5 Yums
Wine Pairing: Winealign.com tells me the classic wine pairing for a chicken curry is Riesling and I’m sick of recommending my favourite, Cave Spring’s. Its alternative suggestion is a sparkling white, so let’s go with the Bernard Massard Brut Cuvée De L’écusson, Luxembourg, which Winealign suggests is the best sparkling white for under $25 to be found at my local liquor store at only $16.95 in Ontario. I wish I were drinking some with Emmanuel Lewis right now.
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