Monday, September 24, 2007

What Is This?

Have a shifty at this latest and most extraordinarily delicious discovery. I will send one ounce of whatever it is for the most interesting guess, which may or may not be the closest.

17 Comments:

Blogger always write said...

The fabled Shroud of Turin Kugel?

7:19 PM  
Blogger slush said...

I have no idea what it is. But it looks like a family of mushrooms so intertwined, they couldnt let go of one another. xo

8:02 PM  
Blogger Miriam said...

the phrase "have a shifty" is from the anglo-arabic "have a shufti" - shufti means look (imperative) in arabic. In syrian-jewish brooklyn, kids often tell each other to "shuf" this or "shuf" that as a way of saying "check this out".

10:38 PM  
Blogger esther said...

um.. freeze dried possum embryos? no that wouldn't be your usual meat-free style.

a dried dragonfruit?

this is almost as much fun as when we used to play guess the tropical fruit!

2:54 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

Hmmm. My first guess is dried fruit (not an interesting guess, I know), and my second guess is... tea?

5:43 AM  
Anonymous abby howell said...

dragon fetus?

11:10 AM  
Blogger Kalyn said...

I wish I knew, but no idea!

9:52 PM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Tofurkey? I think I see a few legs at the ends...

7:08 AM  
Blogger Hot Yogini said...

dried figs?

10:53 AM  
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4:43 PM  
Blogger Aleza said...

There's something about it that reminds me of the dried jackfruit I've been eating lately, but it's not that: wrong color, anyway. but something like that: a dried fruit that when fresh contains many seeds.

or else something oddly bark-y: i'm just not sure what it would be.

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Nomi said...

I've tried to leave my guess a few times but it keeps bucking me off... let's see if this works. My guess is that this is a dried blossom of the arum dracunculus.

I have no idea if the arum dracunculus flower is edible. I just really like the way the words sound.

While we're guessing, I'm thinking if you find chioggia beets too sweet, you probably don't like yams. I cannot remember ever seeing a yam on the Chocolate Lady's table.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous נעמי said...

נו? זאָג שוין!

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dried mixed friuts (figs raisins etc)
OR
dried mixed mushrooms
OR
what else can it be...?!

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Ven Mum said...

Help! An elephant stepped on my pan twist challah!

11:14 AM  
Blogger the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...

Wow, this was post number 444! Thanks to all of you for your excellent guesses!

The mystery fruit is dried cantaloupe. I will explain all in the long awaited post # 445!

1:20 PM  
Blogger the chocolate lady מרת שאקאלאד said...

nomi,
I do like yams, (you mean sweet potatoes, right? I have never had true yams), and also winter squash and other really sweet things. It is something about the way that the sweetness in the chiggias in just unbalanced by anything else. no richness like in squash and sweet potatoes, no mineral earthiness like in red beets, no fruitiness like in, well, most fruits; it is just sitting out there unprotected.

12:23 PM  

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