Sunday, May 1, 2011

Prickly Pear Cactus Paws - What a Fun Giveaway I Won

I won a Giveaway from my dear friend Julie from A Succulent Life! I was so excited to have won a new cookbook "The Prickly Pear". Well....it didn't occur to me for some reason and perhaps because we don't have such goodies as prickly pears in our neighbourhood that it was actually a "prickly pear" recipe book!

It arrived at our US address at the cottage and Marc was bringing it to me on Friday night. Marc had to open the package ahead of time so he could take it across the border to Canada. Inside black and white tissue was the recipe book.....

and carefully tucked inside newspaper I found...

real "live" prickly pears....

Now Marc was afraid he might not be able to bring them into Canada.....but he thought whats the worst they could do?....when he crossed he said he was bringing over something else and...cactus leaves. The border guy didn't twitch at all...*s*...and I got my prickly pears!

There was also a package of guava jelly waffers which were very interesting and Marc and I enjoyed some with our coffee...

So so far I've looked through the recipe book....and looked through the prickly pears....
found a recipe for Prickly Pear Biscuits and I grated a cup of prickly pear paws....and added some canned chilies and green onion....and an egg and flour etc...

mixed it up....


dropped them onto a greased cookie sheet to bake....




20 minutes later....mmmmmmm they smelled yummy....

looked yummy and WERE sooo yummy...truly....




This giveaway was so much fun! It was something I would never have been able to experience had I not won. Julie writes about her succulents and what she herself does with her prickly pear paws that grow out in her garden in Florida.


She wrote to me today that I could put one of the paws into earth and it would root for me...doing it!! She said she has ordered some prickly pear syrup for me as well. She KNOWS both Marc and I love to try new foods. Thank you so much Julie. I truly enjoyed this giveaway and I STILL have prickly pear paws to make more goodies.


Have you had prickly pear cactus your way?


Enjoy... Judi xoxo

7 comments:

Theresa said...

No prickly pears here but that sure looks interesting and YUMMY! I am happy that Marc didn't get arrested for bringing them across the border:)

Have a blessed day and thanks to Julie for that sweet giveaway! HUGS!

Julie said...

Oh, I am so glad those darn things made it through the storms, over the border, and even though you still had to deal with thorns on the pads, you still managed to make something so quickly! I am wondering if they were good, and if you could taste it in there or was it mixed with other ingredients to where it was just a good mix? They looked interesting!
I had a PP tree growing outside that I started with one pad...they root with ease, if you really want to try it. Of course, you could do it just for the plant (not necessarily to eat).
The PP fruits are sweet and are more palatable I believe! Hope to see at least one more recipe with the fruit...I sure am glad you like to cook!!! The PP fruits are called "tunas". Isn't that funny??? Love ya...Julie

Nancy McCarroll - Arts, Crafts and Favorites said...

Yes! What a fun thing to win! And so glad you showed the cookies, too!! Great posting.

Shelia said...

Hi Judi! I lived in West Texas for years and I know these prickly pears were everywhere but they stayed where they grew. I don't think anyone ate them then. I have to admit - they look pretty good!
You're a brave one to try them! :)
Congrats on your win.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

SmilingSally said...

Congratulations, Judi; you are the PERFECT person to win this prize. What a neat experience.

jeanne said...

Hi Judi, thank you for the sweetest comment on my blue today.

I was amazed at seeing prickly pears as a source of food. This was so much fun to read and I'm so glad your hubs got it across the border. The cook book is very interesting too. A terrific giveaway from Julie. Lucky you.

Have fun with your cookbook.
Hugs, Jeanne

Vicki said...

That looks so good. I've never seen any recipes for prickly pears. I'm in FL. I'll have to visit her blog. Glad they let him cross the border with them.