Wednesday, March 30, 2016

UGLI AND UMBRELLAS with Author Catherine E. McLean

My Guest today is Author Catherine E. McLean. 




Catherine has tackled a very little known fruit to most of us, in fact, I didn't know it existed until I was trying to find a food that started with the letter U. But Catherine has mastered the selection and given us a great salad recipe. She's also enlightened us with some fun facts about umbrellas while finding a way to challenge our writing muses with her prompt.  




Now, I'm turning this page over to Catherine...


Ugli and Umbrellas
By Catherine E. McLean

Katrine Thielke Photo Credit
The ugli is a grapefruit-sized enigma ranging from 4" to 6" wide with a mottled green to yellow skin that's thicker than an orange but peels very easily. Technically an ugli is a tangelo (a hybrid of a grapefruit and a tangerine). Flavor-wise it's sweet and juicy like the tangerine but with a subtle tang.

This light-orange fleshed fruit does not need any sugar added and it easily substitutes for citrus fruits in recipes. It can even be made into marmalade.

Of course, I like it as a fresh fruit, and I also like to put it on a salad. My favorite use for ugli is for my:


LAST BITE SALAD WITH UGLI
By Catherine E. McLean * www.Catherinemclean.com

Often there's a bit of this and a bit of that left in the veggie keeper in the way of salad greens and salad fixings. So, now is the time to use them up. In an individual bowl for yourself, or use a large bowl if you're making it for the family. Add and toss together any or all of those leftovers:

salad greens (as many different shades of green as you have from iceberg lettuce to baby spinach)

radish (sliced)

tomato (either diced, wedges, or cherry)

carrot (shredded)

celery (sliced or chunked)

cucumber (sliced thinly)

onion (slice or chopped)

...and any other "left over" veggie, sprouts, shredded red cabbage, etc. that can be put in a salad

ugli segments (as many as desired (the large segments can also be cut in half)

Top with a vinaigrette dressing (I like the sweet and sour varieties).

Optional is to add a handful of pecans, walnuts, or other nuts or seeds, even bread cubes.

If the day is warm and sunny, enjoy your salad outdoors, on your deck or patio, sitting beneath an umbrella doing the following—


WRITING PROMPT - The next most marvelous umbrella

The first umbrellas were palm leaves and some three thousand years ago the Egyptians had parasols. In the 9th century, the Chinese invented the oiled-paper, waterproofed umbrella. Trade brought umbrellas to the Roman empire, but with its fall, a 1000 years would go by before the umbrella reappeared (during the Renaissance). The umbrella was a women's necessity and fashion statement, but an Englishman changed that in the 18th century (who hasn't seen an Englishman sporting a classic black umbrella?). As the world modernized, improvements to the umbrella accelerated. The umbrella became compact, even pocket-sized, that practically explode on hitting the opening trigger. Now it's the 21st century, the era of electronics and computerization. Your writing challenge is to think outside the box and invent a marvelous, technological improvement to the common umbrella.


About Catherine E. McLean: http://www.catherineemclean.com/cems-faqs.html
Website for readers: http://www.CatherineEmclean.com
Website for writers: http://www.WritersCheatSheets.com
Pinterest:(see my Umbrellas and Parasol board) http://www.pinterest.com/catherinemclean
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/catherine.e.mclean.5




18 comments:

  1. We don't see Ugli fruit in our markets on Cape Cod - they sound interesting! Now I'm on a mission to find one and sample it!

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    1. Me too, Katie. I've got to taste one of these things. :)

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    2. The best way to find them is to ask the produce person and likely it will be a specialty grocery type of store that will carry them. They might be the size of a grapefruit but their mottled coloring doesn't distinguish them from all the other green-yellow fruits. Hope you find them!

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  2. Thank you, Lynda, for finding a picture of an Ugli--I wish my Giant Eagle store used a big label like the ones in the picture. As it was, way back when I was curious about the fruit, I had to ask the produce man if they carried uglies (and they did!). My local Walmart still doesn't stock them. If the fruit gains publicity, maybe more people will ask for it and more stores will stock it.

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    1. You're so right, Catherine. I may have seen one of these and mistook it for a less-than-beautiful grapefruit. *winks I'm thinking that the majority of people who read this will be looking for some of these.

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  3. We don't have ugli's in my part of the country either, but like Katie, I'm looking now. You convinced me!

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    1. There's nothing like a little variety in the diet and uglies are a tasty addition. Hope you find them in your area.

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  4. Great writing prompt. I'm thinking along the lines of a drone umbrella ... Thanks for the recipe too!

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  5. Never heard of ugli's, but going to search one out. Thanks for the recipe and your interesting post. Writing prompt, I like the drone idea, but with auto dry. LOL

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    1. A drone umbrella with auto-dry? Wow. I love the idea!!

      And I hope you find a source for uglies. They're worth the search. :)

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  6. I totally want some ugly fruit now! Lol! Great prompt, too!

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    1. May your quest for the fruit be fruitful! LOL

      Have fun with the prompt.

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  7. Ubrellas have basically reach a stable balance between form and fucntion, but you could always play with a particle enhanced force field :)

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    1. Would that particle enhanced force field auto-engage when the umbrella was opened and repel the rain so the umbrella and person under it stays dry? Or could it be strong enough to thwart some ant-sized alien critter? :)) Enjoy the prompt and let your imagination soar.

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  8. I love all citrus fruits. Thanks for the idea! As for umbrellas, what about a shoulder hood that pulls up like a convertable top?

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    1. A shoulder hood? That's a different kind of umbrella! :))

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  9. I eat a Mineola Tangelo every single day until they go out of season. My favorite thing. I have had Ugli fruit too, just another variety of tangelo. And I LOVE Pumelos, but you can't get those outside of Florida and have them taste good. :( Boo.

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