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Lychee ideas please

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 14th, 2018, 11:56 am

I saw a recipe the other day in a magazine for stuffed lychees. It reminded me of my first experience of peeling and trying to eat one. My immediate thought - eyeball! I couldn't eat it! It was staring at me...

I remember the smell though - divine!

Can you share your favourite ways with lychee to steer me away from my semi-phobia please? I see them sold loose here. I should just go in and tackle them shouldn't I? Looking for recipes to give me a reason to be adventurous! Thanks in advance!
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby Seatallan » January 14th, 2018, 12:25 pm

I like them on cheesecake or in sorbets.

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/337 ... ime-sorbet
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Postby earthmaiden » January 14th, 2018, 1:03 pm

I am reminded of Shirley Conran's saying that 'life is too short to stuff a mushroom'. More so a lychee!

You usually like fruit so if you're buying them fresh and loose just peel and eat while you watch TV ;). Forget about eyeballs, think grapes or something like that. They go ok in a fruit salad. They have an unusual taste but not unpleasant.
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 14th, 2018, 1:20 pm

That sorbet made my mouth water thinking about it. Thank you for that!

If I'm going to just nibble them maybe I should eat them in the dark! My sister would have a field day over this. I once chased her around the house with a bull's eye ahead of a biology lesson where we had to cut one up. Pay back! :lol:
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby Suelle » January 14th, 2018, 1:58 pm

I love the flavour of lychees, and could eat them by the bucketload, if I could afford to buy that many. :D
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Postby Ratatouille » January 14th, 2018, 4:59 pm

I make a gorgeous pavlova topped with lychees (tnned) and passionn fruit juice - including seeds. Not a budget pud but to die for.
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 14th, 2018, 5:00 pm

Suelle wrote:I love the flavour of lychees, and could eat them by the bucketload, if I could afford to buy that many. :D


me too ... yum :chops: :bounce:

Tessa, if you peeled them then immediately cut them into pieces, you might not see them as eye-balls ...
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby cooksalot » January 14th, 2018, 5:04 pm

I’ve always liked tinned lychees in an “exotic” fruit salad.
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby aero280 » January 14th, 2018, 5:47 pm

What you need to make is an "Isfahan" :)

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We had one each in the autumn in Reims.

The top and bottom macarons are flavoured with rose.
There is a ring of raspberries around the edge and on on top.

In the middle of the raspberry ring is Chantilly cream mixed with sliced/chopped lychees.

Yum!!!!!!!!!! :)
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby Catherine » January 14th, 2018, 5:53 pm

Just serve them with some vanilla ice cream
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 14th, 2018, 10:43 pm

Isfahan looks and sounds absolutely delicious!

I can imagine with vanilla ice cream would be good.

I wonder if they work in a sorbet. Probably!
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby Catherine » January 15th, 2018, 12:42 am

TeresaFoodie wrote:I can imagine with vanilla ice cream would be good.


Sprinkle a very small amount of rosewater over them too. My Nanna used to do this back in the 80's and we loved it
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 15th, 2018, 1:16 am

I have to try that combination!

I might start off with ready peeled and pitted lychees in a can until I can pluck up courage to look them straight in the eye! My ex would laugh if he knew this after I once encouraged him to buy live mussels from Norwich market to try and after he'd cooked them then had to sit with the curtains closed eating them in the dark!
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby Catherine » January 15th, 2018, 12:46 pm

TeresaFoodie wrote:I have to try that combination!

I might start off with ready peeled and pitted lychees in a can until I can pluck up courage to look them straight in the eye! My ex would laugh if he knew this after I once encouraged him to buy live mussels from Norwich market to try and after he'd cooked them then had to sit with the curtains closed eating them in the dark!


Tinned are pretty good but do try fresh if you can. they are so delicious as are rambutans
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 17th, 2018, 12:22 pm

Whilst I was topping up my electric key earlier I noticed on sale fresh lychees. I pushed the boat out and bought four. I'll try them later with my Turkish delight ice cream. Will report back.
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby Catherine » January 17th, 2018, 12:49 pm

TeresaFoodie wrote: I'll try them later with my Turkish delight ice cream. Will report back.


I think vanilla ice cream would compliment them better if you have any. Turkish delight is too perfumed and would possibly mask what is already a fragrant fruit
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 17th, 2018, 5:05 pm

I don't have vanilla. What I might do then is eat them and then eat the ice cream.
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby PatsyMFagan » January 18th, 2018, 9:27 am

TeresaFoodie wrote:I don't have vanilla. What I might do then is eat them and then eat the ice cream.


Coincidentally, M&S had some when I popped in there this week ... so a tube of these bought as I like them and haven't had any for years.

I just peel and eat as a snack when I am in the kitchen. You will need to nick the skin to start peeling and will get squirted ;)
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby TeresaFoodie » January 18th, 2018, 9:36 am

I chose to eat them alone and just stabbed the skin with a sharp knife, peeled and then popped the fruit in, munched the flesh and spat out the stone. Lovely! No eyeball weirdness experience, just a hugely flavourful mouthful of juice, and yes, I did get squirted when I stabbed them! :lol:

Although i did enjoy them, i have a feeling these might not have been the freshest on the planet. I need to try another batch from somewhere else to test that theory..... :chops:
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Re: Lychee ideas please

Postby Catherine » January 18th, 2018, 5:29 pm

Asda are currently selling 200g pack of them for £1
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