So many thanks to my blogging compadre and unflinching guide to the incredible diversity of West Coast edibles, Vicente (Vittle Monster). This unlooked-for and pleasant surprise came through the post this morning – a taste of San Francisco in Swansea. I had admired these chicharrones from afar being generally intrigued by the transformation of pork skin to crackling. (Yes, I have to admit that I have resorted to using a hair dryer on rind before now.) Unencumbered with the cultural baggage of our pork scratchings, these chicharrones look as if they have as much to do with our own commercial teeth-moving snack as a H. Blumenthal foam has with aerosol whipped cream.
Now I have the pleasant job of thinking of something to send back – should I draw the line at tinned laverbread?
Vicente, in the meantime here’s a recently taken flower shot from the local tropical house with a fairly crunchy taxonomic for you to get your teeth into. :-))
Nopalxochia phyllanthoides x Epiphyllum ‘Space Rocket’.