Kid Approved Combinations and Thoughts on Papayas

lunch on 20 Oct 2015: pizza bites with kiwi, persimmons, apples and cinnamon graham crackers

lunch on 20 Oct 2015: pizza bites with kiwi, persimmons, apples and cinnamon graham crackers

Tuesday’s lunch contained that time-tested kid favorite: pizza bites. This time I made them on sesame sandwich buns. Pretty much any bread will work for pizza bites.

lunch on 21 Oct 2015: peanut butter and Nutella on cinnamon raisin bread, trail mix and cucumbers

lunch on 21 Oct 2015: peanut butter and Nutella on cinnamon raisin bread, papaya, trail mix and cucumbers

Today’s lunch also featured another classic kid-approved combination: peanut butter and Nutella on whole wheat cinnamon raisin bread. So yummy. For sides, I packed chunks of papaya, some pretzel fish trail mix and cucumber slices. Now, if you’ve ever eaten a papaya, you know that they sometimes have a strong aroma. I’ve sliced into papayas with a slight eau de vomit that I just can’t eat on account of the smell. I’ve lived in the tropics and I generally love all things tropical, but I always approach papayas with caution. Since I haven’t taken the time to become a papaya expert, I don’t know which varieties have this offending odor. I do know that some papayas are insanely delicious and don’t have that nasty smell. This particular papaya is a Caribbean Red and it’s fantastic. No icky smell: I promise. And I didn’t even have to travel to the tropics to get it. It was available at my local Trader Joe’s.

One thought on “Kid Approved Combinations and Thoughts on Papayas

  1. You probably already know this… but our friend Papaya is the stuff that Adoph’s meat tenderizer is made of
    Adolph Rempp owned steak houses in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara during and after World War II. They were popular places not only for their delicious steak, but also for their low prices. Rempp had discovered a way to use a papaya extract as a meat tenderizer. With this concoction, he could transform inexpensive cuts of meat into tender steaks that could pass for a much higher-priced steak.

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