December 30, 2006
Yes, it looks like an old fashioned hot water bottle, or a small torpedo. But it's a little slice of heaven. This is hoshigaki (preserved persimmon), which I had for the first time in my in-flight meal on my way to Japan. I saw hoshigaki at a market when I came home, and Mr Santa Guy was sweet enough to buy them for me for Christmas.
Turns out that Big Sister Guy knew all about them, because she'd been on a small farm tour in the past few years at a place where they perform the process that turns beautiful but inedible persimmons into to this fabulous taste treat. For more on the process, which is a dying artform, read this article.