For all of you who are wondering what calamansi is, here's a picture
I 'm sure you could find a lot of information about this fruit online. But for Filipinos, we use calamansi in a variety of ways, including: to make a refreshing juice that multi-level marketers can only dream of, as a condiment to mix with soy sauce and sili (fresh peppers) - especially for inihaw na pusit (grilled squid) and barbecue na liempo (grilled pork belly), or to marinate meats and seafood. It's really hard for me to find calamansi here in the US, except when I moved here to SoCal.
Yesterday, I called up my friend Angie to ask her how she was doing. I met Angie in a most unusual way. I interviewed her for a position and the interview turned into a long conversation, and we became instant friends. Although we were not able to work together, our friendship continued. She has become my confidant, my cheer leader and she keeps me grounded spiritually. I haven't seen nor talked to her in awhile, so I thought of giving her a call.
As soon as I said hello, she said: "I'm picking some calamansi from my tree, would you like some?" Upon hearing calamansi, I went to her house pronto! When I arrived at her house, she welcomed me with this:
I was surprised at how much she was giving me. I've never seen this much calamansi since I was in the Philippines. What will I do wth all these calamansi? I thought about making calamansi (in-lieu of lemon) squares, calamansi juice, add calamansi to almost everything... but when I read Tangled Noodles' post, I changed my mind...I'll give it away to someone I've connected with, hoping to introduce this citrus in their cooking, and in the hopes of starting a friendship similar to what I have developed with Angie. Tangled Noodle also mentioned that a lot of you are curious about this citrus, so I thought of sharing Angie's harvest with you.
So here's how to enter:
Please leave a comment on how you intend to use the calamansi.
That counts as one entry, you can increase your chances by:
1. Becoming a follower of Skip to Malou. If you already follow me, let me know by saying so. (Counts as another entry)
2. Tweet about this giveaway. You could tweet as often as you want and enter your link everytime you do so. Plus one entry for each tweet.
3. Become a follower on Twitter. Plus one entry (for new followers only).
This giveaway is open to US residents only (sorry!). Entries will be no longer be accepted after 12pm PST on Monday, March 8. I will use http://www.random.org/ to pick a winner... Good luck everyone!