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    15-20 soft, new Nepenthes pitchers, vigorously rinsed*
    2 cups sushi rice
    1 can coconut milk, shaken until your eyeballs rattle**
    2 tablespoons sugar

    Soak the rice in water overnight. Re-triple-rinse pitchers, cut off lids and tendrils. Do NOT cut into the pitcher chamber. Stack upside down to drain.
    Using a narrow spoon, gently fill each pitcher half full of rice-- use the end of the spoon or a chopstick to GENTLY tamp down the rice. Punctures are bad news. Put water in the steamer and put the bottom in. Stack the pitchers upright in the steamer. Use bunched foil to fill the empty space to keep the pitchers upright. In a bowl, mix the sugar into the coconut milk. Use a turkey baster to fill the pitchers the rest of the way with the coconut milk. Steam for one hour, with the timer set for fifteen minute increments to check the fluid level in the pitchers and top off the water in the bottom of the steamer (important!). Top off any pitchers that need it. AFter the hour, remove the steamer lid, shut off the stove, and allow to rest until you can handle them. Handle with care- they're pretty soft.

    *Use softer species of Nepenthes. The woodier species aren't as enjoyably edible. It is better to use newly opened pitchers because they are softer, and have had less time to acquire that distinct insect aftertaste.
    ** Use a can opener to open the coconut milk. There will be "cream" on the top, and you miss it if you use a churchkey opener.


    Optional chicken mole:

    1 lb dark meat chicken, cut int 2" pieces.
    1/2 c soy sauce
    1/2 c vinegar
    2 heaping tbs brown sugar

    Combine all ingredients when you start the rice soaking the night before. When the rice gets going, start cooking the chicken. If you want more sauce, bake the chicken in a lidded dish. If you want less, thicker sauce, put it in a sauce pan and cook that way. It's all up to you!
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    HI KT!!

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    Wow! Are sure it is safe to eat though?

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    Thanks! Sounds like a great dish! I really want to try this once I find enough pitchers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asid61 View Post
    Wow! Are sure it is safe to eat though?
    Perfectly edible. In some parts they are a treasured treat. As long as you use pitchers that haven't caught anything (more than a gnat), you'll be fine.
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    Dueoka, I gathered mine over the course of a month. I would wash them well, and put them in a bucket in the freezer. I would change that to a lidded container, then call it a good plan. No longer than a month or two-- they get freezer burn easy.
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    Here are a few more. These were taken on our way up to the potluck.


    The ever-present fog rolling through the Golden Gate Bridge:










    There is always a LOT of trade in and out of the Bay. Here is a container ship going out, first past Alcatraz, then along the San Fransisco skyline. Behind Alcatraz, you can see Yerba Buena Island, connected to the artificial and flat Treasure Island, joined to the mainland by two spans of the Bay Bridge.














    And lastly, a random shot of the guns on the USS Iowa during her brief refurbishing, before being towed to ThezYo's home port in SoCal.

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    cool pics! All on my life's "to see" list.

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