There I was in the local food store, and I spotted a very unusual looking yellow thing. It was called Buddha's Hand which is intriguing enough. I bought a small one and then started looking up what to do with it.
Buddha's hand is a citrus – like a lemon – but it doesn't have juice or pulp like a lemon. It has peel with a citrusy tang that can be zested and used where you would otherwise use lemon – although it has a slightly smoother and less acidic flavour.
In China the Buddha's Hand fruit is a symbol of happiness, longevity and good fortune – all pretty important things!
So I concocted a dish based on other ingredients I had on hand:
Four Cheese Tortellini (store bought)
Alfredo Sauce (also store bought)
Baby Spinach leaves
Finely grated parmesan cheese
I put a large pot of salted water on to boil. While that was happening I zested one of the fingers of the Buddha's hand.
Once the tortellini were cooked (only takes a minute or two) I drained them and then added them back to the pot with the Alfredo Sauce, Buddha's Hand, Spinach and Parmesan and warmed it until hot.
That's it! Quick, easy and with a subtle lemony flavour.