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Riki
« on: September 02, 2008 06:41:03 PM »

The minute this challenge theme was posted I thought DURIAN! If anything cries, yells, screams out for a cozy, it has to be a durian!
Those spikes are SHARP! So - a durian cozy:

Now the irony ... durians are meant to be EATEN ... after which, they no longer need a cozy:

So .... how about a dual-use cozy? My favorite basket - used to carry my lunch and knitting to work - really, truly needed a cozy as well, as you can see:


Amazingly, the durian cozy fit the basket just perfectly ...

Voila! A BASKET cozy!

(BTW, this was made out of some sort of very rough stiff stuff I bought years ago when teaching - we had to have a craft section and I bought it for macrame. Not sure but it might be hemp.)

Riki in Bangkok, the land of the durian!
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2008 06:42:46 PM »

Covering a durian! genius!

That's funny. I love covering things that totally don't need it. Soooo much fun
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2008 06:44:57 PM »

Oh, how funny! And now I'm very intrigued by the durian. I want to taste one.
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« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2008 07:04:24 PM »

I've never eaten or smelled durian, but i hear they smell terrible, and the taste is "acquired" at best.

Ha!  Put that thing in a cozy and seal it forever!
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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2008 07:04:42 PM »

ive never seen or even heard of a durian before... Huh
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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2008 07:21:48 PM »

I am moving to Bangkok next year, so I might have to make me a durian cozy! I like the fact that yours can be used for dual purposes.
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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2008 07:24:41 PM »

Oh, poor, poor babies, never tried durian! It is a lovely fruit, though protected by very hard, very sharp spikes (beware of being under the tree when it falls), very creamy. And yes, for the uninitiated the odor is quite strong, but for durian lovers, it is a siren's song ...

Grows only in Southeast Asia naturally, I believe, though I remember one of the former missionaries in Thailand planted some seeds on his Florida property and it is growing ...

It does have quite a reputation, and as h_pets360 said, some people would rather it be sealed up forever!
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« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2008 07:26:17 PM »

I am moving to Bangkok next year, so I might have to make me a durian cozy! I like the fact that yours can be used for dual purposes.
Oooooooooooooooo, moving to Bangkok? Can we start a crafting group, huh? It gets lonely here! I have a hard time with the Thai words for knitting and crocheting and all of that, though my Thai is fluent otherwise! And I'd be happy to introduce you to Mr. Durian!
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« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2008 07:27:08 PM »

You opened a durian, willingly?  Brave woman.  My grandmother opened one once at my house.  It smelled for days.  I wish now that I'd tried some, but we haven't had any since... I wonder why... Wink

Very cute (I wasn't sure that durians could be cute, but now I know!) and good repurposing!  The cozy looks very good on the basket.
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« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2008 07:47:38 PM »

Oh heavens I LOVE durian. Especially in icecream or custard form.
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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2008 08:01:47 PM »

omg.. I fear the durian.. lol the smell makes me gag. But I've heard that it tastes really sweet if you get past the smell. I don't think I ever will. Yay for a durian cozy to keep the smell away from me!  Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2008 10:43:55 PM »

HAHA! Thats just awesome! I know one thing for sure, make sure your on a somewhat empty stomach first before eating one, because that fruit will point the needle on full in no time.   
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« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2008 11:12:19 PM »

You opened a durian, willingly?  Brave woman.  My grandmother opened one once at my house.  It smelled for days.  I wish now that I'd tried some, but we haven't had any since... I wonder why... Wink

Very cute (I wasn't sure that durians could be cute, but now I know!) and good repurposing!  The cozy looks very good on the basket.
WILLINGLY? Hah! I have to tell you, I bought the durian whole just for the pictures - we generally have the sellers open them and we take just the meat home because they are SO hard to open - but while I was sitting there after taking the pictures, I just couldn't stand it, the siren call of that aroma! So I didn't even wait for hubby to come home, took out the chopper and opened it myself. YUM!

I do admit that the lingering odor when not fresh is not as enticing ...
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« Reply #13 on: September 02, 2008 11:14:32 PM »

Oh heavens I LOVE durian. Especially in icecream or custard form.
Ah, here on the outskirts of Bangkok (in the middle of what USED to be a durian orchard before nasty highway came in and instead there are housing estates) - we have a little guy on a bicycle that comes ringing his bell and he has durian ice cream - made at home - with coconut milk. YUM! Just the treat for a hot day!
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« Reply #14 on: September 03, 2008 05:47:54 AM »

LMAO!!!! DURIAN cosy!  Oh my. Tears are coming down my face.  You rock.  And you make glad I now live thousands of miles away from the nearest durian vendor.  That smell . . .
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« Reply #15 on: September 03, 2008 05:52:47 AM »

I am moving to Bangkok next year, so I might have to make me a durian cozy! I like the fact that yours can be used for dual purposes.
Oooooooooooooooo, moving to Bangkok? Can we start a crafting group, huh? It gets lonely here! I have a hard time with the Thai words for knitting and crocheting and all of that, though my Thai is fluent otherwise! And I'd be happy to introduce you to Mr. Durian!

That sounds awesome! I would love craft with someone who can speak english and thai!! I haven't decided if I can work up the nerve to try durian yet, but I have quite a few months to warm up to the idea  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: September 03, 2008 08:25:15 AM »

haha I saw the preview picture and thought "Oh my, what is a durian doing on craftster??" I just got back from 6 months in Thailand and somehow managed to never truly try it.

I bought a piece one time at lunch time, not knowing what it was (I actually like the smell of them so it didn't occur to me that it was the 'stinky fruit'). But then all the secretaries were running up and down the hall spraying airfreshener everywhere and it was too embarrassing so I threw it away Sad

I did try to eat a bite but it smelled like an electrical burn when it got close! I should have tried the sticky rice and durian or durian ice cream, but I was traumatized. Ahhhh durian....
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« Reply #17 on: September 03, 2008 09:14:34 AM »

Durian is like eating an onion, but.... different texture. I don't know it tastes like onion to me. I don't like it....... at all. I'm not afraid to eat new things, but I don't have to eat them twice. I love the cozy. I have a friend who loves the fruit. He gets these durian wafer cookies and his girlfriend will not let him eat them in the house. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: September 03, 2008 09:19:31 AM »

I love the lunch basket cozy. And I too am intrigued by the fruit. I just got to go to a GINORMOUS Pacific Asian market and they have durian (jackfruit) in a can.  Maybe that's the way to go if you don't want to have the whole fruit.
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« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2008 01:49:22 PM »

I saw the thumbnail and exclaimed, durian!

I don't believe this!  At work today we were talking about Asian wacko fruits and veggies, and I brought up the durian.  No one had ever heard of one before, so I described it as a pricky (can't even hold it in your hands) fruit that you crack open to reveal grapefruit-style segments, and it smells like rancid chicken.  That was my experience.  DH tried some on our honeymoon in Bali to be polite, but I couldn't get past the smell. 

If ever something needed a cozy, it's this fruit!
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« Reply #20 on: September 03, 2008 04:07:13 PM »

If ever there was a maligned thing that needed a cozy, it must surely be the durian, but did anyone ever do it before? I think not. Smiley
I wiki'd it because I was looking for something about bats or whatnot, but instead found a warning sign:



and a funny quote: "Anthony Bourdain, while a lover of durian, relates his encounter with the fruit as thus: "Its taste can only be described as...indescribable, something you will either love or despise. ...Your breath will smell as if you'd been French-kissing your dead grandmother."

I salute your cozy creativity!!
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« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2008 07:58:11 PM »

haha I saw the preview picture and thought "Oh my, what is a durian doing on craftster??" I just got back from 6 months in Thailand and somehow managed to never truly try it.

I bought a piece one time at lunch time, not knowing what it was (I actually like the smell of them so it didn't occur to me that it was the 'stinky fruit'). But then all the secretaries were running up and down the hall spraying airfreshener everywhere and it was too embarrassing so I threw it away Sad

I did try to eat a bite but it smelled like an electrical burn when it got close! I should have tried the sticky rice and durian or durian ice cream, but I was traumatized. Ahhhh durian....
You made me laugh! Like the aroma but not necessarily the taste! I learned to love durian when I lived in Sarawak, where it is not cultivated, simply gathered off the forest floor, so is generally much riper than the Thai people like - sweeter and more aromatic! So the Thai style of eating durian that is crunchy goes against the grain. Not sweet and creamy at all! But that is funny about the secretaries! Too bad we didn't hook up - I could have led you to a wonderful durian treat!
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« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2008 08:01:41 PM »

I love the lunch basket cozy. And I too am intrigued by the fruit. I just got to go to a GINORMOUS Pacific Asian market and they have durian (jackfruit) in a can.  Maybe that's the way to go if you don't want to have the whole fruit.
Although jackfruit is supposed to be a member of the same family as durian - taste, texture, everything is just very, very different. My sister loves jackfruit - but is the only one in our family that does not like durian (fine with us, more for the rest of us to share!!!)

As far as I know, they haven't canned durian yet. Somehow, I think the canning temperature would ruin it. However, you can get it frozen. Pretty tasteless, blah, but, as my dad says, better than nothing when you need a durian fix!
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« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2008 08:04:06 PM »

Durian is like eating an onion, but.... different texture. I don't know it tastes like onion to me. I don't like it....... at all. I'm not afraid to eat new things, but I don't have to eat them twice. I love the cozy. I have a friend who loves the fruit. He gets these durian wafer cookies and his girlfriend will not let him eat them in the house. Smiley
When I was a kid in Sarawak, the other missionaries there brought their blind son over and told him nothing about durian. They put one under his bed. He said "Where are the rotten tomatoes here?" - the smell reminded him of the tomatoes rotting in the sun in Lodi, California. I have heard it compared to onion before, too - but have never myself seen the similarities! Of course, I could be prejudiced, you think?
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« Reply #24 on: September 03, 2008 08:07:14 PM »

If ever there was a maligned thing that needed a cozy, it must surely be the durian, but did anyone ever do it before? I think not. Smiley
I wiki'd it because I was looking for something about bats or whatnot, but instead found a warning sign:

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and a funny quote: "Anthony Bourdain, while a lover of durian, relates his encounter with the fruit as thus: "Its taste can only be described as...indescribable, something you will either love or despise. ...Your breath will smell as if you'd been French-kissing your dead grandmother."

I salute your cozy creativity!!
Ah, yes the signs! you will find them in most of the hotels at the entrance to the lift (elevator)! And you will get kicked off an air-conditioned bus if you have some! (now if only they'd kick people off the bus that come on eating roast calamari!)
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« Reply #25 on: September 03, 2008 09:10:20 PM »

I love it - i think i need a basket cozy too!
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« Reply #26 on: September 04, 2008 12:00:50 AM »

That is VERY useful!  I bet you could ALMOST get away with taking it on the bus!

I agree, put the nicely ripened fruit in there and SEAL IT!!!  LOL!

This is awesome, and ironic!  And I really like the basket cozy, too!  It's pretty!
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« Reply #27 on: September 04, 2008 07:24:57 AM »

Thanks for the education! One day maybe I'll get my chance to experience durian firsthand. 
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« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2008 04:45:29 PM »

I love BOTH uses of your cozy -and the colors!!
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« Reply #29 on: September 09, 2008 01:35:38 AM »

 dose it ....the durian have a strange tastes? i haven't eaten it ever. i just heard it from a friend.  Cheesy i love the its cozy as well as the lunch basket cozy. 
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« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2008 07:54:54 PM »

Does durian have a strange taste? Depends on who you ask, I suppose! The texture is rather creamy, like a good custard. The taste - well, for aficionados it is great, for others, strong and nasty.

I like the lunch basket cozy as well - I had given up using that basket because stuff fell out the bottom - but now it is revived! Bright colors too! Don't know how they will hold up in the rain, though - didn't use it this morning, afraid it might run all over my clothes!
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« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2008 12:42:01 PM »

haha that is so funny. i hate durian! my mother is from thailand so i grew up with it and hated it. i just went to thailand this summer so durian stench was everywhere. mangosteen cozy!
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« Reply #32 on: August 28, 2009 05:49:57 PM »

I love it! I spent the first 18 years of my life in  thailand and my whole family LOVES durian. One of these cozies would have been so helpful for bringing it home! I can't tell you how many times I've gotten my fingers pricked with them!

The frozen ones are pretty tasteless - and that's the only way I can get them here in the US now. I miss all my thai fruit! Durian and lychees, and  mangos and papaya! Oh, and mangosteen too!
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« Reply #33 on: August 30, 2009 07:19:41 PM »

Do NOT forget the mangosteens! They're some of my favorites! Also the Lumyai (no English) ... guess you'll just have to come back and taste the goodies all over again!

My dad found the frozen ones weren't too bad if he took them out of the freezer, let them thaw and then put all the sections into paper towels to sop up the extra moisture. Does help, he said, but nothing like a fresh one! Plus, those durian are Mong Tong, which are not the sweetest ones anyway, but the Thai prefer them because over the years they've gotten so they like them less flavorful and aromatic. Come on over and I'll find some Chinee and Kadoom for you!
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