Chef Lair’s Trip to Joshua Tree National Park – Le Vallauris Palm Springs Restaurant

Typical habitus of an Opuntia with fruit

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The chef at La vallauris restauraunt recently went on a road trip and ended up at Joshua Tree National Park. As with any great restaurant Chef Lair knew that he needed to be creating new recipes for the restaurant and part of the reason for the trip was to give him time to think.
As he was hiking around the paths an idea struck him. Why not use cactus jelly in a dish! While Chef Lair is still playing with that idea he decided to offer you a recipe to try at home.
Prickly Pear Jelly
(2) quarts prickly pears
(2) packages powdered pectin
(6) tablespoons lemon juice
(7) cups sugar
1.Wash the prickly pear and scrub them with a vegetable bush to remove the dirt and some of the spines.
2.Place the prickly pears in a large pot and cover with water
3. Boil for ½ hour
4. Mash with a potato masher
5. Strain the pulp through a cheese cloth lined colander
6. Place the pulp back into the pan and add 2 packages of powdered pectin
7. Bring to a fast boil, stirring constantly
8. Add lemon juice
9. Bring to a hard boil and then boil 3 minutes
10. Remove from heat
11. Skim the juice
12. Pour into hot canning jars and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes

Chef Lair knew that he could do many different things with his prickly pear jelly. He felt his day had been very successful. As he was returning to the restaurant he started to realize that prickly pear jelly might not be all that successful for him. After all picking the cactus might cause him to get hurt. Then he realized that he might be concentrating so hard on getting the cactus that he might be attacked by rattlesnakes, Gila monsters, tarantulas and javalina. That would not be a pretty sight. Maybe he better figure out another recipe to try.
Then Chef Lair started thinking about giving you the recipe. You too could be hurt by all those same things. He sure wouldn’t want to loose you to a rattlesnake bite or a tarantula. Instead of trying the recipe he would like to invite you to eat at Le Vallauris. After all it is much safer.

Le Vallauris is open 7 days a week from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. You can visit Le Vallauris online at



About Le Vallauris Restaurant

Le Vallauris restaurant is open 7 days a week from 11.30 to 2.30 and from 5.00 to 10.30 385 W Tahquitz Canyon Way - PALM SPRINGS - CA 92262 TEL (760) 325 5059 Le Vallauris restaurant in Palm Springs features Mediterranean French California cuisine.
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