My mum packs home made pate and a Buddha’s hand. Mum is staying with us for a week, so she can write and we can see the opera Aida on Sydney harbour. In her luggage, was this strangely beautiful fruit called a Buddha’s hand. It has a sweet, lemon blossom aroma and no juice or fruit. You can use the zest and mum sliced off a finger to flavour baked quinces. It’s a pretty spectacular looking fruit that makes me smile. It also makes your clothes smell lovely too, so it’s not a bad idea to pack one when you travel!