The smell of grilled sardines makes me think of Portugal. In summer, in the small streets of Lisbon, people grill them outside their doors so their houses don't smell too much.
I just went to the (street) market and bought a slice of pumpkin to make soup, a lettuce, some kiwis (now in season locally) and some onions. I don't remember the last time I bought vegetables other than potatoes in a supermarket.
casi - you just cook sardines the way you would any other fish. Most people don't batter them, but might flour them, then just season with salt/pepper and saute in olive oil (not butter).
Sometimes they are de-boned and butterflied, sometimes they are filets - both are with the skin left on, which you eat. You can also buy them whole and have the fish man gut and scale them. Then you can stuff them with onions and lemon and put them in the oven in some tomato sauce.
kerouac - did you really need to buy those disgusting eggs again - or were they just too cheap to pass up?
Yes, I just roll fresh sardines in flour and put them in a frying pan. If the bones don't dissolve like they do in canned sardines, they can be removed all in one piece with no trouble. I think people would eat much more fresh fish if the bones were always as easy as in sardines.
Yes, chexbres, I decided that I like those eggs. I have already consumed two of them, but they stay 'fresh' for more than 9 months, so there is no rush to finish them.
Today I went to my Chinese supermarket with just one item in mind.
For some utterly bizarre reason, I found one day that I like creole cod accras (fritters) dipped in hot mango chutney. I was out of it so that's what I went to buy.
So I bought a jar of hot mango chutney 2.35€
But I also bought
little litchi cakes 1.70 coated wasabi peanuts 1.35 a giant bouquet of fresh basil leaves 1.86 a package of fresh ginger root 0.68 a package of pickled ginger slices for sushi 0.65 four rolls of paper towels 1.44 a big black radish 1.30 a bottle of oyster sauce 1.90 a bottle of som tom ultra spicy Thai salad sauce 1.05
Post by cheerypeabrain on Dec 27, 2017 21:32:41 GMT
Bought a large fresh turkey reduced to half price after Christmas. Got it home and managed to joint the darned thing and freeze it. I was well chuffed with myself until my beloved declared that he's 'gone off turkey' pfft....
I saw that the frozen food supermarket has already slashed lobster tails to half price this week. I am tempted, even though I always discover whenever I eat lobster that I really prefer crab or prawns.
I would have preferred to post in the What's in Season? thread with this but it wasn't until I went to the weekly farmer's market this morning to see all the produce and seafood that would under "normal" circumstances be in season, absent. The arctic weather really did a number on halting at least temporarily, the selection.
While the vast majority of root vegetables are cold hardy it's advisable to not harvest at this juncture. The same applies to the greens and all the brassica although there were a few heads of cauliflower. Seafood is at a standstill as well. Strawberries, while not completely wiped out but are covered to protect them and shouldn't be disturbed. Even farm fresh eggs were not in evidence.
So, what did I buy?
Some fresh dairy products, a King Cake, and some prepared containerized Middle Eastern foods.
(the vendors at this market come from a 200 mile radius so, there were many who live North of the city who took a much more devastating hit than people closer to the city.)
Certainly not,but I do feel badly for the loss of income for the vendors due to the capricious forces of nature. Something I experienced growing up. A "bad year" and the impact on our quality of life and witnessing the stress it brought on with special regard to my father who suffered from hypertension and ultimately died at quite a young age (48) due to heart failure. Farming is a roll of the dice...
I have never bought avocados in a plastic container before -- it seems so incredibly wasteful -- but today at the supermarket there were these avocado things (imported from Mexico!) cheaper than the usual Israeli avocados that we get, and also with the promise that they were ripe and ready to eat. But in that container, you can't press them to get an idea, so who knows? I didn't buy them to eat today but tomorrow instead, so I guess I will have to report back about this item.
Fortunately the Mexican avocados I buy here don't come in plastic.
I didn't go to the market today because I had to take more documents to renew my health card - however there would have been at least an hour's wait and probably more - standing - before I could get a seat to wait more. The security guard advised me to return early tomorrow morning, which is not a problem for me as I am always up by 6 a.m. and often by 5, as I get a lot more work done that way.
I bought the first local asparagus at the market the other day. The short-lived season is starting.
But it's also the time of year when there is not much choice of fruit: the citrus fruits are ending and the apricots, peaches, cherries, etc are not ripe yet. There are some apples and the first Spanish strawberries.
Bjd, I got lovely asparagus in Walmart, of all places, in January and February. It was also strangely cheap. The way this country is shaped plus all the mountains make for a big variety of growing climates.
Kerouac, Mexican avocados are almost always a taste thrill revelation. I'm glad two of them reached you in a state of perfection.
I have noticed a remarkable improvement in the fruits and vegetables on sale, and we can thank the coronavirus for this. Most of the items are now local rather than being imported from Spain and Morocco. I cut up a tomato in my salad tonight and it was one of the best tasting tomatoes that I can remember. It was also obvious that it had been picked ripe rather than green.
Still need to fly in avocados, bananas and limes, though.
Our weekly Farmers Market re-opened 2 weeks ago. I went yesterday anticipating a bustling throng of both vendors and shoppers. Not the case. Only 8-10 vendors and a dozen or so shoppers, most all of them people I know and haven't seen in awhile. I bought some peaches, lump crabmeat, catfish filets, and some baked goods. The plantsman was not there although he reportedly had been the previous two weeks and I was sorely disappointed as I wanted to purchase some new bedding plants to fill in some spots recently vacated. In and out of there in 30 minutes.
I have no right to complain about anything since my market is right around the corner so always a source of fresh food.
But I do miss going further afield, just to see what may turn up. One boon is that the local organic market, now open only half days on Wednesdays and Saturdays, has introduced me to a knowledgeable plant person. This morning he delivered another giant sack of potting soil to my house & we've exchanged plants. I'm debating whether or not to go over to that market today or not, as I'm in danger of over-filling my little patio alaready.