|Where the magic happens!|
Often in moods of reckless optimism, I buy food items that, well, I don't know what they are exactly but they look intriguing, or that I've read about and always wanted to try, or I pass items in the grocery store and every single time think to myself, What on earth is that? Or I see other people buying stuff and wonder what they're doing with it all. The other day I was in line at the market behind a Jamaican guy who was buying plantain. Lots of plaintain. I'd seen him in the plaintain section joyfully yelling into his cell phone, "I found it, I found it, even though you said it wasn't here!" So we were standing there waiting for the checkout and I asked him what he did with it. "I just cook it, you know." Thanks, Jamaican guy. I hope that this month I'll be a lot more informative than that.
November is going to be my month of enlightenment about these foods. When I sat down to write a list of things I was interested in trying, I easily came up with far more than 30 items, probably about half of which I already have but haven't got around to experimenting with for one reason or another. They're spices, fruits, vegetables, dried things, riffs on some of the food I already eat like "tofu strands" that look like spaghetti but are tofu. A lot of them are Asian, but not all. I've never tried posole, for instance, or habanero peppers.
|Workspace and compost container; in my tiny kitchen I try to be neat, or at least clean up after making a mess|
My list isn't finished, and I certainly haven't done all my posting ahead of time like some clever Mofies, so I'll be experimenting day by day and hopefully can work in some of the ingriguing things others will be doing as well. My only restriction is that I have to try at least one new (to me) food item per day.
Best wishes to all, thanks to the organizers for facilitating this excellent event, and let the games begin!