Monday, March 12, 2012

Flukes and Finds

There's an antique shop I occasionally stop in called Flukes and Finds.  I love that name.  It's so clever and fitting.  The shop itself is a treasure trove of goods and makes for excellent perusing on a Sunday afternoon.  I enjoy a good stroll through antique shops, consignment shops, and used bookstores.  Dusty hands and hanger pushing is a small price to pay for an unexpected and thrifty find.  More often than not however, I'm searching for food items first and foremost.  I love seeking out new ingredients, especially produce, but also find comfort in refilling my pantry with old favorites.  I thought I'd share a few of my flukes and finds from this past weekend, things that put a smile on my face when our paths crossed.

Tokyo Bekana, an Asian mustard green.  These are the tops of the leaves.  Don't they look similar to broccoli rabe?  These are much, much less bitter, slightly sweet, and have the most beautiful edible yellow flowers.  I've never eaten prettier salad greens.  I tossed them with my blood orange olive oil, threw down a few sunflower seeds on top, and called it a day.  It felt so satisfying to eat something so vibrant and full of life.

Rose water.  This sounded so lovely, so floral.  I haven't cracked it open yet, but I'm thinking of adding it to my tea and drizzling it over some fruit for starters.  I also hear it makes for a nice touch in cakes and cookies.   

Pink grapefruit.  A most well behaved subject to photograph, which just so happens to be all natural kitchen fragrance and instant mood booster.  As far as beating the winter blues goes, grapefruit is a superstar.  I feel better just looking at that photo.  I can't stop eating these.  I've been squirting everyone and everything in my path.

Spice rack refills: mild curry and Garam masala.  I have my sights set on a few new recipes that will put these to use.  This long ago version of Molly's Chana Masala has again piqued my interest after finishing 'A Homemade Life.' If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.  It's a beautiful, beautiful read.  I easily devoured it in one sitting and just began cooking from it as well.  

Unsweetened dried cranberries from Fairland Farms.  These beautiful jewels are straight from the bogs of Cape Cod.  Tart and delicious, my mouth waters just thinking about them.  I like to top my muesli with a handful, but most often I eat them straight from the bag.  Speaking of which, I'm working on a muesli recipe to share with you in an upcoming post.

The good old shamrock plant.  The first leaf is for faith, the second for hope, and the third for love.  Tradition has it the fourth leaf is for luck, especially if found accidentally.  I wonder if rummaging through the pot counts as accidental?  I plan on doing my best to water it.  Something tells me killing the shamrock plant would undoubtedly bring bad luck, and I don't want to take any chances.


Clair said...

Everything sounds and looks so enjoyable. I've never cooked with rose water, but I love tasting it in all sorts of Indian desserts (which are my FAVE). And that shamrock plant is gorgeous! I never knew that about the leaves.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Another wonderful healthy and delicious recipe - there's something very special about rosewater isn't there!
Mary x

Epicurea said...

looks like you had a blast and thanks for sharing your treasures and the lovely photos! very interesting to learn about this tokyo bekana which i've never heard of before.

Margarita said...

I have been meaning to get that book... thanks for reminding me to get it! :)

Amy said...

I had a grapefruit on Saturday morning--instantly made my whole day better.

I say make a rosewater lassi! Gah I haven't had on in forever and that sounds absolutely luscious (and yes, I really did just say luscious and feel a little weird about it, but it's so fitting).

kyleen said...

Ooh, I want to try using the rosewater. I have a bodygel that's rosewater scented and it smells amazing. Can`t wait to see some rosewater recipes on your blog.

Margarita said...

Hey Stephanie, I have a lot of cookbooks too and am now really wary of purchasing new ones... But, I got the Mark Bittman one for a really sweet price and just had to get it. It is worth buying... his recipes are not fixed like most others are and he gives you room to experiment and play with different flavors, add-ins, and encourages both creativity and simplicity in cooking. There's nothing fancy in his ingredients, just regular stuff that you would never think of putting together, but surprisingly works wonderfully!

Anonymous said...

I want that unsweetened dried cranberry! I bet its delicious! Can't wait to find out what you do with it! (except to snack them)

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Oh I love this post! So many wonderful things here--grapefruit--YUM! And the rosewater sounds pretty tasty too