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.