(the misadventures of an expatriate corporate dropout)
Saturday, January 17, 2009
There IS something I miss about the states.
I wandered in to the local grocer on the Oregon Coast and observed this display of peppers. In December. Far greater offerings were available in Portland stores and ... well in California, what can I say. Whole sections of the market. Whole markets, in fact...
I'm preparing to plant seeds soon for my own potager. I have a little green room of sorts, what do you think ... can I grow them year round? Investigation to follow.
Of course there was that great idea about smoking them. Have to consider that too. (And no, Randal, I'm not talking about the inhaling kind ... )
I did bring back two 4 pound bags of Maseca (masa harina for you gringos) which will serve in the short term for tortillas. And I found Chipotle cubes!!! come in little boxes like bouillon cubes but they are chipotle spice and can be used as a rub on meats, etc. I only got 2 boxes so will be sending out requests for more via post.
So funnily enough, in the land of haute cuisine the one thing I do miss are the cooking products I'd taken for granted living in the western U.S.
not a bad compromise for my new life. by a long shot.