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Grocery Shopping

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Today:

 

Indy Winter Farmers' Market & City Market:

Teeny carrots (first of the year), baby spinach (red-stemmed & normal); 'Toscana' cheese; Spanokopita.

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Goose the Market:

Local shrimp (Pacific white shrimp; from a shrimp farm in Crawfordsville); Taleggio cheese (Ciresa), Salemville Blue cheese, Jamon Serrano (two think-ish slices; as substitutes for Jinhua ham for some soups to be made later), a nice baguette.

 

From a local grocery:

Fresh limeade, collard greens, green cabbage.

 

 

 

From 2 days ago:

 

Asia Mart:

Instant Noodle King (Thin) Wonton Soup Flavored (1 case) [sau Tao], Instant Noodle King (Thin) Lobster Soup Flavored (1 case) [sau Tao]; rice flour, glutinous rice flour, wonton wrapper (thin) Shanghai-style, fish meat emulsion (paste) [Venus], vegetarian spring rolls, a bottle/jar of baechu kimchi, soft tofu & firm tofu [Hinoichi], yellow tofu [Phoenix], Ti Guan Yin oolong tea, red Szechuan peppercorns, green Szechuan peppercorns, raw peanuts; daikon, burdock root, green onion/scallion (6 bunches), coriander leaves (3 bunches), Japanese cucumbers, jicama, fresh Chinese far koo mushrooms, Chinese yellow chives, water spinach (ong choy), lotus roots, Yu Choy Sum, Chinese celery, (all vegetables fresh); frozen (and thawed) shrimp; pork belly slices, whole beef shins, ground pork, big mouth bass (fished from the tank and bopped on the head and gutted there); jozo mirin [Morita], Thai Hom Mali rice [Golden Elephant].

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From USGM:

salad greens from Monkshood Nursery

little neck clams from Blue Moon Fish

a sourdough baguette from Our Daily Bread

eggs from Quattro's Game Farm

Jerusalem artichokes from Paffenroth Gardens

French breakfast radishes (I don't remember which vendor)

then:

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samphire, oyster mushrooms, wild cod, pea and ricotta ravioli, chopped pork, chopped grass-fed beef from Eataly, for a little over $50.

 

and:

 

San Marzano tomatoes and wine from Fairway.


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Saturday, from USGM -- mussels, cod, shallots, salsify, mint, milk, baby spinach, pea shoots, potatoes

Yesterday, from the corner store -- Haagen-Dasz strawberry ice cream

Today, probably from Fairway -- crushed San Marzano tomatoes and some lemons. Maybe Meyer lemons are still available, in which case I'll be making preserved Meyer lemons.

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from USGM: French breakfast radishes, spinach, squid, scallops, baby lettuce, sweet cherry cake.

from Eataly: sable, kumquats, herbs, ramps, lentils, cheese, wild mushrooms, pancetta.

from a deli on the way home: a stuffed pepper, mixed greens.

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from USGM: today: RAMPS!!!, clams, herbs, eggs, duck gizzard confit, shallots, apples, baby mesclun, sorrel

from Eataly: wild striped bass, morel mushrooms, fresh pasta, dried chickpeas, grated Parm-Reg cheese, herbs, baby leeks

from my corner store: milk, sugar, unsalted butter, garlic

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Ooh, morels.  I didn't go to the Farmers' Market today, but I'll be looking out for them.

 

Some stuff from the last couple days or so:

 

The Fresh Market: 

Gorgonzola dolce, raw shelled walnuts, heavy cream, spaghetti & capellini, wild American shrimp, free-range brown eggs.

 

Asia Mart: 

Fresh vegetables: kai choy, enoki mushrooms, bunapi shimeji mushrooms, scallions (6 bunches), Thai basil, Japanese cucumbers, Napa cabbage, Taiwan A-choy, lotus root, mou kwa (hairy gourd), bittergourd, winter bamboo shoots.

Other stuff:  A stewing hen (frozen), Yakisoba, packaged "fresh" slender bamboo shoots, fried tofu puffs, soft tofu, firm tofu, chả giò tôm cua, 'Little Cook' TVP pork w/ mustard stem flavor instant noodles-in-a-bowl, 'Little Cook' Mushroom Vegetarian instant noodles-in-a-bowl.

 

The local "corner store":

"Fresh" limeade, chicken quarters, carrots, cleaning supplies.

 

I'm probably missing a few things.

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So far today:

 

Indy Winter Farmers' Market (last day):  Chives, fresh shiitake mushrooms, free range brown eggs.

 

Goose the Market:  Fresh duck leg quarters, fresh marinated (jerk-rubbed) duck leg quarters, ramps, bread baguette, Finocchiona, Kenny's St Jerome cheese, house beef pastrami.

 

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Kind of a lopsided shopping today at the local supermarket, just a few fill-in items...box of baby arugula, 2 small tomatoes, package of shredded, cooked chicken from rotisserie (salad for dinner tomorrow); 2 apples and 6 bananas; box of Kashi cereal; 3 bottles seltzer; bottle of V-8 juice; 9 cans of cat food. Going on vacation next week, so the cat is the only one going to be home eating!

Anxiously waiting for our town's farm market to start up again, it's been a cool spring and I suspect the local farmers won't have a huge amount of produce to start.


"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast" - Oscar Wilde

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Asia Mart:

 

Fresh ginger, fresh wood-ear mushrooms, garlic, dried cuttlefish (medium-sized, small-sized, whole teeny ones), key limes, frozen "fresh" beancurd skin, dried beancurd sheet, dried medium-sized Chinese mushrooms "far koo" type, Taiwanese thin wheat noodles (Fook Chow type Min6 Sin3) (not always around, I stocked up), Phoenix brand fried tofu puffs, Venus brand frozen fish emulsion, Ti Guan Yin Oolong tea, Cincalok shrimp sauce, sliced water chestnuts, Chinese chive flowers, packaged Harm Choy/salty-sour mustard, thick-cut pork belly slices, ground pork (lean meat), Kong Yen brand "Aged Gourmet Rice Vinegar" (陳年酢) (this is not always in stock, I stocked up), red-streaked edible amaranth (Seng Choy), green onions/scallions (6 bunches for $2), daikon, fresh winter bamboo shoots, long hot green peppers/chillies, Vietnamese coriander, Chinese-type coriander/cilantro, small Bok Choy, whole yellow-skin chicken (the good stuff).

 

Pic of the teeny/baby cuttlefish:

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Note that "cuttlefish" here is just that, cuttlefish - NOT squid.


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Saturday

from USGM: chickweed, chicken, squid, herbs, bread, fromage blanc, sorrel, salad greens, French breakfast radishes, plum jam, tomato chutney

from the corner store: frozen peas

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Today

from Fairway: lemons, capers, mixed pitted olives, spaghetti, celery

 

from a wine store:  I might get a Basque white or a dry red.  Not sure yet.  Maybe a bottle of rosé.

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So far today:

 

Broad Ripple Farmers' Market (1st day of the season):

Purple-headed asparagus, "French Breakfast Radishes", Farm brown eggs, "Epi wheat stalk" bread loaf, red-bulbed spring onions.

Darn, the vendor I was expecting to have morels was completely bought out of them even before the market officially "opened for business" (I protest!!), and a large part of it went to a greedy restauranteur who swooped up much of it.

 

Marsh Supermarket:

Wild Gulf shrimp, Kumato tomatoes.

 

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I was in Whole Foods yesterday and came upon this lovely package of pork feet labeled as pork osso bucco.  What a brilliant marketing scheme!  Just like coming up with name for Chilean sea bass (who would buy Patagonian toothfish)!  I predict skyrocketing prices on humble pied de cochon in the near future.

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I was in Whole Foods yesterday and came upon this lovely package of pork feet labeled as pork osso bucco.  What a brilliant marketing scheme!  Just like coming up with name for Chilean sea bass (who would buy Patagonian toothfish)!  I predict skyrocketing prices on humble pied de cochon in the near future.

 

That might indeed catch the attention of yuppie foodie wannabies!!!  I hope not, of course, because "pig trotters"/"pork hocks" ought to be widely available to everyone at reasonable prices , in my view.  Selfishly too, of course, since I would certainly cook them in the manner commonly used in E/SE asian cuisine and I would hate for them to be priced at a premium because of some notion that they are the next Hot Thang.

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Thurs-Fri-Sat this week:

 

Goose the Market:

Vella Dry Jack cheese, Ocooch Mountain cheese, Pistachio gelato.

 

Kincaid’s:

Picanha (sirloin top cap/tri-tip), Wild Alaskan halibut, tub of chicken fat, tub of duck fat, tub of chicken livers.

 

Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market:

Morels, purple-tipped asparagus, French Breakfast radishes, leafy celery.

 

Carmel Farmers’ Market:

Purple asparagus, fresh mozzarella, cavolo nero.

 

 

I expect I'll drop by Asia Mart later. :-)

 

 

Pic of the asparagus and morels.

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Asia Mart:

Fried tofu puffs, garlic, limes (69¢ EACH! Damn lime shortage), melon cake (老婆餅; "wife cake", "sweetheart cake"), firm tofu, Little Cook mushroom vegetarian noodle (bowls) and Spicy Beef noodle (bowls), Sapporo Ichiban chicken flavor noodle (packs), dried jujubes (from Shanxi), dried jujubes (from Shandong), honey jujubes, raw peanuts, dried hot red chillies, fresh Thai chillies, frozen pandan leaves, corn oil, fresh vegetables [Chinese long beans, bitter melons, coriander leaves, scallions, Japanese onion (negi), lettuce stems, Taiwan bok choy, large mustard greens(芥菜)], fresh lotus roots, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, whole beef shins/shanks, pork spare ribs (short-cut), frozen stewing chicken.

 

Pic of (L to R) samples of: lettuce stems, Taiwan bok choy, large mustard green.  The mustard green is the type used to make pickled mustard used in Harm Choy Tong.

 

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Asia Mart:

Fried tofu puffs, garlic, limes (69¢ EACH! Damn lime shortage), melon cake (老婆餅; "wife cake", "sweetheart cake"), firm tofu, Little Cook mushroom vegetarian noodle (bowls) and Spicy Beef noodle (bowls), Sapporo Ichiban chicken flavor noodle (packs), dried jujubes (from Shanxi), dried jujubes (from Shandong), honey jujubes, raw peanuts, dried hot red chillies, fresh Thai chillies, frozen pandan leaves, corn oil, fresh vegetables [Chinese long beans, bitter melons, coriander leaves, scallions, Japanese onion (negi), lettuce stems, Taiwan bok choy, large mustard greens(芥菜)], fresh lotus roots, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, whole beef shins/shanks, pork spare ribs (short-cut), frozen stewing chicken.

 

Pic of (L to R) samples of: lettuce stems, Taiwan bok choy, large mustard green.  The mustard green is the type used to make pickled mustard used in Harm Choy Tong.

 

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Do you snap off the leafy part of the lettuce stem and use only that, peel the stem end or use it as is??? Looks interesting.  Do you traditionally serve it raw or cooked. Look forward to seeing what it becomes.


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Do you snap off the leafy part of the lettuce stem and use only that, peel the stem end or use it as is??? Looks interesting.  Do you traditionally serve it raw or cooked. Look forward to seeing what it becomes.

 

I use the leafy tops (when they are left on the stems, as in this case) as well, but the primary use are the fleshy stems which would be peeled/skinned and sliced up.  A standard way to cook them would be to simply stir-fry them, with or without some sort of sliced meat or protein added.

 

ETA: These guys are also known as celtuce in many English-speaking areas, especially in the UK, I think.  Taiwan A-choy is also grown for the thick stems (as well as the leaves, which would be more "needle-like" than other common forms of lettuce - I've shown pics of the veggie here on eG).


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from USGM: fiddlehead ferns, SPINACH!!!, BROCCOLI RABE!!!, eggs, salad greens, herbs, clams

from Eataly: shiitake mushrooms, maitake mushrooms, cavatelli, arctic char, rock shrimp, herbs

from a corner store: a brownie, stuffed peppers, greens with olive oil and garlic

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Broad Ripple Farmers' Market:  Morels (including some BIG ones today), Western chives, chive flowers.

 

Carmel Farmers' Market:  Fresh lettuces - butter, green leaf, red romaine; baby candy onions w/ stout green parts on.

 

There was lots of spinach available at both places, including one vendor with large entire plants (minus the roots)...but I didn't feel like getting some. In my case, fresh spinach often has been available even through winter till the present time, from growers who maintain crops through winter and spring.  (Besides, I can also almost always get the "Chinese type" with large leaves and long stout stems from the Chinese grocery)

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Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market (BRFM):

Anna Belle’s Garden: Fresh oyster mushrooms, ramp bulbs, fiddleheads.

Amelia’s Bakery: Poppyseed, aniseed & sesame seed Francese loaf.

The Apple Works: English thyme.

Harvestland Farm: Western chives.

Nicole-Taylor’s Pasta: Bag of fresh radiatore.

Silverthorn Farm: French Breakfast radishes, green onions.

 

Binford Farmers’ Market:

Shamrock Farm: Fresh shiitake mushrooms.

St. Athanasius Bakery: Kolachy (with the traditional fruit-based fillings, assorted).

Unknown vendor: Asparagus.

 

Asia Mart:

Fuzzy squash, long hot green peppers, Japanese cucumbers, yu choy sum, J.Z. bamboo shoots, red-flushed yin choy (edible amaranth), lettuce stems (celtuce), kangkong (water spinach), lemon grass, wong nga pak (Napa cabbage), Thai basil, shimeji (brown beech) mushrooms, fresh galangal, black Chinese jujubes (dried), fresh skinny wonton noodles, dried anchovies (small ones, “stock fish”), firm tofu, fried tofu puffs, chicken drumsticks.

 

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So far today:

 

Broad Ripple Farmers' Market: Black morels, farm eggs, small zucchinis with the blossoms attached, mizuna, snow peas.

 

The Fresh Market:  Wild-caught Atlantic shrimp, pine nuts, pasta, salt (Maldon, Baleine, Redmond**).

 

**I've never tried this before, let's see if the residual grit in this one becomes an issue.  Tastes nice, though.

 

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Shopping Fri-Sat.

 

Asia Mart:  Rice bran oil, peanut oil; frozen fish balls, tubular “grilled/baked” fish cakes (chikuwa), Chinese crullers, fresh yellow-skin chicken, fresh duck wings, fresh pork hock slices; two types of whole-plant salted/preserved mustard (mui choy), pickled mustard (typical type made w/ kai choy); kangkong, Thai basil, red-streaked amaranth (yin choy), Shanghai choy sum, Opo squash, scallions, coriander leaves, Chinese chive flower buds, fresh lotus roots, limes, garlic, shallots; deep-fried soy puffs, soft & firm tofu, fresh skinny wonton noodles, Fuzhou-type wheat noodles (min sin) [Hung Ming], skinny rice noodles (mei fun) [Tiger].

 

Sakura Mart: Hon-mirin [Takara], jozo-mirin [Morita], ryori-shu [Morita], large dried shrimp [鴻昌隆], mutenka shiro miso [Miyasaka Jozo Co.], Yamabuki miso (JFC International, importers).

 

BRFM: Fresh strawberries, spicy mustard greens, broccolini, Western chives, broccoli rabe, young candy onions.

 

Annabelle’s Garden: Spring porcini (Boletus rex-veris), from Oregon.

 

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besides the stuff I got at USGM (check the USGM thread), I bought from Fairway:  sardines, pasta, Castelvetrano olives, oil-cured olives and crushed San Marzano tomatoes.

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Friday-Saturday foodstuff shopping:

 

Goose the Market

Kenny’s Reserve Asiago, Pecorino Toscano, Taleggio [Ciresa], Tarentaise [Thistle Hill] cheeses.

Lamb bacon [smoking Goose].

King salmon steak, bone-in.

 

BRFM (Broad Ripple Farmers’ Market)

Chicken-of-the-woods mushroom.

Tuscan kale (whole young head).

Spinach, quite beautiful!

Snow peas.

Sugar snap peas.

Broccoli rabe.

Farm eggs.

Cherokee Purple tomatoes.

Young/baby garlic heads.

Purple, yellow, chartreuse, green cauliflower & broccoli florets.

 

Binford Farmers’ Market

Asparagus.

Spring onions.

Fresh head-on shell-on shrimp (technically prawns, from the anatomy), from an Indiana salt-water shrimp/prawn farm; via Caplinger’s Fresh Catch.  These were harvested yesterday.

 

 

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I just got home   9 pkg  x 2 kilo  wheat flour, it is plain flour.    Why this much? Simple they had a deal at the store 3 pkg for the price of 2 and for me that is a great saving and I was also out of flour.

The only odd thing  I got home was for my brother   a bag of  Licorice flavoured potato crisp/chips.


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