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thumbnail_IMG_8241.jpg.ed086054c02c2aac794e7e4a76900994.jpgI had to go to the smaller town grocery store to pick up meds at the pharmacy inside the store.   As always, I did a quick shop of a few staples that we needed.  I had to get lettuce.  Turned the corner to check out when out of the corner of my eye I spotted what looked like SHISHITO PEPPERS!!!!!!!!  HUGE cardboard box full.  I bought probably 3 lbs.  Happy dance.

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@Shelby 

 

look into On-Line

 

or delivered Meds

 

right to your door

 

or Mail Box

 

then , again , you would has missed those peppers ...

 

if always going to be something ....

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6 minutes ago, rotuts said:

@Shelby 

 

look into On-Line

 

or delivered Meds

 

right to your door

 

or Mail Box

 

then , again , you would has missed those peppers ...

 

if always going to be something ....

I'd love to get meds delivered, but our usps mail around here....leaves a little to be desired.  Things get "lost" a lot.  I can't risk that on Ronnie's meds.

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41 minutes ago, Shelby said:

I'd love to get meds delivered, but our usps mail around here....leaves a little to be desired.  Things get "lost" a lot.  I can't risk that on Ronnie's meds.

I feel your pain.

I'd love to have a 90-day supply of meds mailed to me, but our USPS mail delivery is horrendously bad. We don't even have a dedicated mail carrier for our area. Whichever carrier gets back too soon from delivering their own routes get assigned to deliver to our area. It's not unusual to see carriers wearing headlamps, well after sunset, delivering our mail. :(

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4 minutes ago, Toliver said:

I feel your pain.

I'd love to have a 90-day supply of meds mailed to me, but our USPS mail delivery is horrendously bad. We don't even have a dedicated mail carrier for our area. Whichever carrier gets back too soon from delivering their own routes get assigned to deliver to our area. It's not unusual to see carriers wearing headlamps, well after sunset, delivering our mail. :(

Yeah.  I feel you too.

 

And, I can't imagine the nightmare with his doctor trying to say we never got the meds delivered.  AND a lot of the times right now, we don't even get the full refill due to med. shortages.  

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1 hour ago, Shelby said:

thumbnail_IMG_8241.jpg.ed086054c02c2aac794e7e4a76900994.jpgI had to go to the smaller town grocery store to pick up meds at the pharmacy inside the store.   As always, I did a quick shop of a few staples that we needed.  I had to get lettuce.  Turned the corner to check out when out of the corner of my eye I spotted what looked like SHISHITO PEPPERS!!!!!!!!  HUGE cardboard box full.  I bought probably 3 lbs.  Happy dance.

 

Maybe you should've bought more than 3 lbs. You could probably roast & can or freeze.

 

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Went to lunch today with a couple of women with whom I go to lunch about once a month; they're clients, and I'm there, these days, just monthly. Got my standard -- Chopped steak, baked sweet potato. It was predictable, and good.

 

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3 hours ago, Shelby said:

Yeah.  I feel you too.

 

And, I can't imagine the nightmare with his doctor trying to say we never got the meds delivered.  AND a lot of the times right now, we don't even get the full refill due to med. shortages.  

Docs understand.

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11 hours ago, MokaPot said:

 

Maybe you should've bought more than 3 lbs. You could probably roast & can or freeze.

 

The whole idea with shishitos (IMO) is eating them, still warm from the blistering, salted, with apéritifs.

 

Some more loot arrived...

 

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First - @Franci - this sofrito is pretty good (have we discussed this one before?) when you don't want to bother really making sofrito.

 

Spanish saffron, to go along with the recent arrival of saffrons allegedly from "Persia" and Afghanistan.

 

S&B brand curry powder is evidently the choice of Japanese home cooks. My plan is to try making the curry bricks written about in the Times.  It has, let's say, a lot of ingredients. That powder seems like the easy way out (as does the sofrito), so I also got this...

 

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From Sonoko Sakai.  Most of the spices in whole form, premeasured, to be toasted and ground. 

 

And there's this, which was in my freezer;  I hopefully have more coming at the end of the month. It's so good...

 

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2 hours ago, weinoo said:

 

 

First - @Franci - this sofrito is pretty good (have we discussed this one before?) when you don't want to bother really making sofrito.

 

 

 

I’ve not tried yet the sofrito from Matriz. I’ll keep my eyes open if I see it in stores. 

 

Btw, we have only one supermarket on the island, it’s a Winn-Dixie, I don’t like the place much, quality is not great to me but I swear, so many ingredients I don’t know from South America. Too bad I am not particularly interested into it. I am sure I could find dishes I like but it requires a lot of investigation that I am not willing to do at the moment. 

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S&B brand curry powder is evidently the choice of Japanese home cooks. My plan is to try making the curry bricks written about in the Times.  It has, let's say, a lot of ingredients. 

 

I use the S & B curry bricks and like them a lot.  I'm sure homemade is better but it's not something I'd ever tackle.

 

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1 hour ago, Franci said:

 

I’ve not tried yet the sofrito from Matriz. I’ll keep my eyes open if I see it in stores. 

 

Btw, we have only one supermarket on the island, it’s a Winn-Dixie, I don’t like the place much, quality is not great to me but I swear, so many ingredients I don’t know from South America. Too bad I am not particularly interested into it. I am sure I could find dishes I like but it requires a lot of investigation that I am not willing to do at the moment. 

 

Lots of roots and tubers?  I also see tons of stuff in my local markets, with a big Hispanic population in the neighborhood.

 

16 minutes ago, ElsieD said:

 

 

S&B brand curry powder is evidently the choice of Japanese home cooks. My plan is to try making the curry bricks written about in the Times.  It has, let's say, a lot of ingredients. 

 

I use the S & B curry bricks and like them a lot.  I'm sure homemade is better but it's not something I'd ever tackle.

 

 

Once you have the powder, the curry is as easy as making a roux and adding the powder to it, but yes if you don't want to bother making a roux, the bricks are the answer.  They do have stuff in them I'm not all that interested in ingesting, however...I'd rather have that stuff in my ice cream 🤣 .

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@weinoo, I like the S&B curry powder a lot, but it can be a little expensive, IMO. If you like it & want something that costs less, the Frontier brand "muchi" curry powder is really similar and just as good (IMO), plus cheaper. Stores that sell spices in bulk might have the Frontier product.

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Indeed it is.  This stuff came today.

 

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A mailer came a couple of weeks ago, as usual asking for donations. I figured this might go well with the dried, roasted Hatch red chiles, once I make sauce with them...

 

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It was all a surprise for Significant Eater, an esteemed graduate of the University of New Mexico law school. And a Lobo for life, evidently...

 

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21 hours ago, Shelby said:

I'd love to get meds delivered, but our usps mail around here....leaves a little to be desired.  Things get "lost" a lot.  I can't risk that on Ronnie's meds.

 

You may want to look at PillPack — at least in my experience they use UPS exclusively, and send things out *way* early. 

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4 hours ago, ElsieD said:

S&B brand curry powder is evidently the choice of Japanese home cooks. My plan is to try making the curry bricks written about in the Times.  It has, let's say, a lot of ingredients. 

 

I use the S & B curry bricks and like them a lot.  I'm sure homemade is better but it's not something I'd ever tackle.

 

I have read quite a few times that a lot of Japanese home cooks will mix and match curry bricks from different brands to come up with a preferred blend, and nearly all add a few "secret ingredients" to the pot.

Not sure if anyone else here is a video game nerd, but Sony published a Tasty-style video of the curry recipe from Cafe Leblanc in Persona 5. Kind of fun to watch. 

 

Edited to add: this appears to be the full recipe. Only 26 ingredients! 😳

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I've never made it with the powder and roux though S & B curry tin has been in my pantry for ? years. I don't use it much as am more South East Asian curry fan. When there were no blocks in the house and kids jonesing I sent them across the road to major chain market to get a box which usually had S & B and Vermont (House). I think those "extra" lubricants were part of the appeal for them.  Prior discussion 

 

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IMO, that S&B curry powder has more flavor than what's in some of the pre-made bricks. I think you'll get a better curry in the end. I have eaten curry rice in Japan (and elsewhere) and I think the S&B powder is a decent product.

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Well, I'm 45 years old today.  I couldn't have ever predicted a pandemic 45th lol.  I told Ronnie all I wanted was to order some fun foods from the internet so that's what I did.  Crossing my fingers that it would all get delivered ok.  And it did!  Along with all of the things I ordered, there was a box from Pike Place Fish Market from my Mom and Step Dad.  They did waaaaaay to much.  I'm stocked up!!!  I am so excited.

 

Umami sauce (can't wait to see what that tastes like), smoked salmon spread, Goose Point Oysters and smoked scallops

 

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Salmon burgers

 

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Gorgeous scallops

 

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Clam chowder (saving that for a nice, cold evening--it's been very hot around here still)

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Halibut cheeks!

 

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Squid!!!  I see calamari in my near future

 

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I didn't get a picture of the bag, but part of what I ordered were 50 Wellfleet Oysters.  Oh they are so briny and fresh!

 

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More here later and more on the dinner thread.  I'll be putzing around the kitchen, watching some horse racing....maybe a mimosa in a bit :)

 

 

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