Sunday, July 16, 2006

July 15 Market Report

My trip to the market was a whirlwind one yesterday. My son is home for 10 days or so, leaving me all crazy giddy, and I left the house without a plan of action. It was very hot and crowded, so I just bought sweetcorn and decided to regroup. I still managed to snap a few before I took off.

It's eggplant season. I don't dislike eggplants as much as I do beets, but they've never really appealed to me; I find them flavorless and spongy.

I'm still fascinated to see how many varieties there are, and wonder if I shouldn't try something new. How can these not be good? There's Thai Eggplant:

Orient Charm:


And these pretty white ones.

I'm also suprised to see these peppers. Where have I been that I didn't know peppers came in purple and white? These are not peppers like Grandma used to make!

It's also Gladiolus Season. Did you know there's an entire festival with a parade and everything for these things in Momence, Illinois? When we were kids I marched with cousins in this parade.
I can't for the life of me remember why. Maybe our mom's just signed us up to get us out of their hair for a few hours.

The REAL market report of the day. Have I mentioned my son is home? He awoke yesterday to find our frig stocked with a carton of plain yogurt and the 2 beets from last week's market that I couldn't bring myself to eat. Luckily, I was on my way home with a couple weeks of chow that will tide him and the accompanying hoards over for the next two weeks. A $240 trip to the grocery store, now there's a market report.

We are having a few of his friends and their parents over tonight. I'll put that corn on the grill, whip up a few sides. I'll have a little ceremony, present the boys with some burgers and a spatula, then sit back and sip on something cool while I wait for my dinner. All is right with the world!


  1. That is one full fridge! Have fun today :)

  2. i want that refrigerator. fully stocked.
    you could oepn a business where you fill fridges with appealing colors for people who are unimaginative shoppers

  3. I love your market report. Its so much better than the other one that tells us oil is up to $80.00 per barrel and pork bellys are down (they dont mean actual pork bellys do they?)And yours comes with such delicious pictures.Take lots of pictures and enjoy every moment of your ten days.

  4. Have a great visit with Brian!

  5. LOL!!

    After looking at that beautifully stocked fridge, I recall my son (about 15 at the time, turns 38 on the 28th) gazing, for a very long time, at a similar view and proclaiming "There's nothing to eat!"

  6. That's great. Glad to hear all is right with the world.

  7. I hope you had fun last night!

    Those peppers look good. The eggplants make nice photos.

  8. WOW...your fridge is making me HUNGRY! AND, by the way, that big fridge is making me jealous, too. You know, I guess, that in England most of the fridges aren't much bigger than what Americans would call a "dorm fridge"? We can't shop for more than a few days' worth of food at any point in time.

    Also, great photos from the market, as usual. I'm intrigued by the "Ichiban" eggplants. I believe that's the same name as the supermarket I found near my hotel, last time I was in Singapore. And it was a Japanese supermarket chain, I think. I wonder if that's therefore a Japanese variety of eggplant?



  9. Wendy: You should the cupboards.

    Paul: Give me your $$. I'll stock your fridge, and leave a motherly reminder on the front of it, what you can possibly make with all of those ingredients.

    Dogbait: No banana's either.

    June: Yes, mine's much fun that corn and pork belly's, if I do say so myself. (I think you can buy pork belly's at the meat stand at the market.)

    PP: So far so good!

    Andy: Thanks. It's getting righter and righter.

    Dick: That was a very PC, anti-discriminatory comment about eggplants. You don't like them either, do you? :-)

    Janet: That's very interesting! Seems like more trips to the grocer would be tiring, but the food would always be fresh, yes?

    I'll do some eggplant googling; I meant to before I posted, but didn't take the time!

  10. ichiban means "No. 1" in japanese

  11. If, by some chance, Brian fails to eat all of that food - you know who to call to help you eat it!


  12. Good news, bananas back in September.

    Have a great time with your son.

  13. Eeeuw. Eggplant. I bought one once and had a recipe for it and everything, and when the appointed night came around I couldn't bring myself to do it. I ordered a pizza instead.

  14. THANKS, Paul, for the definition of "Ichiban"!

    SEE...once AGAIN I'm learning stuff from this blog!





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