|Veggie stand 2010|
The lady running market is wonderful; always smiling, always helpful. From posts past, readers' know I think Luis is the best. But sometimes, more is less and that seems to be the case these days. However!
If you don't know what to do with all of the available goodness in front of you that makes a purchase impossible to resist, this fun little tool might be just what you were looking for without even knowing it. See what you think; it kept me entertained for awhile and came up with recipes I'd never have thought to put together.
Below is a screen shot, it's much more fun to play with the actual generator!
Just in case, like me, you have never heard of asafetida and wouldn't know where to get it if you wanted to anyway, here's a little info on that subject.
Bonus round - When I lived on St. Croix one of my favorite women friends was called Alex. She is from Dominica and cooks like an angel. A tough angel, but an angel nonetheless. One of the things she taught me about was bush tea. She grew up beside a river and learned the bush ways of gathering, herbs for this and that for a tea that would wake you up, one that would soothe an upset belly, one that would help you sleep. If bush tea and her recommended sea bath didn't cure whatever ailed me, I should get to a doctor. That never happened.
I didn't learn close to all I should have from Alex, who could walk along the street and have a bundle in her hand of I wasn't ever quite sure what, but I've been making variations of her tea ever since, from herbs and the few safe leafy bits I did learn. In summer, I make it as iced tea. Here's what was in the last batch.
|Lemongrass in a bundle, mint, rosemary and Thai basil. Let it steep as long as you like; as long as your water doesn't boil, it won't go bitter. You can also use hibiscus blossoms, ginger (one of my favorite additions), passion flowers - some sources say they can have a bit of a narcotic effect, but I never experienced that - and much, much more. Of course, you want to be sure none of these have been sprayed with pesticides!|
|A few of my favorite things, even though they are at the house where I'm keeping an eye on things. Photo by Hank Golet, a man with an extraordinary eye for birds.|
A refreshing buen provecho to you!