Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Spring Giveaway Winner and a Trip to the Asian Supermarket

 Dear Friends,

Congratulations to our friend Heather Watts, for winning the spring cleaning giveaway! We hope that you are settled into your new place quickly, and can enjoy some sewing time soon. :)

Last week, Mr. Graham and I thought we'd take a field trip to a giant-sized Asian market in Overland Park, Kansas.

There was lots of beautiful produce there, like these Chinese eggplant that AnnaMarie is modeling~
(We peeled, then sliced them, and marinated them in olive and salt for a few hours before dehydrating them on 105 degrees all night. The next day, they were chewy "bacon"!).

After we left the produce section, things were a bit trickier to identify~

"I wish I'd taken Chinese when I had a chance!"

(Frankie showed how overwhelmed he was in another way)
We did manage to find our way to the sea vegetables, and bought a three-foot long back of dried kelp fronds, along with two other types of dried varieties which we couldn't identify. :) Sea plants are wonderful for adding iodine to the diet (we like them crunchy and dried, as opposed to reconstituted in soups). We also bought a "bale" of sweet potato starch noodles for $7 (it would have been about 30 in a normal grocery store), and a few other assorted goodies that were very tasty. The one thing that we bought and still haven't figured out what to do with is powdered white prune! If anyone knows, please let us know (It's not JUST powdered fruit, we can tell).

If we manage to get back there anytime soon, we'll have to pick up some fermented foods like kimchi, miso, and natto, to get lots of those good "bugs" into our bodies.

May you find something new to try this week!




  1. Though I love Kimchi and Miso, please be careful with the nato the next time you go. It must be eaten in VERY VERY small amounts, and then, We couldn't get it off our lips for a week. Love Asian foods.

  2. When I lived in a the city, the Asian market was something I truly enjoyed. Lots of delicacies to be found there.

    I'm sorry about the tantrum...but I remember those also ;D


  3. Congratulations to Heather! I felt the same way Frankie did today when I was marketing in one of those large stores. Don't you wish you could get away with throwing yourself on the floor like that? I'm trying to work up the courage to get of my thyroid medication and go the all natural sea kelp way. Would have thought white prunes were the same as the plum type. Looks like some research for you. You'll have to let us know what it is, Marqueta. You've piqued my curiosity. The Asian markets are the best places to buy spices. Bought enough chili powder and turmeric there to last a lifetime. But it cost less than one of those little tins in the spice aisle.

  4. Sounds like an amazing place Marqueta. we have a growing nepalese population nearby and they have started opening shops in the local high street. Haven't plucked up the courage to go in yet! (Parcel on its way to you). Dev x

  5. wow, what a trip! I bet you found all sorts of interesting foods, I do love the international foods section of the grocery store, although I've never been to an asian market!

  6. How interesting! I have missed you, my friend! I have to tell you that every time I wear my flower pin I get compliments! I am so proud of it! Won't you come help me farm a little? With all your energy, we could get in a lot of trouble, er, a lot accomplished!

    Sending you sunshine for a lovely week!

  7. How lovely! We are thinking of going to an African market here and maybe an African restaurant. It is always good to try something new! It looks like your visit was a success! :)

  8. Dear Marqueta,

    What a store! I have been only in a couple of Asian markets, and that was long ago. We do not have one near by, that I know of, but we do have a little section in our local whole foods co-op that has kelp, etc. I am happy that you are doing things to take care of your thyroids! I wish I could tell you what to do with the white prune powder.

    Gotta get busy working!



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