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Welcome Spring!

The Farmers Market opened today, so I guess it's "officially" spring now. But oy gevalt! it was freezing outside. Still, I got the groceries, and a few recipes besides. I think pretty soon I'll have to try cooking nettles, because there's a few stands that sell them. And, to my astonishment, there was a stand that sold brisket and even a stand that had macaroons! The lady selling the macaroons was astonished that they were selling out so quickly until I told her that Passover starts tonight and probably every Jew in Grad School Town was stocking up. I got half a dozen because they looked gooooooood.


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Apr. 23rd, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love macaroons! Cannot get them here to save my life. :-(
Apr. 24th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC)
I was despairing about matzoh and brisket, myself, but they cropped up. Maybe you could learn to make macaroons? They take a little practice, but then you'd have homemade macaroons.
Apr. 24th, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)
That would be the reasonable thing to do, wouldn't it? I do believe I will have a go at it. (Of course, I fully intend to blame you when I gain 20 lbs. ;-))
Apr. 24th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
Okay, then. Here's a recipe my mom gave me:

5 1/3 C. sweetened flake coconut
3 egg whites
1/2 C. sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300. Mix all ingredients with hands and make macaroon-sized clumps. Bake 15 min.

Now, my addenda: When you shape them, you want to smoosh them together real firmly, really squeeze them in your hands. Otherwise, you get cute little arrangements of coconut thread that fall apart when you look at them. Grease the baking sheet, unless it's one that you don't mind having to sell for scrap later. And forget the fifteen minutes. At 300, it'll take a lot longer than that. Bake till done (i.e. they don't fall apart when you try to get one off the tray).
Apr. 24th, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds like a recipe even my poor cooking skills can manage. Thank you! :-D
Apr. 26th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
Have fun, and let me know how it turns out!
Apr. 24th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
Why would you buy nettles? Isn't the whole point of eating the kind of food that you find in hedgerows that you - well - find it in hedgerows? It's like buying blackberries rather than heading off into the countryside to pick them. You feel as if you are betraying your ancestors.

I wonder if hobbits would feel like that about buying supermarket mushrooms? Or would they conclude, practically, that having chanterelles or porcini or morels made up for the ignoring of tradition?
Apr. 24th, 2005 01:01 pm (UTC)
Well, as far as I know, Grad School Town has no hedgerows. And I'd have to check on this, but I don't think nettles are native to the area, so they wouldn't be growing wild in any event. The farmers do grow them, but then, they also grow bok choy. Dandelions grow wild all around Grad School Town, so those greens I could just pick for myself, but not nettles.

I distinctly remember being eight years old and visiting friends who lived in Wimbledon. I walked straight into a patch of nettles because I didn't know what they were; they didn't have them where I grew up. Stung like crazy, but that's how I learned to put dock leaves on nettle stings. And then, whenever we had foreign guests, I would always show them around the neighborhood and point out poison ivy so they'd know to avoid that, because poison ivy doesn't grow in Europe.
Apr. 24th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
I like to think of farmers cultivating nettle patches. It's one of those things that make you realise the general irony of life.

And I've heard of poison ivy - it must have come as a horrible shock to early settlers. Definitely a good idea to point it out.

I was going to go into a story about my uncle, Winnipeg and a skunk, but I decided it's probably not really that interesting!
Apr. 26th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC)
When I was sixteen, I caught poison ivy right before going to Spain for two months. I had an interesting time trying to explain to my Spanish host family what hiedra venenosa was and why they should not touch the rash.
Apr. 24th, 2005 11:11 am (UTC)
Ohh! Good on finding the Macaroons. And Brisket. :D

We've got the macaroons all over, but it's hard to find really GOOD ones. There's like this INFLUX suddenly of so-so ones.

Got my mother some of the 'fruit slice' thingoes the other day. Will probably try again to find really terrific macaroons, and get my step some. He loves those.

Apr. 24th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
Fruit slice thingoes! I love fruit slice thingoes! I want fruit slice thingoes! I can't think where to begin looking for that in Grad School Town. Slices of real organic dried fruit lurk at every corner co-op, but those wonderful, neon-colored, sugar-crusted, hundred-percent-artificial fruit slice thingoes?

So glad I'm heading out of town for my uncle's second-night seder today. He'll have them.
Jul. 7th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)
the spring is my life!!!
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