Right ON! I was just beaming with delight to find so many summery goodies at the farmers' market this weekend: Cherries!! Peaches!! Basil!! Tomatoes!! Strawberries!! Glory hallelujah! Oh yeah, and some lemons, raisins, zucchini, kale, onions, cukes, spinach, and springy-time asparaguys. Yum. I have a fruit addiction, but I refuse to seek help. The cherries are one of my most favorite things in the world, and it's a reasonably short season in these parts, so I feel an ethical obligation to eat as many as possible in that time period. The white peaches were also delicious and that's another fruit stand where I lose many a hard-earned dollar. They were fuzzy and juicy and sweet and summery. This particular vendor has a long season of many different varieties of peaches, nectarines, plums, pluots, apricots, apriums... it's so wonderful, I can hardly wait!
That very same day, I was over in Cupertino/San Jose with my dad (going on a little adventure together), when I spotted an "international market" sign. Lured by the potential of exotic ingredients, I talked my dad into going with me. I was SO psyched to find out that it was actually a wonderful Persian market with TONS of stuff! Some of you will know that I am big fan of all things Persian (okay, maybe not ALL things Persian - but just about!), especially their wonderful cuisine. I had a very hard time resisting so many things. In addition to good ol' rose water and orange blossom water, they had bottles of "Egyptian Pussy Willow Water" "Mint Water" "Sweet Briar Water" "Cumin Water" and many more. Whoa! I don't even know what to do with that, but I still wanted to buy it! Instead I took a careful inventory of what they had - knowing that from now on I can read any Persian recipe I can get my paws on, and know where to find all the most obscure ingredients. I sense a Persian cooking binge in my future!
Here's what I did end up with - just a smattering of curios:
Pita Bread (Hey, it was on my grocery list for that day!), Carrot/Rosewater jam, Tamarind Paste, Indian Curry Powder, Vimto (a sickeningly sweet cherry-ish fruit soda - fun to try, but not a new favorite!), 2 different cans of Foul Moudammas, a frozen package of "Sabzi Ghormeh", and some lovely saffron-sugar rock candy swizzle sticks. I'll save these for a special occasion. It was so exciting because a few of these products were actually imported from Iran... which is pretty hard to find these days. The air of authenticity!