After last night's culinary debacle, today's culinary surprise was particularly welcome. My dear friend Rukmi brought me lunch! Rukmi is Sri Lankan. She cooks the best food. I ate a fish and egg croquette, lentil curry, saffron rice, all with delicious chicken and what I thought might be tuna. I asked Rukmi what the meat was, and she told me it's all chicken. "The flat, triangular meat? With the spices? Is it tuna?"
She laughed lightly. "That's a wegetable," she said, in her lovely Sinhalese way.
"Oh, yeah? Like a beet?" That made sense, because it flaked like tuna steak or like beets might.
"It is jackfruit."
Jackfruit? Jackfruit! I ate jackfruit today. Rukmi told me all about it: she used canned young jackfruit she bought at G & L Market on 22nd St.; fully grown jackfruits are gigantic and if one fell on your head it could kill you. When fully ripe, jackfruit is full of big pods that each have a seed in the middle, like a po…
Last Thursday I went shopping at the mall, something I rarely do. I had a $20 mall gift card from a student last year, and a $25 Old Navy gift card from a student two years ago. I spent $8 at Borders on a set of 3 small Moleskine Cahier notebooks, the pocket-sized ones. I'm obsessed with these little wonders. I adore blank books but never write in them. I plan to tote one of these in my purse or my pocket to scribble revelations, epiphanies, or snippets of overheard conversation.
Then I went to Old Navy and spent $42.16. This is what I bought: 2 tank tops, one purple and one black 1 light blue camisole with lace edging 1 black knit skirt On Saturday I went to $1 clothing day at St. Vinnie's and also a church rummage sale around the corner. I spent $22. This is what I bought 2 dresses 1 pair of shorts 1 skirt 1 hat 17 shirts (including a lovely black knit Chico's tank) 14 books 2 puzzles 1 file book full of Pokemon cards 1 purse This is why I shop recycled, at thrift stores and rummage sa…
So many reasons it's been a long time since we took the boys out thrift store shopping. Yesterday, Tuesday, both of us had a full day off to spend as we pleased.
First we ate at Chaffin's Diner. They seated us in the less-dinery back room, which ended up being a good thing because we sat directly beneath a fan and didn't notice so much the heat. E drank decaff coffee with cream. I didn't notice sugar. Decaff, like his Uncle D. Coffee, like his Mimi.
We hit Shop for a Cause first, where the boys found nothing and subsequently sulked.
Next we pulled into the Humane Society Thrift Store, which I haven't visited in a long time. Historically I haven't found anything there.
Today we hit the treasure jackpot.
A $2 Ziploc bag containing the comprehensive plastic presidential contingent from Washington through Eisenhower.
Of course E had them ordered in a matter of moments.
Finally we escaped the store with a trove of treasures (more than I've found in one place in …