it’s been a lousy week in some ways, but in other ways, things are looking up. most importantly, the hakurei turnips are up in my garden!! i thought L was just trying to trick me into getting out of bed, but when i did, there they were… two glorious light green rows of sprouts. i have been audibly squealing (and running to the window to check on them) all morning. hakurei turnips are, in my opinion, one of the very best things about summer. i discovered them in my box of veggies one week a couple of years ago, when i participated in the CSA program offered by the food project.
also on the looking up end of things, i’ve tried two new food items this week!
i bought a rather expensive package of mixed local beets at city feed the other day, and while inspecting it in the store i noticed what i thought must be a very beet looking turnip… it was white! i decided to trust them and take my chances. when i got it home and held it in my hands, i knew it was a beet. wikipedia tells me that it’s likely called “albina vereduna.” pleased to meet you! the flavor was delicate but unmistakeably beet… kind of like the golden variety (which i also steamed).
the other new find was a chinatown gamble that i made on individually packaged “walnut paste” and “almond paste” packets. it wasn’t initially clear whether these were for dessert or breakfast. it was clear that all i had to do was dump the packet into a mug or bowl, add hot water, and stir (“it can now be served!”). being familiar with thai and chinese black sesame hot cereals, i added more water than called for – i don’t mind it being a little thinner if it means getting a little more mileage out of it. we tried the walnut version as an evening snack (i had mine with blackberries and L had his with strawberries), and we both really enjoyed it. it was quite sweet, but at 50 cents a packet, it was a very successful treat. i’m keeping the almond paste in my desk drawer at the office, in case of snack emergency.
City Feed and Supply
672 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
C-Mart Supermarket (formerly Thai Binh Market)
692 Washington St
(between Kneeland St & Lagrange St)
Boston, MA 02111