June 30, 2016
The rain finally came yesterday around 4pm. Plenty of thunder and lightning, and even some hail. But it was all over by 4:30. This afternoon the rain started around 2, and it's been on and off since, with a little thunder. It may be raining now (4:30), but I'm not sure. I can't hear it over my fan if it is.
This morning Mom and I went to the Asian market. We wanted to take Nougat, but the humidity made that impractical. We got some good buys there, including a watermelon for Monday (July 4). Got some peaches, tomatoes, herbs, and eggplant, too. I'd wanted some avocados, which are usually cheaper there than at Publix, though they're usually a little the worse for wear at the Asian market. But today, they were $1/each, same as at Publix, so I'll just wait and get them there. They'll probably be in better shape.
I found a recipe for shrimp with mango and avocado that sounded really yummy and I'd like to try. I got the mango today at least.
Another recipe I'm looking forward to making is one I remember fondly from my childhood.
My paternal grandmother (who lived with us), had a garden in the backyard. Every year she'd plant beefsteak and plum tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, basil, parsley. And when the eggplant was ripe, she'd make caponata. It's an Italian (Sicilian) relish made of eggplant, tomatoes, celery, pignoli, and I forget what else. But it's a little sweet, and a little vinegary, and delicious. She'd make it by the mason jar full, and as soon as she'd put a jar in the fridge, Dad and I would grab our spoons, and devour it straight out of the jar! We could eat it almost faster than she could make it! I even took caponata sandwiches to school for lunch. I haven't had it in years, and I don't think I ever tried to make it. But Mom has Grandma's recipe, so I'm going to make it.
I'm also going to try making another dish I really love, but haven't had in many years. Chiles rellenos. There was a Mexican restaurant called "El Torito" (it closed ages ago), and we'd go to their Sunday brunch. Two of my favorite dishes there were the sweet corn cake (it was a cross between cornbread and corn pudding), and the chiles rellenos. I've never tried making them, cause I thought they would be difficult.
A couple of weeks ago, I saw Pati Jinich make them on "The Chew", and thought "That doesn't look that intimidating. Lots of steps, but nothing that daunting". So, when I saw poblanos 4 for $1.49, I grabbed a package.
Guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend!
Tomorrow it's a trip to Publix, though, for everything else we need. We're going to have bratwurst in beer for the 4th of July, along with corn on the cob and watermelon. Maybe potato salad, too.
Mom's blueberry pie turned out fabulously, and so did the French Vanilla ice cream. Together, they were out of this world! Brother really liked the ice cream, which pleased me, since I made it mostly for him (Mom and I aren't big fans of vanilla. Though I have to admit, I even liked it more than I expected I would).
Maybe next week (when we run out of desserts), I'll make a Tres Leches cake. Mom really liked it when I made it, and it would pair nicely with summer fruit, too.
What can I say? I love to cook (and eat!!!)