29 September 2008

Naschmarkt (weekly shopping)

Today we went back to the Naschmarkt to do our produce and meat shopping for the week. We also got some Asian food supplies because there is an awesome Asian food store that has twenty different kinds of soy sauce. Nice.


There are dozens of stands, so you have to walk down the row and compare all the prices. Some are really similar, but every once in awhile you get to a stand that has cheaper prices. And sometimes they play games with the weighing, negating any savings that you thought you got.



They sell fresh ground spices in bags. I think this is one of the only things that is actually cheaper than back home. Unfortunately the names are not the same, so it took the pocket dictionary, lots of questions, and even more smelling of bags to figure out what to buy. We got some cumin, ground fennel, ground rosemary (I've never seen that in the states... usually it is pine needle looking things), cinnamon, dried onions, red pepper flakes, an Italian seasoning mix, a pasta seasoning mix, chili powder, ground coriander... and bay leaves. Yum. Cooking should be a little more interesting now. It smells nice when walking around the market with the spices and fresh fruits, and then every now and again you walk past the fish cart and the nice smell is interrupted...
Chris paying for the spices. There are a lot of kinds of olives for sale, and the vendors are always handing out free samples. Cool except that Chris doesn't like olives... and I like it better when they give out the dried fruit samples. Chris tried a wasabi nut the other day. A little bit of sweet followed by kick-in-the-teeth spicy.
Here is the butcher that we buy some of our meat from. The ground beef is 2-3 euros a pound (oops, a kilo... not a pound) cheaper than the grocery store.
No ramen noodles for us... that is 3.30 Euros, which is like $5 for a bag of ramen noodles. Maybe they taste better than your average 10 cent bag in the states. So if you're looking to get rich, move to Europe with a container load of ramen noodles!

For lunch, Chris wisely selected a kabob stand. They have meat on huge skewers that they cut off and put on flatbread. It was so awesome. Even Ollie got excited about it.

After shopping at the Naschmarkt, we asked this guy for directions to the beach.


And for all of you Narnia fans out there who have always wondered what Turkish Delight is, I got to try some today! It comes in different varieties. Very interesting stuff. It's like a gelatin fruit-honey mixture covered in sugar, and this one had coconut. And for kicks, here is a link to website that has a recipe. I know you all want to try this one!

http://www.countrymom.com/sweets/turkish-delight.html

Gute Nacht!

Check out our picture gallery for more pictures of our European adventures as well as hiking trips in Utah and family photos.

3 comments:

  1. The kids and even Jeremy loved the post! Cooper says Hello to Elora, what an awesome picture with the rainbow/fountain. I love your new hair, you've always looked great with shorter hair. We loved hearing about everything, makes us feel like were there. Love ya . . .

    ReplyDelete
  2. It is SO fun to see you out there!! Ok, the turkish delight totally made me laugh (we always buy them for my dad who loves them for 4 bites and then can't take any more).

    You totally look like you belong there! It looks so fun! Ok, minus the train rides to church...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Okay, I love that you know what turkish delight is! Every time I used to read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe I would think, what in the world is turkish delight? We actually bought these thinking they were chocolate, and then once we tried it we figured out what it was and just laughed... Totally could not eat more than one bite.

    ReplyDelete

Comments are appreciated. I love getting comments!