Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This little piggy went to the market... yada yada and cried wee wee wee wee all the way home.
Why, hello there!
I tried checking out the Granada marketplace. Interesting spot. Huge baskets of plantains next to a vendor selling lady speed stick, some live chickens, some queso aging in the morning sun...
The quantity of produce, dry goods and trinkets is really fascinating, but I didn't really want to pull out my camera. I get hassled enough being whitey (I am working hard to get a safe base tan going, by the way)... I didn't want to get my camera stolen or whathaveyou. It is hot, gross, and there is not a lot of personal space. I managed to sneak a photo in at a small stand.
However, you can see, what fun produce! Never have to feel bad about eating bananas and pineapple, it's local, baby!
Now that I have started work, the hardest part is finding high quality, local ingredients from reliable sources. Tomorrow I head out to meet some people face to face! Actually, that is pretty much the only way to get good organic goods here, since most farmers don't have phones. I guess they just use twitter.*
As far as home cooking goes, I have kept things fairly simple. The supermarket sells medley of veggies in a bag for under $1, a melange of root vegetables, fruit and a bit of cabbage... I washed them (with filtered water) and cooked it into a curry with some chick peas. Hellooo lunch for the week!
*are twitter jokes still funny?