Thursday, May 09, 2019

In My Kitchen - the May edition


This month's In My Kitchen allows me to highlight some of the good quality vegetables I  can shop for at an Asian market in Tallahassee.  I didn't bring all of these home but we tried quite a variety of beans, sweet potatoes, scallions, tomatoes and Chinese eggplant.

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This produce is usually better than what I find at the local market.

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We'd never had the Chinese eggplant but I surely do love it on the buffets so, we gave it a whirl.

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These oils and condiments were already in the pantry and we put them to use.

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Here is the end result and it tasted very similar to the offerings at Chinese buffets.  I'd make it again. It looked good in this glass bowl (I think I got the bowl from a thrift shop).  Trying to be greener with using glass more.

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The recipe I adapted may be found HERE, but I tweaked it quite a bit.

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This salad is from scavenging in the fridge.  Best soups and salads come out from those forages.  Here I used butter lettuce, some baby spinach, cucumber, chopped yellow bell pepper, grape tomatoes and a bit of rotisserie chicken.  This was hauled off to lunch as I am still dragging myself in for a bit longer.  While I enjoy lunch I prop up my Kindle and read.

The life of a Government Drone.


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Sharing with:
Beth Fish Reads for the Weekend Cooking event
Deb at Kahakai Kitchen (check out her Taco Soup)
Sherry's Pickings for her In My Kitchen series.

11 comments:

Katherine P said...

I'm not a big fan of eggplants but I've never tried Chinese eggplant. Is it the same texture? I love the look of all the produce at the Asian market. There's something tempting about lots of gorgeous produce!

Beth F said...

What a great fresh market! I love eggplant in any cultivar, but my husband, alas, only tolerates it.

Tina said...

Katherine - the Chinese sort are less bitter as they have fewer seeds, I only recently read that.

BFR - It's a good one, I like the outdoor farmer's markets too but this place is consistent. Maybe your husband would like this variety of eggplant? :-)

Vicki said...

That salad looks so good! I love veggies and would rather shop somewhere miles and miles away to get quality then a few miles and get things that won't last longer than a day or two. I recently bought glass storage containers so I get toss all my plastic ones.

Vicki said...

than, not then :)

Sherry's Pickings said...

hi tina
thanks so much for joining in this month. i love eggplants so this dish looks a winner. all that produce looks fresh and tasty too. hope you have a great month. cheers sherry

JoAnn said...

Such beautiful produce!! Wish we had an option like that here. One of the few things I miss about being in NY is shopping at Wegmans... we'll be there in a few more weeks though.

Carole said...

Haven't useed Chinese eggplant for a while... hmmm... Cheers

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

When I was younger I worked as a teacher for a charity organisation for Chinese immigrants and the Chinese cook would make us wonderful lunches, her family ran a market garden and she would bring in bags of fresh vegetables and I was introduced to a whole heap of Asian vegetables and fruit that I probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise.

Enjoy your experimenting.
Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

Deb in Hawaii said...

I love eggplant especially the Asian varieties which I agree, tend to be less bitter. Your Chinese eggplant dish looks amazing, as does the salad. Thank you for sharing with Souper Sundays this week. ;-)

Debra Eliotseats said...

I totally concur---the best soups and salads (and omelets) come from a fridge forage. :)

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