just me, my meow, the mac demarco salad days leak, some roasted dandelion root tea, and a whole mess of fresh garbanzos. oh ya.
spring is coming, and i found a teensy bit of inspiration at asian food market. i was browsing the spice section and found some intriguing flavor extracts. they were so cheap i had to get at leeeeeeast two of them. i went with jasmine essence and something called amyl acetate, which mimics a banana flavor. i had no clue what to use the jasmine for when i bought it, but by the time i got home i was ready to bake. jasmine green tea sounded good but i didn’t get any matcha powder, so i went with my second idea: orange blossom cupcakes. they use just a teensy bit of jasmine essence–just enough so it smells like an orange grove when you raise the cupcake to take a bite. yuuum.
the asian grocer a few minutes from my house is pretty much my favorite supermarket. it stinks like fish and has some really interesting ingredients- a million kinds of choy and citrus, a ton of sauces and pastes, a huge tea selection and countless other goodies (including SEEDS!!). it’s where i stock up on tofu because they have blocks and skins and drieds and pre-frieds and it’s all so cheap. love it. anyway, in this series i’ll be exploring some of unfamiliar (to me) food items i find in one of my favorite places, and hopefully i learn some new things : )