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Friday, May 16, 2008

Hidden treasures on the shopping list

Friday morning typically finds me headed to the grocery store with shopping list in hand.  There are a few of us who seem to be on the same schedule, so as we walk up and down the aisles the usual friendly greetings are followed by casual "Hey, what's a leek?" or "where would you look for red food coloring?"

I look forward to these little forays, partly because I seem to always bump into my friend Ben Chorin... but also because I get a little glimpse of what Shabbat and the week beyond will look like from a culinary point of view.

Don't get me wrong, I do my share of the cooking... but I rarely plan ahead.  If I'm going to make something I generally look for the ingredients in the pantry or make a special trip to the store for exactly what I need.

Zahava, on the other hand, tends to stock up on more general ingredients that can be used in a lot of different ways.

But sometimes there are ingredients on her shopping lists that give away what she has in mind.  For instance, when I saw buttermilk on the shopping list this morning, I knew that I could look forward to scones or muffins for my morning drive during the coming week.

Even an unpleasant chore like grocery shopping can be redeemed through the hidden treasures that give away the secret of future treats.

Posted by David Bogner on May 16, 2008 | Permalink


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I had the pleasure of joining you in one such routine to the grocery store. Hummus was in plenty there, here its a needle in the haystack, one of the many things I miss about Israel.

Posted by: Rami | May 16, 2008 2:01:14 PM

Oh, so that's the Trep version of the famous buttermilk diet?

Posted by: a. | May 16, 2008 3:36:24 PM

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: SaraK | May 16, 2008 5:13:22 PM

I usually wait to the last minute to decide what I am having for dinner, and usually for Shabbat, it's same old boring baked chicken. However, every once and while I will stock up on various groceries that I can have on hand when I want to bake something - such as Vanilla Wafers. I once read that they are great on hand food for dishes that used crumbs, like cobbler, etc. The same with chocolate chips, I always stock up on a bag or two of chips - but I ALWAYS get grief from my husband (and now my children) as to why they can't eat the cookies or nosh on the chocolate morsels. I always tell them no, that it's there if ever I need to use it (and also so I don't have to run out to the grocery store.)

I finally gave in and allowed them to eat the cookies - and wouldn't you know it, the box has been in their reach for over a month now, and they never bother opening it. I guess you only want what you can't have.

Posted by: jaime | May 16, 2008 8:31:06 PM

Ah ha, but do you always return with what is on the list? If so, please can I send my husband to you for corrective training? He NEVER comes back with what I ask for, even when I have gone through the list in some detail. Shabbat shalom and enjoy the muffins.

Posted by: Noa | May 16, 2008 11:14:12 PM

Yeah for my wife it is never her first choice to send me for the last minute grocery shopping on friday. I always come back with at least one thing that would have never made her list (like those choc. chip cookies with the chocolate center) but she is too busy to go herself usually.

Posted by: Max Power | May 18, 2008 8:57:39 PM

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