Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Some Spicy Market!
Sometimes I find myself completely off track. Not knowing how this occurs, I forget to post my articles that I intended to write . My camera is my constant companion..... I'm able to collect an abundance of interesting and intriguing subjects to write, but they are on hold and stored in my files for some other time. Need to dig more of those moments out! Long story short, I fail to post what I love doing the most and that is, writing about the inevitable myriad of new sights, wonderful smells, different foods, locations and things I experience firsthand...........
Discovering the foods of a country is very exciting for me. Everything is so tempting. Most regions have their traditions and distinctive foods. I embrace these different foods with an opened mind knowing if I rejected something, and it would really have to be unpleasant, there could be some hurt feelings.That does not happen often. We all enjoy trying new things when we are away from our normal surroundings. Sensory overload....absolutey love it!
Frequently my time is spent visiting any kind of market that is within my reach and only if my husband will stop the car!" I will only be a few minutes darling, honey, whatever."....Just let me walk around and check to see if there is something really incredible here today."
Standing and watching people religously choose their foods or the sellers shouting out prices dazzles my senses.....I love to see this process unfold! There actually is so much that really goes on in community markets, it is difficult to take it all in. How many recipes get exchanged with friends? There is music playing at times and maybe a place to sit and sip a glass of local wine-(need to go find Al now.) He will have to park the car......"oh, look at the spices! "
You are viewing one section of the grand spice market in Istanbul.There were spices that I had never heard of nor knew what to do with. One thing that was passed on to me that I will happily share is that spices usually loose their potency in six months. There are many in my cupboard that need discarded. Guess I better get busy in the kitchen.