Thursday, January 25, 2007

It's what you crave

I had a mean craving for some Indian food and I had a can of chickpeas in the cabinet so I stopped at Whole Foods on the way home. They carry (in their ETHNIC FOOD AISLE) a bunch of organic (duh) spice packets. Just read the ingredients on the back, prepare, add spices, etc etc. I found a packet of Punjabi chhole, which is basically a bunch of ground up spices for chickpeas - coriander, cinnamon, cumin, black salt, regular salt, etc etc. Bought some cilantro, onion and tomatoes, made some jasmine rice and on the side, that's a little bit of plain sheep's milk yogurt w/ fresh pepper. I like the packaging and it's super creamy and good. Kind of a cross between cream cheese and yogurt.

I'll be eating like this for a while. I just bought a ticket to Frankfurt and I'm excited for this: Foodies take note: this is the place where you'll want to start your visit to Frankfurt. Fressgass is the nickname given to the stretch of Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse between Opernplatz and Börsenplatz Рit's the only place in Germany with such a high concentration of delis, restaurants, cafes and gourmet shops. Charming little tables line the street, and there are several lively public events here through the year. And here's a fun tidbit: in German the word "fressen" means "to devour," such as a hungry animal might. The word "essen" on the other hand, is the more polite one usually used in reference to the human act of eating. It's a good example of the sometimes self-deprecatory Frankfurt humor!

And this: Frankfurt is famous for its Handkase mit Musik, a round cheese with onions marinated in oil and vinegar. As you might imagine, such a cheese makes for flatulence, and this, ladies and gentlemen, is the 'Musik'.

But in the meantime, homecooking.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds baah-d ass. Get it, baah!!!