You eat some funny things over there in the USA don’t you? Daz sent me a text saying you can buy deep fried strawberries. That seems a little unnecessary doesn’t it?
As I’ve mentioned before a lot of my cookbooks are American and they always use ingredients that I can’t find, Kale, collard greens, swiss chard whatever. I had a list of a few things I was keeping an eye out for – black turtle beans, chipotles in adobo sauce and liquid smoke. And I found them all one day at the same shop. The black beans were okay, until you mashed them up like refried beans then they looked kind of dirty, but I like them soaked and boiled. You can’t get them tinned so I had to do it the hard way and I can only buy huge bags of them so they’ll last a while. Although they seem to be in a lot of recipes, you guys must like them a lot. The chipotles I’m not so sure about. Although it was kind of fun to say to Daz, here get a fork and try one of those. I think it’s because they have a smoky flavour and Iv’e never been a fan of smoked food. Which made the liquid smoke interesting. That is weird stuff! I had a recipe that used it with eggplant. You mixed the smoke with soy, brushed it on eggplant slices and baked them. To me they just tasted like really salty slices of eggplant with a smoky touch. I didn’t totally not like it but I think it will be an acquired taste.
Someone told me I can get kale sometimes at the farmers market so I should be able to cross that off my list next.