Second, it's my sister's 21st birthday today!!!
Here's the haul:
And here's a more complete picture of the haul (the blender and paper towels are just photo-bombing):
Do you see those green thingies in the cool looking wrappers?
Tomatillos! I've never had them before, so it was cool to be introduced to a whole new veggie - I wasn't expecting that!
Though they're in the tomato family, they don't really taste like tomatoes. They're more tart? And the inside is fleshier (not watery), which I preferred since it meant I wasn't as likely to make a mess.
And it was pretty fun to pop it out of its papery dried-leaf wrapper :)
Here's another new-to-me veggie!
Baby Bok Choy! I've had Bok Choy before, but not Baby Bok Choy - and I've never made Bok Choy before. Baby Bok Choy tastes like Bok Choy, but it's milder and more tender. I like it better!
It's also really easy to prepare. I just rinsed them off, sliced them down the middle, then braised them in some canola oil (oh, and I chopped in one of the tomatoes, too). Spice with salt and pepper to taste and voila - a tasty veggie side!
Has anyone tried Bragg's Liquid Aminos? I haven't but from what I hear of it, I could imagine it tasting good with Baby Bok Choy...
There was also something really funny in my haul:
No, not the lumpy carrots. The cilantro! I had just read a paper for my organismal and evolutionary biology class about a study of cilantro preference (apparently a part of cilantro preference is related to genetics - some people, largely of European descent, are sensitive to odorants in cilantro that cause them to taste it as 'soapy,' 'pungent,' or 'dirty').
But I do love the lumpy carrots!
They were so sweet and flavorful, just like the ones from my grandmother's garden in Germany. I miss Germany!
And, of course, zucchini love.
So that x100, too.
And a yummy new bar-and-kaboch snack (buttercup squash instead of kabocha, since none of the stores around me seem to be carrying it at the moment).
The bar review is coming soon! Do you have any guesses of what bar it is?