Bonjour readers! I hope you have been out and enjoying your local markets as much as I have. This week’s shop was plentiful and diverse. I was happy to discover a fellow who stocked shitake mushrooms so I grabbed a decent size bag which will come in handy for Asian soups in particular. Green vegetables are still primo and economical. The passionfruit train continues, these are the best ones yet. Positively bursting with sweet nectar. I also bought a couple of mangosteens as I love them and don’t always see them around. Some cheerful Asters were purchased and have brightened up my kitchen for only $4.50. I read a book some time ago ‘Even Silence Has An End’ which was about a woman captured by guerillas in the Colombian jungle for 6 years. One thing I particularly remember in the book was her recalling little things she wished she’d done more of, one of which was to have more fresh flowers in her home. I know what she means, it can be such a little treat but one that makes such a difference. Fortunately at the markets I can do this without breaking the budget and it’s just another way to appreciate the joy of the season. All up this week came in at $35 again, a consistent figure of late it would seem.
At the moment I’m loving winter root vegetables. This picture is from last week when I bought a few bunches and roasted them up to serve with a pork roast. They turned out perfectly and I liked the variety of texture and colour, something a bit different to the standard potato. As an alternative to apple sauce, I quartered a few granny smith apples and threw them in the oven for about half an hour. They transformed into sweet and stewy morsels to accompany the meat. I completed the dish by making an apple cider gravy with the juices from the pork.
I recently read ‘Mud, Sweat And Tears’ by Bear Grylls. It was an entertaining enough recounting of his formative years and the obstacles he’s overcome to be the renowned adventurer that he is. His great attitude and perspective on life always shines through. Mr Market Basket really enjoyed this and I can see why it’s a great book for guys. I found it an inspiring read and recommend it for something light and easy.
Last weekend I spent $5 in total. And it was awesome. Part of the reason was a magnificent hike we went on. Turns out we live near Mt Nebo which is an area with an amazing national park full of rainforest, and it’s only about 20 minutes from our house. We went on a pretty easy 8 kilometre trek amongst the lush greenery and encountered a mere two people the entire time. I can’t believe more weren’t out there exploring the deep and dark forest. We can’t wait to discover more trails in this region and others as we love a good hike. Nothing feels better than escaping the city for a while and getting off the beaten track.
Rather dangerously I’ve been dabbling in blogs of the travel variety lately… They certainly inspire wanderlust and make me dream of visiting foreign lands. One I’ve recently found that has some great information for tips on travelling on a budget is Passport and a Toothbrush. It’s given me a few ideas for my next trip. If you’re anything like me though, look at your own peril….