I love the variety of food stores in Wellington... I love wandering around, asking what things are, taking some new things home to try. Today I went to a shop in Kilbirnie that has foods from Eastern Europe. The woman was so friendly and enthusiastic that I came away with pomegranate juice, spiced pickled eggplant, and a packet of pea groats.
Usually after I buy something I look for recipes on the net, but I canít find any for pea groats. Does anyone know what to do with pea them? The packet suggests:
To place a bag in a plenty of
the boiling added some salt water.
To cook on moderate fire of 25-30
minutes. To get a bag, having
picked up a plug for a loop
stipulated for this purpose. To allow
water to flow down. To open a bag,
having broken off it on a line of
notches. To lay out a product on a
dish and to add oil to taste.
As I wistfully wandered around teashops, sniffing samples of teas that I canít afford, it suddenly occurred to me that I could make my own blends! Buying the ingredients from supermarkets or picking them from the garden must work out cheaper, right?
Here are my ideas (untested so far):
Nasturtium leaves and flowers, with rosehips, strawberries, and lemon peel.
(Fair Trade) black tea with horopito and orange peel.
Manuka leaves with lemon balm and mint.
Kawakawa with lemongrass, ginger and calendula (ok, so this one isnít actually my idea at all).
Rooibus tea with ginger, lemon peel and aniseed.
Manuka, kawakawa and fennel.
Other suggestions appreciated :)