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August 25, 2009


Beth -- so glad you found this wonderful paradise of vegetables, so wistful it was after your father-in-law had died. Peace.

A paradise of vegetables indeed, I'm a wee bit envious of the choices and prices. We shop at a Chinese owned produce market for they are much better priced than the chain supermarkets and offer more of the locally grown when it's available.

Looking forward to more of your lovely and loving stories of your late father-in-law, Beth.

Claudia Roden has a few pages on Melokhia (that's how she spells it) in her "New Book of Middle Eastern Food" 1985. I can scan for you if you like. She gives a recipe for soup (Egyptian) and says to make it as a sauce for Chicken you do the same procedure with twice as much of the vegetable. You would need 2 kg of Melokhia per one chicken and you need to chop it into "nearly a puree" with a mezzeluna or knife of your choice before adding to the broth, so that is remains suspended in the liquid and does not settle.

There is a Sami in LaSalle also and I nearly fainted from the amazing mountain of fresh coriander they were setting out.

Kia ora Beth,
What a wonderful place to discover! And such a beautiful moment of remembrance and connection to your father in law.

If I ever get up there again to visit you and Jonathan, I want to go there to take pictures. It looks great! Glad to hear you're revisting the FIL book.

Hey Beth, I blogged about Sami a few times. Once in Dutch, but the second time even in stereo!

I take all my out-of-town guest there, and buy almost all my veggies and fruits there. I'm often the only "white" Caucasian, which reminds me, in a good way, of living in Rotterdam.

Even i was affected! I actually ordered an essay on it.This
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Ramadan wishes to you too Beth.

Wistful reading this post, but glad you will be writing about your father in law again. Your stories made him so alive that it's joy to hear his mention again - even though he is no longer here.

Also await a post with the results of cooked malukhiya!

Beth, do you know Collette Rossant's 'Apricots on the Nile?'. It's a wonderful memoir with recipes of a childhood spent in Egypt in a Jewish family before the war, it's a fascinating glimpse into a lost world; she remembers her elderly relatives speaking Ladino . I'm sure she mentions malukhiyah, and probably lots of other things that would interest you. She lived other parts of her life in France and in New York.

This market looks quite intoxicating!

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