I am starting to wonder if two years will be long enough to try all the new ingredients I'm discovering.
I got a coconut shredded the other day. We're trying it in a Keralite mashed potato dish tonight. We'll also have some spicy chicken and I'll make ghee rice again now that my spices are here.
The driver came into the grocery store with me and showed me some new things. I have the right fish masala now, which we'll try tomorrow or Monday night, plus curry leaves which I've never bought before. He also made sure I had coconut milk and the right spices, which I do, of course.
And he told me to get something labeled black tamarind. I had no idea what it was, but he said it was very good and necessary for meen kari so I bought it and searched online when I got home. Black tamarind didn't find anything useful, but I kept searching and finally realized it was cambodge which my Keralite cookbook calls for often, but I had no idea how to find it (and never would have, without help). The curry leaves and cambodge are going into the potatoes tonight too.
I also finally found mung bean sprouts. They're locally grown, which is nice, but they also look homegrown, which means fairly wimpy bean sprouts. I have a sprouter coming later so I'll probably just sprout them on my own instead of buying them because I can sprout wimpy bean sprouts myself.
I spent most of the day putting stuff away, cleaning air conditioner filters, visiting IKEA, and assembling chairs. This is one of the advantages of an abaya- even when your clothes really aren't all that clean because you've been doing stuff, you don't have to change, you can just put on an abaya and go.