Right now, the aromas from the kitchen dominate: an enormous pot of chicken soup is bubbling on one burner, as you can see in the photo.
A pot of kumquat chutney is simmering on the other burner. Janet harvested the kumquats this morning from another tree in the garden, and I spent at least an hour cutting them up and taking out their seeds. We both worked on the other ingredients. Janet loves to make chutney from the produce of her own tree.
Who would have guessed that such tiny fruits nevertheless have seeds the same size as those in an orange or a tangerine!
|Kumquats, garlic, and ginger being prepped for chutney.|
|Hot peppers for chutney -- other ingredients include onion, orange juice,|
sugar, vinegar, star anise, pepper, and salt.
|Chutney simmering in a big pot, which is used only for Passover food.|
Now for some photos of the wonderful greengrocer where Janet bought many of the ingredients for the soup and many other planned dishes. She has other sources for meat, fish, and so on.
Years ago, she says, this small but amazingly stocked store sold fruit and vegetables grown nearby, but the city has overwhelmed the farms that used to occupy land in this area, and now the owners bring in produce from other places. Beautiful produce!
|So many colors of little tomatoes!|
|Quite a big selection of spices. I bought a few to take home.|
|I was amused to see the same brand of olive oil that I buy at home at Whole Foods.|