Sometimes it really baffles me how in the world there are certain things you cannot buy in the US, the land of unlimited opportunity and possibility, without a tremendous amount of effort.
I could talk about the non-existence of any kind of bread that would pass my nitpicking examination. [I am very particular when it comes to bread!] without drawing a breath, and I have before!, but this weekend I tried to find something completely different: semolina.
You would think that you should easily be able to find a common wheat product like this is any supermarket, but believe me, I was far from it!
After I had searched the baking goods isle and also every other isle that could possibly hold this product, I finallyÂ retreated toÂ ask one of the friendly cassiers if she could help me find “semolina”. Woah. The woman looked at me as if I was asking for something completely unheard-of.
After consulting another cassier, she half-told-half-asked me if semolina wasn’t considered a “health food item” and that I could try to get it at the Natural Foods Co-op. And with a smirk she added, “We don’t sell this”.
The Natural Foods Co-op is a somewhat alternative supermarket with lots of natural and fresh, healthful products. It was the only place where I could find somewhat coarse flour for my bread-baking adventures back in LA. It is also obviously the only place where you can find semolina. In bulk after all!
Much to my delight, the also had “rye bread”. I mean, “real” rye bread. Bread that can easilyÂ satisfy my test criteria. It looks like the Co-op could become a regular shopping place for me once again :)
The semolina pudding that I prepared after I returned home from my shopping adventures turned out delicious. And since I was in experimenting mood, I also tried to cook my Mom’s bread dumplings for dinner. The turned out great as well – taste-wise. I think I still have to work on the texture a little bit. The dumplings were more “mashed” than anything, because they fell apart in the hot water. Oh well.
Besides that, the weekends was quiet and relatively uneventful – except for
a) wet feet (twice!), because J wanted to go walking in the rain,
b) a bargain purchase of a new Champion’s sports bra [TMI?! *haha*] and
c) the discovery of a new nail salon that I really like :)