I was at the FTI AANI market in Taguig last Saturday and here are a couple of my finds that made it into my basket. First, some nice looking small red radishes. I’ve never really eaten many red radishes, even when I lived in the West, but these looked so appealing that I bought a kilo or so… not even sure what I was going to do with them. In one of Chef Thomas Keller’s books he mentions enjoying sliced radishes on a piece of sliced baguette slathered with butter and sprinkled with salt. Maybe I will try that…
Mrs. MM and I had the same reaction to the radishes… “aren’t they unpleasantly spicy?” But variety is the spice of life, so the challenge is to use them well in the days ahead.
There was an abundance of patani and kadios on offer at the market… these seem to be quite seasonal and I am not sure I have figured out when the “season” is… but I do like these wonderful bright light green favas for color, nutrition and taste. The fava beans were PHP20 for 100 grams of peeled beans, or PHP60 per kilo unpeeled.
I was wondering what was cheaper and decided to buy a kilo of unpeeled favas and see what they would “yield” — so one kilo of unpeeled resulted in 380 grams of peeled beans. I think it is safe to say it would average roughly 360-400 grams or 36-40% post peeling. Therefore, I saved roughly PHP20, and had fresher patani, but the labor to peel them was the downside. :)
Finally, Mary, my suki at the market had some packages of blueberries from the Mt. Province. I find local blueberries a little tough-skinned (literally) and lacking in flavor when compared to their cousins in cooler climates… but they do make nice sauces. I bit into one of these expecting a rather sour flesh, but this was bordering on sweet, and the skins weren’t as tough as I thought. I am going to make these into a simple compote to serve over vanilla ice cream.