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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

price of eggs in china


"What does that have to do with the price of eggs in China" my mom used to say that all the time when I was a kid. I didnt get it then and I still dont get it now. Girlichef was making some curry the other day and complained that cardamom pods were 17 bucks an ounce or something outlandish like that. I cant stand to see my fellow foodies up the creek with out a whisk so I decided to get her a little bag of these pricey seeds. 68 grams for $3.75 - not bad and its more cardamom than she will use in a year.



Look they sell half a pound for less than 1o bucks!



And there is always some bitter melon sitting around. I try and I try and I try again to like this stuff but trust me and trust the name - its bitter!

Let me know when you get it and share some with your friends - heck you have so much put a seed in your teapot or coffee pot it will give it a super nice flavor and aroma, oh and someone told me once to get the best flavor you should crush it lightly first - they said to crush it with your teeth - while thats great for family you might try to find an alternate method for everyone else!

20 comments:

Marjie said...

Nice of you to help a friend. And I always heard it as the price of tea in china - although I didn't know why I should care. And as for those starving children in china, did they really want my unwanted refried beans? Parcel post takes a long time...

TavoLini said...

Eggs in China? I thought it was tea in China. Never tried a bitter melon.

doggybloggy said...

marjie: i heard a funny one but it is not very PC - it was a fridge magnet that said - finish your beer there are sober children in India -

tavolini: its beyond bitter - I guess my mom had it wrong and I keep perpetuating the mistake...

Anette said...

I just love the smell of cardamom! Put some in your fabulous waffles!
Bitterness, not so much, in food or in life in general...

Jenn said...

I've heard that say ing many times and I don't get it either. One day I will. Maybe. That's a pretty good price for cardammon, too. Very generous of you, Christo.

I like bitter melon. There's a dish in the Philippines called ampalaya that uses the stuff. It's pretty good considering the bitterness of the melon and all. ;-)

The Diva on a Diet said...

You give and you give and you give, doggy ... and no, I'm not joking. This post made me smile, you are a gentleman and a scholar! (Plus you made me laugh with that comment about cracking them with your teeth!)

KennyT said...

That's so sweet of you, Christo!

Next time when I go to USA, lemme smuggle some spices for you.

doggybloggy said...

anette: oooh yeah - I have never tried that - I bet is delicious

jenn: some things are cheap in NYC - bitter melon is too bitter - I have had it all kinds of ways and I cant get used to it

diva: I felt bad - she lives in a place where they are expensive and they are not expensive here so why not - she is a great cook/chef so it is a pleasure to give her good ingredients

kenny: do you come to NY often? I want some tonka beans ...

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Now that's a really nice gesture. I am always amazed at how much less food items cost in Chinatown. If only they sold fennel pollen.

doggybloggy said...

linda: this isnt from chinatown - I dont know why I said the price of eggs in china - this is from one of the Indian neighborhoods

girlichef said...

You definitely rock...you know I think so!! I'm so excited and will definitely let you know once I receive it! I'll just make sure I brush my teeth right before I go around crushing the seeds. :D

The Blonde Duck said...

Did you ever read the BFG by Roald Dahl?

Those bitter melons look like snozzcumbers.

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

what a neat little store! and so nice to get some cheap goods for girlichef. :)

the un-pc magnet made me snort.

Sweta said...

My gran used to pound the cardamom seeds with some sugar,she used to say that the sugar would absorb the aromatic oils :)
BTW,we love bitter melon curry(bitter gourd/'karela',as we call it).I guess you need to try the authentic Indian recipe first. BTW,you'll find some cut and dried ones in the Indian store-try deep frying those till they are a nice brown colour and eat it with curd rice for a start.
It's like 'caviar'-you have to 'develop' a taste for it ;-) FYI, it's supposed to be great for diabetics-helps in lowering the blood sugars!

Reeni♥ said...

What a sweetie you are!! I'm always jealous when people have access to such wonderful 'stuff' like this!

Pavithra said...

Oh cardamom and bitter guard we use it a lot of items.. I love both

Nutmeg Nanny said...

How sweet of you! Now I know who to contact when I need stuff....haha j/k!

5 Star Foodie said...

Not sure I've seen bitter melon, will look, but i do have a horned melon in my fridge right now :)

Jason said...

I love that store! you can smell the spices blocks away! It was really nice to finally meet you yesterday Doggy!

Diana H said...

That store looks like a great find. So nice of you to share.

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