Saturday, February 9, 2013

Pantry and fridge items

This blog is meant for all my friends who have asked the million dollar question: "What kind of food do you eat?"  I could talk all day on how different, yet the same some foods are.  Some things just come in different packaging our pouring spouts, or just some things we're thinking throughout out the stores... "Is this meant to be eaten... or just looked at?  Why does this have spikes?  How does that fruit get sooo pink??"

Well here ya go friends!  Take a quick look in our fridge and pantry of some of our favorite foods here in Ch/ in,a:

Growing up, my family called these "Peanut butter wonder sandwiches"  Its PB, honey, and banana.  YUM!

From the left: Strawberry jam, a homemade wild grape jelly from one of my students' parents, Citron tea, Mayonnaise and Ketchup.

Cutting garlic for the week.  Yes the week.
We loooooove garlic!

Orange soda left by our friends and K, o. r, e. an orange Juice.  It is customary to bring a drink and always leave it for the host.

Try to pronounce this kids HAHAHA.
Come on its easy.  Its: "Jinminghou."  See?

Tastes just like from the States!

Popcorn kernels made on the stove.  Oh yes!
This is eaten quite often in the Lee home!

Banana chips.  I do not prefer these; I will take a fresh peeled banana over these.  Dozier really likes this snack item.  The price is not in USD this is RMB or yuan (pronounced Yoo ehn.)  One US Dollar is equal to $6.1 Yuan so this priced in US
money is $0.86.

In the great words of my Ch. ine. se friends: "These are really tasty!"  They are sea weed crackers, I like to dip them in my homemade sour cream dip with spices: onion, chives, garlic and crushed red pepper.  It was a hit last Sunday night at B study!

This is a tea served at every restaurant, that I have been to.  At first, I thought the Foohey (that is the pronunciation for server/helper in a restaurant in Ch. in e/s.e)  served us hot water and dirt.  Then my friends leaned over at the sight of my face and said "It's barley, served at every meal in restaurants."  Well, I got used to it pretty quick and now we serve it in our home to guests.  It is not that bad after all!

Look familiar?  Chocolate pie with marshmallow cream.  These were very popular during the Moon Festival a few months ago.  If given as a gift, that meant the person respected you and thought highly of you --> in so many words.  I and my husband got quite a few of these that week from our students and coworkers.  They were sold by the cases and moon cakes all on the streets.  The moon cakes were filled with red bean and or nuts.

This is expensive so we don't get this often.  Cheese is hardly found in any Chi. ne. se  or  Ko. r3an dishes, so all types of
cheese is quite expensive here.

Eggs do not come in fancy cartons like the States,  the egg shells are much thicker than what we are used to.  When we order a large bag, they all come in ONE bag and none break.  A dozen and a half of eggs are usually about $2 USD.  Of course bananas for my oatmeal and PB wonder sandwiches :D, garlic, red bell pepper, carrots and oranges.  Best tasting oranges since I lived in Florida.

From the left: Lemon juice, but it is strangely concentrated  in this goo... ummm yeah, not sure how else to explain that one.  It is nothing like fresh squeezed lemon juice on a hot July day...  next is a jar of peaches because my husband loves this! Then, the most delicious Ko. r3a.n milk I have EVER tatsed!!  And some very fresh and rich, dark apple juice

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and a look into our kitchen.  Next blog will be how we cook and show a dish or two we as Americans like to cook while living here in C.h / na.

Next time I venture to the big supermarket, I must take a video of the live silk worms in the Pupa stage.  Yes, live :)   WOW  I could not take my eyes off of it!  Stay tuned, I will video the package discretely then put the package back  :D

Happy weekend every one <3

D +  M

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