Dry and shriveled / Seco y arrugado

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I didn’t sleep well Friday night. Tried a siesta Saturday afternoon, but without much success. So Saturday wasn’t the best of days. I did return to the fruit and nut and grain shop. The owner custom-ordered dark-chocolate–covered raisins for me — a treat for San Geraldo. He ordered them before I knew I had Covid. But he didn’t open the box until I came in more than a week later. I wanted more toasted, unsalted almonds and he was running low. So I went back Saturday for those. I also picked up dried cranberries, pears, mangos, and moras. Mulberries (moras) and blackberries (zarzamoras) are both often called simply moras. The difference doesn’t seem to matter. Given the shape (oval), I’m pretty sure they’re mulberries. I could be wrong.

The shop carries all sorts of grains and seasonings, too. There’s so much interesting stuff it could make someone [else] want to cook.

Speaking of cooks, San Geraldo went grocery shopping and brought home “Cotton Candy” grapes. Neither of us had ever heard of them, but they were delicious. And they actually do taste like cotton candy, only not so cloyingly sweet. I just read a bit about them. They’re sweet white table grapes developed in Bakersfield, California, and only began to be sold in the US in 2011. They’re now grown in several other countries, including here in Spain. They have about 2 g (0.071 oz) more sugar per 100 g (3.5 oz) than regular table grapes. That doesn’t sound like much to me, but I could be wrong about that, too.

I’m off to a slow start again today. I can’t decide if I’ll force myself out of the house before lunch for an exercise walk or wait until after lunch when the beach and paseo are quieter. That’s Dudo above on the divan monitoring my movements and hoping I’ll go for a siesta (he joined me). Moose is at bottom enjoying his siesta snuggled up against San Geraldo.

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No dormí bien el viernes por la noche. Intenté una siesta el sábado por la tarde, pero sin mucho éxito. Así que el sábado no fue el mejor de los días. Regresé a la tienda de frutas, nueces y granos. El dueño me encargó pasas cubiertas de chocolate amargo, una delicia para San Geraldo. Los ordenó antes de que supiera que tenía Covid. Pero no abrió la caja hasta que llegué más de una semana después. Quería más almendras tostadas sin sal y se me estaba acabando. Así que volví el sábado por esos. También recogí arándanos secos, peras, mangos, y moras.

La tienda también vende todo tipo de granos y condimentos. Hay tantas cosas interesantes que podrían hacer que alguien [más] quiera cocinar.

Hablando de cocineros, San Geraldo fue de compras y trajo a casa uvas “Cotton Candy”. Ninguno de nosotros había oído hablar de ellos, pero estaban deliciosos. Y en realidad saben a algodón de azúcar, solo que no tan empalagosamente dulces. Acabo de leer un poco sobre ellos. Son uvas de mesa blancas dulces desarrolladas en Bakersfield, California, y solo comenzaron a venderse en los EE. UU. en 2011. Ahora se cultivan en varios otros países, incluso aquí en España. Tienen alrededor de 2 g (0,071 oz) más de azúcar por cada 100 g (3,5 oz) que las uvas de mesa normales. Eso no me parece mucho, pero también podría estar equivocado al respecto.

Tengo un comienzo lento de nuevo hoy. No puedo decidir si me obligaré a salir de la casa antes del almuerzo para hacer ejercicio o esperar hasta después del almuerzo cuando la playa y el paseo estén más tranquilos. Ese es Dudo monitoreando mis movimientos y esperando que me vaya a dormir la siesta (se unió a mí). Moose está en el fondo disfrutando de su siesta acurrucado contra San Geraldo.

• Cotton candy grapes.
• Uvas de “algodón de azúcar.”
• San Geraldo roasted a chicken Friday night. We had chicken salad Saturday (which is why I needed almonds). He adds almonds, grapes, dried cranberries, and celery.
• San Geraldo asó un pollo el viernes por la noche. El sábado comimos ensalada de pollo (por eso necesitaba almendras). Agrega almendras, uvas, arándanos secos, y apio.
• The moras are at far right.
• Los moras están en el extremo derecho.

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

20 thoughts on “Dry and shriveled / Seco y arrugado”

  1. I have never heard of a Cotton Candy Grape and don’t know if I’d tried one. Thankfully you did it for me.
    And now I want a Cotton Candy Grape Chicken Salad with a side of cat porn!

    1. Bob:
      Those grapes are worth a try. They do really taste like cotton candy. But I wouldn’t put them in a chicken salad… or any kind of salad really.

  2. Yes, it sounds like a wonderful shop. Thanks for the idea for a meal today! A chicken salad it will be.
    I can actually tell the two cats apart now.

    1. Jim:
      It’s funny what a difficult time people have telling the cats apart. Once you stop simply seeing them as both simply black and white, you realized they’re entirely different (size not withstanding).

    1. Steve:
      The chicken salad IS amazing. SG remembered his grandmother adding grapes to chicken salad. So he started doing it, too. The other additions are so good.

  3. I’ve never heard of cotton candy grapes, but they sound delicious. Can that chicken salad be made with tuna? I didn’t know that mulberries are edible. You learn something new every day.

    1. Deedles:
      I don’t know that I ever had a mulberry before these. The cotton candy grapes are novel. I couldn’t it many.

  4. Mooooooose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The chicken salad looks to die for! I would be interested in making that sometime. There are so many different recipes for it. And like you I love nuts.

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      I suggested the almonds because I love textures. A great addition. Moose must have heard you. He just walked to the door of my office, yowled at me, and walked away. (That’s because I didn’t go in the kitchen and kneel on the floor next to him while he ate.)

  5. A grape that tastes like cotton candy? I can’t imagine it. As for the chicken salad, THAT I can imagine. It looks delicious.

    1. Kirk:
      The grapes were surprising and fun (but … surprising). We had 2 meals from the chicken salad. So good.

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