Posted by Stephanie Simpson on
Friends! In a couple of days, I’ll be leaving the snowy city of Edmonton behind for a few-months’ stay in Durham, North Carolina. And as usual, I’m nowhere near ready to go.
I’d like to be able to say that I’m one of those balanced people who makes time to eat well even when things get crazy. But after downing a breakfast of dry pita, a handful of almonds and an orange (on a plate, at least), followed by a lunch of assorted steamed vegetables, I can make no such claims. Or share recipes with you. I’m sorry!
That being said, I have managed to dedicate a sliver of time to thinking about the food I’ll miss when I’m outside of Canada. So on Saturday morning, I ducked over to the Strathcona farmers’ market to grab a few of my favourites that’ll be out of reach once I’m in the States: Gully Valley lettuce and tomatoes, fluffy Happy Camel pitas, and a gooey cinnamon bun from the cafe (that last one didn’t stick around long enough to make the photos).
I’ve also given a few moments of thought to the treats I want to bring with me.
Dig through my barely-packed suitcase and you’ll find, rolled up in socks, an array of condiments and teas: A little can of harissa from Italy that I’ve been saving for a special occasion, a tin of my favourite milk oolong tea leaves – a birthday gift from lovely friends, maple-apple syrup procured by my sister on a recent trip to BC, a box of much-loved seasonal candy cane-flavoured tea, a jar of the world’s tastiest mustard from Edmonton’s Italian Centre, and a jar of Vegemite. I’ve also thrown in a bag of Canadian sea salt, though I’m thinking that taking a baggie full of white crystals through American customs may be more trouble than it’s worth.
In a week’s time, when I’ve settled into Durham, I’ll get back to sharing recipes. In the mean time, let me know what you’d be taking if you were leaving your hometown for a few months and whether you think silly bag of salt is worth risking.