Monday, November 5, 2007
Satsumas are in Season.
We went to sleep with two flats last night, so I knew from the get-go today that I'd be dealing with getting the car towed and the tires fixed. I had a pretty amicable ride over the Mississippi with The Tow Guy (a real nice view of the river actually, since I sit so low in our Prius I can't even see a drop of it when I drive myself over), until he started talking about deer huntin' and how much he loved, loved, loved it. For real, he was using so many superlatives to describe his love for shooting, cooking and eating deer, that I got it. I really did. He even gave me the "tut-tut" when he heard I've never engaged in venison eating. Well, I know for a fact he's never eaten seitan before, so "tut-tut" back to you, Tow-Man.
The good thing about the trip was I ended up near our favorite produce stand, and got to stop on my way home to say hi to George and to load up on some local products. We're sorta inbetween seasons down here in Southern Lousiana, it's still a bit too cold for lots of greens and cruciferous veggies, but the summer season with it's bumper crops has gone. What we do have in quantity are super-deelish satsumas. Satsumas are really common here, they're a variety of mandarin oranges, with super easy to peel rinds, few if any seeds, lots of juice, and are delightfully sweet with a bit of a tang. Dazee and I have been buying sacks of them, I can easily eat four or five in a row, especially since they can be peeled in seconds. Satsuma juice is particularly delicious, I squeezed some for the pan de muertos I made last week and had some at a cafe with brunch on Saturday. Don't let the green peel sway you, satsumas are lovely citrus specimens. I just shared one with my neighbor Patrick, and he told me that one of his trees is full of 'em and should be ripe in another week. I can't wait, I'm gonna help him unload those, and then I'll hit up my friend Miranda, I bet her blood oranges aren't too far behind.