Sunday, August 25, 2013

Farmer's Market

was on my 'to do' list yesterday.  My first stop was to buy 2 heavy loaves of sesame seed coated spelt bread kneaded by strong hands at a biological co-op farm nearby.  The tall, clean looking farmer with kind words passing his beard-framed lips answered my "how many families run this co-op"  etc. questions with pleasure.  I don't know how our conversation reached the point where I said "I will if I remember".  That's when he started praising the effects of coconut oil.  It being very good for avoiding short memory lapses and even keeping Alzheimer's away.  As he asked "will you remember?" he slipped me this note

We both had a good laugh as I slipped it into the bag containing the breads.

Then, Mr. K. and I bumped into each other as we were looking at a display of mushrooms.
"Oh, the chef is checking out the mushrooms" I exclaimed. He does not know me but everybody knows him.  I remember him parading though the banquet room to a roaring applause of  us diners after a 7-course meal.                                                                    You know what I said to him? No? You'll never guess.   I cleared  my throat and said "when I left the house I told myself that if I meet a chef at the market I will ask him...and you know what, I forgot the question".  Mr. K. laughed and consoled me with "I am to be found here each Saturday".
We parted and a few tables away I stopped here

and remembered my question.  "Do you buy your garlic here at the market? Who has the best? I have a problem with garlic. I don't buy the one from Ch... but the other does not taste like garlic either.  Maybe I have a problem with my taste buds. What do you say?"
I looked for him everywhere, going back to where I came from but no Mr. K-chef was to be found.

Very disappointed I walked back to my car parked in the parking lot of a big surface food store.  I saw him from far and started waving my arms in the air as I was walking towards him.  I told him how I came to remember and put my question to him.  I think he is my age, retired now.  We 'Golden Agers'  are so nice to each other.  He thinks that all garlic sold at the market is good and suggested I never cut it into small pieces but always squeeze it open before adding it to any dish and added with a smile "if that does not work it could be your taste buds".  


Tom said...

Absolutely lovely interchange between lovely people. Yes, garlic's good.

Halle said...

At our age, or any age, a lovely story.

I have an interest in memory improvement, so did some reading up on coconut oil and how it helps. The following information seems to indicate that while useful in helping those with Alzheimer's, it is not generally useful in all memory loss situations:

"Brain cells (specifically neurons) are limited in what kinds of fuel they can use to stay alive. Glucose is the main fuel used by these cells but in Alzheimer’s patients certain neurons of the brain are unable to use glucose and consequently, slowly die off. This death of these brain cells may begin as much as a decade before symptoms actually become apparent.

However, neurons that are unable to use glucose can instead use an alternative fuel known as ketone bodies. Ketone bodies are readily made by the liver from medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oils (found in large amounts in coconut oil- over 60% MCT’s). Having access to these needed ketone bodies may be crucial in keeping these brain cells alive and in helping them to continue to function as normal.:

Rouchswalwe said...

I'm glad you remembered your question. I recently purchased a garlic roaster. When the weather turns colder, I intend to roast roast roast. But come to think of it, coconut plays a minor role in my culinary life. Halle's research is fascinating. I'm learning more and more about the liver these days, it seems. Now I'm thinking how I could meet a kind chef.

Ellena said...

Yes, lovely gentlemen in every way and such a great sense of humour. They were the first people I talked with on that day.
Thank you for delving further into the benefits of Huile de coco. I intend to take a spoonful a day to
keep trouble away.
I love to squeeze the roasted clove right into my mouth. Delicious!
Meet a kind chef? I would gladly introduce you to Mr. K.

Rouchswalwe said...

Ja! I could get 'im cooking with ale!