We went to the supermarket one recent weekend. It had been a long time since I had been to the supermarket actually – which is embarrassing to say, but true. With all my business travel I have been eating a lot of delivery – or buying vegetables at one of the small stands on my way home.
The supermarket by our house is always reorganizing the merchandise, which means each trip is like a treasure hunt. This trip I focused on two items that really made me smile.
The first was an entire vat of chicken feet – toenails and all that were piled up just like you would see onions or apples. We must have gone at a slow time of the day because the vat was overflowing – not yet picked over. My husband looked at them closely and asked if I wanted to purchase them. Since that is the one Chinese food that I avoid if possible – I knew he was joking, so played along.
Just beside the chicken feet were a series of what looked like mini swimming pools with netting over the top. Inside were live hairy crabs – sorted according to size and gender and ready to take home. The crabs brought back memories of the crab basket I was given as a present several years ago and made me smile.
After a short discussion – we decided to purchase three of them and bring them home to steam. The attendant took them out and deftly wrapped each crab in string before putting them in a plastic bag with several holes in it. These crabs were tied much more tightly than my errant crab of before.
We took quite a few pictures, but unfortunately the next day Li’s phone broke and so we lost all of them. Trust me though – that woman was a master of her craft.
That night we had a crab feast – and no chicken feet.
What’s your favorite part of the supermarket?