Vegetable Stall Crawford Market, Mumbai

Vegetable Stall at the Jyotiba Phule Mandi, Crawford Market Mumbai

No visit to Mumbai is complete without a soul-pleasing trip to the Jyotiba Phule Mandi, previously Crawford Market.

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Grape Tomatoes

pic of Grape Cherry Tomatoes by Arun Shanbhag

At work or home, I am always munching on something. Whatever I can find at the local farm stand. Apples, baby carrots, red peppers or blueberries. One of my friends introduced me to clementines; I have a boxful at work. I don't do salads, but love cherry tomatoes. I found these 'grape' tomatoes yesterday. The only problem with eating these is, making sure your mouth is tightly closed before biting on them. Or else the juice spray spurts out over the keyboard.

Since our deck is still covered with more than a foot of compacted snow, I just plonked these tomatoes on the snow. HeHe.

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pics of sitaaphal by Arun Shanbhag
The one fruit I sorely miss. Sitaaphal from the fruit-wallah on Colaba Causeway, Mumbai. Sitaaphal is also called a custard apple.

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Get a paan and some fruits

This paan-wallah has been serving customers near our house for as long as I can remember. His day starts at 6:30am, when he bathes at an outdoor water tank and scrubs his pots to a gleaming sheen. Then washes all the paan. As kids we used to reach over and grab some of the 'sweet paan masala' on the way to school. After Sunday fish curry lunch, we would all get paan and act like grown-ups – chewing and spitting out the juice through reddened teeth. Even now I ask for my, “ek mitha paan banana, katri supari, chuna kum” His wife lives in Uttar Pradesh. He would take a month off each year and visit her (what sacrifice). Now his three sons help at this stall and run other stalls of their own.

Here he is preparing for some of his early customers. The fruitwallah from the stall behind is posing as well.

The yellow cast is from the funky tarpaulin to protect from the blazing sun and occasional downpour

The Fruit Stall. Another pic from an earlier trip two years ago. In both, a taxi awaits and people walk by. Fruit-wallah brags that the blemish-free, ruby red pomegranates were imported from Kabul. So I got those to support the Afghani farmers in addition to my regular sitaaphal.

Oooooh, Those Red Peppers

After travel food, I was longing to stop by our local farm stand and pick-up my simple favorites! Iggy's whole grain sourdough round bread; baby carrots; crunchy red cabbage, freshly harvested asparagus, fuji apples, maradol papaya, and yes! a bag of red peppers on sale!

Bright red, crunchy, juicy and slightly tangy. Definitely not hot, more like a fruit. In the summer, they are best grilled. Now, I like to cut strips and eat as is. Quickly core a washed pepper, divide at the edges for broad flat pieces, wrap in a paper napkin and pack in a sandwich bag. The napkin absorbs the juices and keeps it crunchy. These are usually my mid-morning snacks. Give it a try, Yumm!

Pic of red peppers by Arun Shanbhag
Washed red peppers shot in natural light.

And if taste is not an a big motivator, they are good for your health too. Red peppers are loaded with vitamin C, B6 and beta-carotene: powerful antioxidants which neutralize free radicals generated by living processes. Free radicals are implicated in heart disease, nerve and blood vessel damage in diabetes, and cancer. Beta-carotene is essential for healthy eyes; and the reds contain capsacin, a natural painkiller useful for arthritic pains.

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Breakfast in Calgary

Picture of Diner in Calgary Canada by Arun Shanbhag

We started our Canada trip with a couple of days in Calgary. It's a well laid-out city and easy to walk around. We enjoyed the ethnic foods and the coffee shops a lot. The folks we met were also friendly. The girl at the Patagonia outdoorsy Store, for eg, was gushing with suggestions for things to do in the mountains, places to stay and lakes to visit.

We got up early and headed out to a Diner we had noticed the previous evening. When its doors opened at 7:00 am, we were there. It was a quaint 60's styled Diner, with barstools, chrome strips and all. They had expanded in the back with regular tables and booths, and that's where we relaxed.

M treated herself to a Mushroom and Spinach omelette made from free range hens, accompanied by sauteed potatoes and whole grain bread toast. I settled for buckwheat pancakes with mixed berry preserve (see pics below). It was one of the best pancakes I have had. Not the usual white flour ones which get soggy when you add the syrup. These had a nice grainy and an earthy taste. I also 'helped' M with her potatoes and half of the toast. Simply healthy, delicious food! And very filling. We took more than an hour to finish off the breakfast. A perfect way to start the day.

M's Mushroom & Spinach Omelette
Picture of Mushroom Spinach Omelette, Diner in Calgary Canada by Arun Shanbhag

Buckwheat Pancakes with mixed berry preserve.
Picture of Buckwheat Pancakes with mixed Berry Preserves, Diner in Calgary Canada by Arun Shanbhag

After breakfast, we ambled over to the North end of downtown, where the Bow river ripples. Along both shores are nice walking paths, running and biking trails, and tiny sitting gardens. With picturesque bridges and numerous ducks, it made a perfect setting. The rising sun showcased the clouds beautifully over the fall trees. Picture Perfect!

Picture of Bow River in Downtown, Calgary by Arun Shanbhag
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From our Montreal Visit:

What apples were they?

From my previous post on apples.

The apples shown were (from left): Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Braeburn, Fuji and Red Delicious.

As many of you promised, grab a few apples (or any other fruit) on your next outing to the grocery store. They are so much better than the junk snacks the MNCs want us to eat.

An Apple (or two) a day!

I love to eat apples. They are juicy, crunchy, delicious and filling. And they are nutritionally loaded! A convenient snack whenever I want. I carry a couple in my bag everyday to work. I eat them at my desk, walking to the train, waiting for a meeting, or even in a lecture. Wet and wipe clean, and bite into it! Crunch! Crunch! Some varieties are so juicy that as you bite, you have to suck the juice as well, or it runs down the side of your mouth.

I eat about 8-10 apples each week. Thus I select a wide variety at the grocery stores. Red Delicious are probably my favorite – sweet, juicy and crunchy. As they over ripen they tend to crumble without a crunch and that is a big NO. Braeburns are probably my next favorite. They are a little smaller and great as a second apple of the day. I need to be in a certain mood to munch on the extra crunchy and sour Granny Smiths. If I cut one at home, I sprinkle a little salt on it and it reminds me of 'kairi' with salt outside the school. Royal Gala seems a nice mix of the crunchiness of the Granny Smith and the sweetness of the Red Delicious. Fuji apples are very similar in taste, crunchiness and sweetness to the Braeburns, but a tad less juicy. The Golden Delicious are probably my least favorite, They seem to have aspects I dislike in all the others – they crumble, less sweet, less juicy, not sour – just middle of the road. But I still eat them regularly for variety – to build character I say! What about Macintosh's? Well, there is only so much character a guy can have.

Here are a few apples from this weekend. Can you match the names to the apples shown. There is only one of each. Give it a shot! Better still, pick up a few during your next stop at the grocery store.

Answers here
Crunch! Crunch!

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