Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday: Out of the Ordinary Shopping

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Ever since I decided to make Rose Water Panna Cotta for the dessert at my Valentine's Day tea party, I knew I would have to go out of my way to find a couple of ingredients: rose water and lychees. I did see a recipe online on how to make your own rose water, but it sounded too complicated, and I would still have to go out of my way to find pesticide-free rose petals. No thanks, I'll just buy some! After doing some research, I located a few stores in the area where I might find these two out of the ordinary items.

I first visited an asian market place called Little Saigon. There, I found the lychees. I bought more than enough for the panna cotta recipe, because I found loads of lychee cocktail recipes online, too! The second stop I made was to India Groceries & Fashions. I found the rose water there. Yay! I felt ready to make the panna cotta!

In addition to the food items, I was also in need of a teacup and saucer with which to make a floral centerpiece. It just so happens, my friend and neighbor is a florist, and she offered to make this for me. That will really help bring the cost down. I went to a nearby antique market place to prowl around for one with a pretty floral design. I saw many priced $12 and up, and a few for $5, but then I found one priced at $2.50, and I thought it was just perfect!

I tackled that out of the ordinary shopping list, and I was happy!

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FromThe Creek said...

Sounds good! I would never have been able to find either one of those around here so I am glad that you did.

Melissa said...

GO you - it is always so hard for me to find ingredients that are out of my normal routine. It can be so frustrating - in the end I usually admit defeat and buy hamburger helper :)

Brenda said...

Those really are out of the ordinary shopping items (except for the tea cup, which by the way, was a fabulous find!). I just love it when a plan comes together!

Gayle said...

What a beautiful tea cup. I've never heard of the dish or the ingredients! lol :) Enjoy your party!

Toni said...

That really IS an out of the ordinary list of items! I'm SO glad you found everything that was needed. Very anxious to see how the end product turns out!

Eli's Lids said...

Awesome! I love that feeling of getting something done early! your center piece is going to be awesome :)