Wednesday, September 30, 2009

62 ~ Sunday Flea Market

pipe player South American pan pipe player

Every Sunday there is a flea market held in the parking lot of one of the local supermarkets.

canvas slippers
So far I have seen only one stall that sells what could be called 'flea worthy' since it's the only one that sells second hand goods.

2nd hand stall
The rest sell inexpensive tourist oriented souvenirs and clothing, handcrafted and new costume jewellery, and inexpensive handbags.

girl browsing
However it is interesting to drop by there on my way to pick up a loaf of bread at the bakery to see if anything new has been added.

s.american wooden dollsSouth American wooden dolls and artifacts

jewellery girl
Some of the silver and mother of pearl shell jewelery is quite attractive.

argan oil I've read about Argan Oil from Morocco. It's one of the world's rarest oils and its production is labour intensive, extracted by hand by Berber women. I wondered though how authentic this bottle of oil could be seeing as it was being sold in a flea market. Hmmmm.

t-shirt seller There's never a shortage of T-shirts to buy in Tenerife!

browsing handbags Nor is there a shortage of handbags made in all materials.

girl looking at jewellery

market scene

seller women Here below a local Canary woman demonstrates the typical open-stitch embroidery of the island.


man reading This girl is selling jewellery.
Notice her beautiful long hair.

jewellery seller

two shoppers As I leave I stop to take a photo of one of the beautiful little Flamboyant trees (Delonix Regia) with their wide, horizontal spreading branches.

flamboyant tree Well time to get that bread and return home to start on our Sunday dinner. Hasta la Vista!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

61 ~ Bibi & The Dove

Bibi & The Dove Bibi was sitting on my printer watching the birds outside visiting the bird feeder in the tree, but she didn't notice that one dove was keeping an eye on her as she gazed out the window. The dove sat for the longest time observing her but didn't dare fly down to visit the feeder.

rain on the patio And finally we did have some rain. Not too much but enough to freshen the air and the garden. It rained again during the night but the days are still warm.

And totally another topic: Today I was given a couple of homemade Cornish Pasties by my English friend Brenda who has been in the catering business for years and is known for her breads and pastries. They looked so lovely I took a photo and will print out one in colour for her. Don't they look good! (click to enlarge)

Brenda's Cornish Pasties Just a couple of random photos from today.
Hasta la vista!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

60 ~ Summer is Ending

grapefruit tree Here it is nearly autumn. The sun sits a little lower in the sky but the days are still warm and golden.

flower basketWe're waiting for some much needed rain which has arrived in torrential fashion to the Spanish mainland, where there is serious flooding.

green flower basketBut here in Canaries, we look at the sky, ask our old gardener if he can interpret any signs from the cloud formations, as most local people who have worked the land here are able to do, but with a glance skyward and a shrug of the shoulders he shakes his head. No, hoy no va llover. Quizás mañana. Not today, perhaps tomorrow.

garden viewSo we put the sprinkler again on the lawn and hose the dust from the car, then take a little walk around the garden with the camera and Bibi, our new Siamese cat.

bibi in sunlight The warm weather has caused her to moult, losing much of the dark brown hair on her back, exposing some of the lighter hair underneath, and in places looking almost like pale stripes.

mandevillaThe mandevilla blooms well at this time.

dried leaves We even have some dried leaves, but miss the autumn chill in the air that goes with raking them into a pile for the composter. The Madagascar Palm (Pachypodium Lamerei) is still putting forth white flowers on that one stem I photographed earlier.

Madagascar Palm Is this perhaps the last red rose of summer? In a few days it will be autumn, but the rose bushes are all putting forth new growth and many flower buds. It's not yet time for them to have a rest.

red rose bud

bougainvillae gate

palm seeds Hibiscus blooms most of the year; this one has just had a watering from the hose.

red hibiscus


garden basket The hedges are growing rapidly now we have cooler evenings. There is always something to prune or trim.

red geranium A blackbird sits outside my window, waiting for the doves to vacate the bird feeder. They seem to find it a convenient place to dine, much to the dismay of the smaller birds.

blackbird Yes I see you watching me. Now move out of the food tray and let the smaller birds have a chance please!

dove Well I guess I'd better go now and make our dinner. Hasta la vista!

Monday, September 7, 2009

59 ~ Dining in Tenerife

ensaladilla & croquetasEnsaladilla Rusa & Croquetas de Atun
(Russian salad & tuna croquettes)

(All photos will enlarge with a click.)

Eating out while living or holidaying in Tenerife is a pleasure, especially when one is familiar with the local cuisine, and knows what to look for.

Here are some well-known dishes which I've tasted and learned to love. Photos were taken in the restaurants where the food was served:

potage de verduras
gambas al ajillo
papas arrugadas The famous wrinkled salty potatoes are served with two mojo sauces:

Here a local fish is served with potatoes and green cilantro mojo
fish potatoes & mojo
Morcilla (Canary blood sausage with honey and almonds)
The well loved Canary mixed salad has everything in it:
ensalada mixtaEnsalada Mixta

Sopa de Pollo (chicken noodle soup) is a favourite here in most Canary restaurants, and usually comes with a green mint leaf floating in it.

sopa de pollo
Rabbit or goat is often stewed in Salmorejo sauce :
conejo en salmorejo Tuna or chicken croquettes served with garlic ali oli sauce and a red piquant mojo
croquetas & salsa
Another ensaladilla, made with potatoes, tuna, vegetables and mayonnaise:
3 scoops ensaladilla Chocos (squid)chocos Pimientos de Padrón, fried mini peppers from the north of Spain encrusted with sea salt

pimientas de padron

dorado Puchero Canario - a stew of several meats and chicken with vegetables. A meal in a dish.
puchero Gofio...the staple food of the Canary people made from toasted corn and grains and mixed with broth, milk or water.
gofio amasado
Chicken from the grill in garlic sauce

grilled garlic chicken The local wines are much appreciated, winning international prizes
chicken livers A serving of mixed salad
serving salad
sirloin & mushrooms Frangollo is a typical Canary dessert made from corn flour

frangollo Chocolate mousse, puddings and flans are seen in most Canary restaurants

chocolate pudding Here a flan with caramel swirls

And to finish off a meal, it's customary to have a cafe cortado leche leche. An espresso coffee with a bit of milk foamed on top and a dollop of sweetened condensed milk in the bottom of the cup! When it has a dash of Licor 43 or Tia Maria and cinnamon, along with a twist of lemon, it's called a barraquito.

cortado leche leche¡Buen Provecho!


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