After going on and on about the dried herbs and the fried eggplants and the kashk, it is now time for me to list what I would miss most from the Canadian supermarket, should I decide to head home. These items cannot be found in a regular grocery store in Tehran. And I mean regular- I am not talking about the fancy market in Behjatabad which sells jellied horse hooves and Thai pompadoms at the price of their father’s blood, as we say.
1-Maple and brown sugar instant oatmeal. Also, apple and cinnamon. I discovered these in our office kitchen- they make good breakfast- at least, I am not feeling hungry when I step out of the door, unlike most other breakfasts except eggy ones which I don’t do anymore. Instant oatmeal is warm, it’s good for your hair, it tastes comfortable. I never liked the feta cheese which most Iranians fetishize (sorry- couldn’t resist) anyway.
2-Rasberry red wine vinegar. The bottle is so lovely that anything out of it would taste good. I also have a weakness for malt vinegar. For soaking french fries.
3-Lobsters. Both dead and alive. Lots of fun.
4-Smoked salmon– either the black pepper or the variee kind.
5-Different sorts of curly colourful lettuces.
6-Cheap plentiful noodles.
7-Real cheese. Oh, what a blessing to be free from the omnipresent, evil dairy company Kalleh, who sold cheese-flavoured edible plastic to me for several years!
8-Frozen yogurt. My favourite flavours are: Mandarin Swirl, and Chocolate and Moccachino Swirl.
I’m sure there are some more, but these are the ones which are looming large on my grocery bill for now.
Ah yes- how could I have forgotten the blueberries! They’re funny fruits! Also avacadoes. I don’t understand when we now have mangoes and pineapples regularly in Tehran greengrocers, we can’t have avacadoes too?