2010年5月29日土曜日

the giving thing (again)

Friday I made carrot cupcakes. I'm trialing recipes for my cooking class. Have I mentioned what a tough job that is? Eating cupcake after cupcake, no end in sight... sigh..... Anyway, deciding that it really would be best to try and avoid eating all the cupcakes I bundled some up and took them to neighbour A and neighbour Y. Feeling good about having slightly lessened my karma debt in the great game of giving and being given I came home to have a coffee... and maybe just one more cupcake...

Went to my senior women's class... and came home with a big container of pickled soybeans (actually really yummy) and a bag of soy caramelised butterbur (not really my thing but the rest of the family loves it).

Got home and neighbour K dropped in 6 massive bunches of asparagus. They were all wiggly or curved or in some way not-perfect and she can't sell them. Yum. We love asparagus but 6 big bunches is a big ask so I took half over the road to neighbour Y.

Went to my afternoon class, picked up the girls and came home to find neighbour A on my doorstep. Her daughter works after school in the meat section of a fancy department store. She brings home the meat they didn't sell. It has to be used that day. neighbour A handed me a bag of three kinds of chicken. All at 3-4 times the price of the chicken I buy. Wow. And I have to cook it all tonight....

Getting ready to sit down to dinner (chicken of course) and the doorbell rings. It's Brazilian friend T. Haven't seen him for ages. He owns the broiler factory we got our last lot of chickens from. He's a friend of neighbour A and a really nice guy. He's carrying a huge crate of eggs. He hands me a layer- 40 eggs. Yup, 40. And there's no chance of offloading some on the neighbours as he's giving 40 eggs to them, too... Some mistake with his egg supplier and he has way too many eggs to turn into chickens. Give him some carrot cupcakes and cornbread (yesterday's but he lives alone so I'm sure even day old cornbread will be a treat). Call my boss whose teaching in the village tonight hoping to catch her before she heads back to the city. Does she want some eggs? Yes? Great! Carefully cut the cardboard carrier in two and send her home with 20 eggs for her and the other teachers.

This morning I woke up and was getting ready for the primary school yard cleaning event when the doorbell rang. At 6:40. That's why we don't do the electronic chime thing! It was neighbour K with not one but two dishes of butterbur. She made lots thinking her son was coming home for the weekend and he's not. Could we eat it? Hmmm does it go with eggs?

Working in the garden in the afternoon and the rock man hooned up on his scooter. The rock man lives next to the big field neighbour A and I farm. He was a Japanese style gardener/ buyer and seller of decorative rocks before he retired. He has an amazing garden. He also has an amazing ability to sound condescending when discussing gardening with mere mortals like me. On the step through of his scooter he has a bucket of seedlings.

"Oi! You can plant these out the front. They're pretty. They're easy to grow."

"Thank you."

Come inside for dinner and sit down to omelettes, asparagus, butter bur three ways and cold chicken salad. I am way back in the minuses on my giving karma balance but what a spread!

3 件のコメント:

Gaijin Wife さんのコメント...

Is this a normal day in the giving and receiving stakes? How tiring trying to keep up with it all - but very entertaining. I have no idea what butterbur is but??

thefukases さんのコメント...

butterbur sounds way more exotic than regular old fuki don't you think?

And it was a pretty heavy day gift wise but not unheard of. Once we hit the summer veggie glut season it gets ridiculous.

It's actually not necessary to keep track of which I like. You accept it, say thank you and it's done. Everyone is giving away their excess so they're just glad you take it. It's like pass the parcel though with stuff going from this house to that and then being shared over the road etc etc.

illahee さんのコメント...

oh man, i think it was triple your karma weekend. you give, and get back triple!