I keep reminding myself that Thursday is the best day to go to Woodman’s, Madison’s gigantic food emporium. The prices are as cheap as Wal-Mart, they’re not evil, and they sometimes have things such as:

Pig’s Ears! Pig Hock! Pig’s Feet!

All of which I splurged on today. Not that I think I can ever make a pig hock as well as Wah Kee Noodles, or a cold marinated pig’s ear as well as China Mama. In fact when it comes to making the food of my native land I am quite horrible. But I try!

But Lulu, you are really bad at it, is there any hope for you? It’s not my fault every single Chinese cookbook (actually published in China, not some American person’s interpretation of Chinese food cookbook) consists of recipes like “Parboil the meat. Saute with some soy sauce and rock sugar. Garnish with spring onions.”

When I finally get around to doing something with this stuff you can rest assured there will be METICULOUS DIRECTIONS.

I also bought some wonderful Yahara Bay Kirschwasser, after staring at it for a long time wondering whether “kirsch” is the same as “kirschwasser”. I don’t drink alcohol so these things bemuse me. However it’s the recommended secret ingredient of pastry chef David Lebovitz, used for keeping homemade ice creams and sorbets soft in addition to lending depth. I expect tonight’s strawberry sorbet to be epic.