Friday, February 08, 2008

Another Friday in Jaffa

Wandering through the Jaffa Flea Market this morning I couldn't resist taking this picture of a daddy & his daughter. I stood watching them for about 5 minutes. Daddy was in constant movement, making wonderful faces just so he could watch his daughter laugh.

Of course, being Friday it was also shopping day here in Israel.

After 11 years living here I still haven't managed to figure out why Israelis seem to shop on a Friday as if the shelves were going to be bare for the next 6 months. At the grocery stores shopping carts are filled well past overflowing, which would be normal for a family of 8, but when it is a 21 year old girl with a baby at her hip, you know she hasn't had time to do the bunny act to that extent. And it is not like she is planning on having a party.

I checked out one woman's cart and we are talking 4 loaves of bread, a dozen pita, 12 each of about 6 different flavours of yoghurt, white cheese (which is sort of like baking cheese) 3 jars of chocolate spread, about 2 kilos of yellow cheese (which is used the way North Americans use processed cheese), 4 kilos of tomatoes, about the same of onions, potatoes and carrots, 3 bags of rice, crackers, cookies, 5 chickens, 3 kilos of chicken schnitzel (pounded chicken breasts), 12 2-litre bottles of water, various soft drinks to the tune of 6 or 7 bottles, a couple of k's of bourekas, 1 head of lettuce, and a few litres of sunflower oil, 2 or 3 k's each of sugar and flour, a couple of packs of Huggies and of course 3 or 4 tins of Materna baby food. And you see the same woman doing the same shop week after week after week.

My shopping is alot more modest than that. This weekend I bought 6 shrimp, a tilapia, a head of lettuce, 3 cucumbers, some green onions, a kilo of jasmine rice, 3 turkey wings, a bottle of gingerale and some strawberries. The plans are: grilled fish and salad for dinner, and a batch of jook/congee to combat the cold for the rest of the week, and fresh strawberry ginger jelly.

I did treat myself to some masabaha though. After all, it was Friday...

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