Here in the US, yesterday was Father's Day.  When I asked Pk what he wanted for dinner, he said "Sausage".  Now, to be fair, he says Sausage most times when I ask him what he wants for dinner.

This time, however, he was ready.  One of his co-workers is Ukranian and told him about a market where we could get SAUSAGE and lots of it.  So we went there on Saturday morning (we had a backup plan for dinner if the sausage thing didn't work out but no worries).

Bell's Market was an adventure.  The left half of the store is a seemingly average grocery store but then you go through to the other side and it's like being transported to Eastern Europe.

The packages are no longer labelled  in English and most of the people are speaking something other than English.  It was so much fun.  We were trying to identify items by the photos on the package. 

And yes, we got sausage.  Six different kinds. This is one of them.  I think this one was not one of the smoked ones.  It had to be steamed before it went on the grill.  We also got some cheese.  It's all very smokey and strongly flavored but interesting. 

I also bought some dumplings from a large freezer where you took a scoop and put them into a bag.  They were labelled, "russian dumplings.  Meat, Chicken, Pork".  I'm not sure what "meat" means and probably don't want to know.  I cooked them and let them cool and dressed them with some olive oil, garlic and lemon and they were delicious.

Kate and Em and Jim came for dinner and we had a good time trying the different foods.  It makes me laugh since Kate not only tried the sausages, but ate a Rambutan (the hairy fruits we got at Produce Junction?) as well.  The child who only ate mac and cheese, pizza and spaghetti.

Kate and I also discussed the difference between a Father and a Dad.  I have a Father, she has a Dad.  I love the fact that they all have Father/Daughter days with Pk and he enjoys them as much as the girls do.

Oh, and I forgot the bread.  When we bought the Black Baton and the Lavash with Feta, they were still warm from the oven.  It was all I could do not to rip open the bags and eat them in the car on the way home.  They were amazing.  I am so looking forward to going back to this store.

Pk spent his day just the way he likes.  He went to the flea market early in the morning and then came home to brunch of scrambled eggs and Lavash with blueberry/strawberry crepes and whipped cream.  He took a nap and then dug out a garden bed to put in the mushroom soil we ordered a few weeks ago (and is sitting under a tarp on the driveway since it's been raining steadily since then).

The girls left and we had some time to just relax before pulling things together for work today.  I worked on my red socks.  This red yarn is some that Pk chose for me a while ago.  Originally it was going to be Bayerische socks but I hated working the pattern so I pulled out 1 1/2 finished socks and decided on this Simple Lace Sock from an old issue of IK.  It doesn't look like much until you put it on.  It's an easy ssk lace pattern and looks really good in this yarn (I think it's Louet Gems).  There is no halo/fuzziness to obscure the pattern. 

I like this quite a bit.  This is not the best photo and when they're finished, I'll take a better one.  It's easy enough to carry on a conversation and knit at the same time.

Other than that, things are quiet.  We are getting ready for the slow, hot days of summer and planning for Em and Jim's wedding.  The latter is not occupying much time since we are not intimately involved in the planning.  I hope to start the dress this week if the humidity cooperates.  It's hard to work with the satin if I'm sweating all over. 

Work is busy but satisfying and I guess I can't ask for much more than that.  Happy Monday all.


Galad said…
Sounds like a wonderful Father's Day, of course with all that sausage, how could it not be?

Saren Johnson said…
What an awesome sounding market.
Roxie said…
The sock is beautiful! And it sounds as if PK had the perfect day. You guys are so good to one another.

We have Ukranian friends, and the food is fascinating. The pastries are awesomely rich and the main dishes really stick to your ribs! They have truly wonderful teas, too.

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