Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Yesterday, King Faisal Rd Spinneys, 4pm

I found my precious canned pumpkin yesterday at the King Faisal Road Spinneys at 4pm. I was walking down an aisle that I did not expect it to be in, turned my head, and saw it. It was here:
among the chutneys and sauerkraut and random Indian powdered energy drinks and spices and coconut-derived products. (Seriously, zoom in on that picture and I promise you will never see a stranger conglomeration of products on a grocery shelf anywhere.)

I grabbed the one can that was there and held onto it for dear life because guess who else was wandering around Spinneys? Half a dozen other frazzled foreigners looking for obscure Thanksgiving dinner ingredients. There was a lady looking for cranberry sauce, one looking for those crispy fried onions, and one unlucky woman who had the unenviable task of describing canned yams to a hapless Spinneys employee.

"I'm looking for canned yams."


"No, YAMS. It's an orange sweet potato."

"Canned oranges?"

"No, YAMS..."

I knew it was just a matter of time until one of them started asking for canned pumpkin.

I tracked down an employee who was not already monopolized by one of my fellow foreigners and asked him if they had any more canned pumpkin (to stock up, you know). He said they did, and walked me right over to the appropriate shelf (not where I had found my can, by the way). And the canned pumpkin spot was empty.

I can't believe I stumbled across the last can of pumpkin by chance on a mistaken shelf. It's a Thanksgiving miracle! Now, that dessert I'm going to make with it had better be dang good.


Jen said...

Lucky break! Believe it or not, I have to stock up every year...and I live in Massachusetts. We invented Thanksgiving, for crying out loud! But the stores only have pumpkin from mid-october until the end of November.

(Do I recall correctly that you can get pumpkin year-round in Utah? Or is that an inaccurate memory of mine?)

JosephJ said...

Yes, miracle it is. I didn't think that the Mango/Saurkraut/chickpea/coconut milk/Passion fruit juice aisle would be the place to expect pumpkin... lucky you found a misplaced, can, that's for sure.

Though when you think about it, maybe pumpkin is tropical, thus belonging with the exotic foods?

My advice, measure twice, cook once. The general method works in other fields, I expect it works with precious food commodities also.

Jennifer said...

Yeah for pumpkin! May it be delicious!!

Jen, I can't speak for Utah, but I can get pumpkin year round here in CA. Not in the baking aisle like it is now, but there is always an obscure corner by the canned vegetables that makes me happy. I can send you some in June if you need it. :) That being said, it isn't on sale in June, so I have also stocked up. :)

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Lisa Lou said...

My heart did a little dance for you!! Happy Thanksgiving!

Susanne said...

I love the yam/ham/oranges dialog! :D

Glad you found canned pumpkin!

Rob and Sara said...

I'm so glad you found a can! Yay!

Aimee said...

Yay!!! I am so very happy for you! I am glad you found the canned pumpkin!! I definitely stock up, even though when I make my PIE (this year it will be Christmas pumpkin pie) I do prefer to roast the pumpkin. Even more exciting, I get to use one of our two garden pumpkins that we grew! The other one was a pumpkin soup last week! Good luck making your pie!!


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