I was back in the neighborhood again and stopped by MidEast to correct my mistake of not buying the baklava and the pickles last time. (link below)
However, instead of Mason jars filled with housemade eggplant pickles, the case was fully of red-violet quart jars of pickled turnips. I inquired about them, and the sweet woman asked if I'd had hers before. When I shook my head "no", she said she wanted me to taste them first. She cracked open a jar and offered me two chunks on a paper napkin. These were firmer than imported brands I've had and less salty too. The natural pepperiness and juicy crunch of the turnip came through more directly in this homemade product. They glowed with love. I was sold at $4.50 per quart.
I also picked up a flat of baklava. She told me she'd just made them. They're $1 per piece. The fresh-baked phyllo was quite crackly, and use of butter and syrup was moderate. They're dusted with pistachios on top and the filling has chunks of walnuts rather than finely ground bits. Until now, I thought I preferred the heavily buttered variety, but there's something to be said for a leaner and less wet style.
There was no baba ganouj today, something I'm anxious to try from this sweet woman's hands. I'll have to go back another time to see what other goodies she'll make.
MidEast Deli & Grocery
4128 Bay Street