On Sunday, my wife baked five fresh wild-caught whole porgy with olive oil, fresh lime juice, onions, tomatoes, sweet peppers and fresh garlic.
|Our side dish was cabbage sauteed with sweet peppers.|
Editor's note: Today, I discuss food shopping at H Mart in Little Ferry, ShopRite in Paramus and Costco Wholesale in Hackensack, and the meals you can assemble with ingredients from them.
By VICTOR E. SASSON
I never know what I'll find when I shop for fresh fish on the weekends at the H Mart in Little Ferry or how low the price will be.
On Sunday, I found whole porgy nestled in ice for only $1.79 a pound, and five of them rang up at $8.40.
While I waited for the fish to be cleaned and scaled, I chatted with other customers and went over to tables offering free seafood samples.
I also picked up nearly 2 pounds of Gaichoy or Baby Mustard Greens on sale for only 78 cents a pound with a store card.
Today, my wife prepared them for dinner with olive oil, chopped fresh garlic, sea salt and Organic No-Salt Seasoning, all from Costco Wholesale.
The Korean supermarket at 260 Bergen Turnpike in Little Ferry also sells a wide array of dried seafood, above and below, and I expect many of them are for use in soups or stews.
Customers can only hope H Mart management will decide to renovate what is the shabbiest store in the chain.
ShopRite in Paramus
At ShopRite in Paramus on Tuesday, I bought a large Golden Pineapple for $2.99, and two 15-ounce containers of Smart Balance Light Spread made with Extra Virgin Olive Oil on sale for $2.99 each, a discount of 60 cents.
Smart Balance has gone on sale for as little as $1.89 with a store card, but I haven't seen that repeated in many months.
The 40-ounce bottle of Victoria Marinara is $8.49 at the Paramus ShopRite, 224 Route 4 east, but you can get two 40-ounce jars of the same sauce for $8.99 at Costco Wholesale on South River Street in Hackensack.
A big breakfast omelet stuffed with smoked salmon and spinach, served with leftover organic brown rice and broccoli, allows me to skip lunch.
This morning, I prepared an organic whole-egg omelet with salted fish, fresh spinach and Mateo's Gourmet Salsa, the last from Costco Wholesale, above and below.
|The omelet is ready to be folded.|