The store, ‘Arctic Ventures’ is the only one of our two local grocery outlets that carries much in the way of imported foods. When my wife and I first moved here to Iqaluit nearly twelve years ago the store carried a few Patak’s products but over the years they seemed to disappear and it was only on travels down south that we could get any of them. I was very pleasantly surprised, therefore, when I walked into the store a few weeks ago and saw a whole display with more Patak’s specialties than I knew existed. All of the products you can see in the picture are made by Patak’s except for the pre-packaged meals at the very top left and there is actually another shelf not shown which holds three varieties of Patak’s Pappadums.
I have done ‘Foodstuffs’ posts on two Patak’s products so far, namely their Hot Curry Paste and their Chili Pickle. Both were posted just after I first started writing this blog and I have been continually amazed at how often these post pages have been visited as a result of search engine queries, particularly in the case of the Chili Pickle. I think Patak’s makes some very nice stuff but I would never have expected them to spark quite so much interest. It also struck me as rather odd that our local store suddenly started stocking such a variety of Patak’s products with a month or two of my postings. I can’t think that there is actually a connection between the two but the coincidence is certainly remarkable.
Anyway, the a good deal of the newly appeared products are cooking sauces for making such dishes as Korma, Vindaloo, Roghan Josh and the like. I am not terribly interested in these as I much prefer to cook such things from scratch using my own ingredients. However, there were quite a few other things, in addition to the Pappadums, such as Masala pastes, pickles and chutneys and I actually bought a few items to experiment with. I’m not going to tell you what they are just yet, but I promise that, after I have had a chance to test them and consider the different ways they might be used, I will feature them in upcoming ‘Foodstuffs’ posts.