Here is the traditional Thanksgiving post where I detail how hard it is to get [fill in the blank] ingredient. I mostly don't worry too much about getting specific ingredients anymore. I just do my best. But every once in a while, "my best" involves looking for and then asking for weird ingredients at the local grocery store.
It's easy enough to get canned pumpkin here. It's just that it costs €4.50 per can. I bought one can and I plan to use it on this recipe.
That recipe also calls for cream of tartar. So today at Prisma, after looking for it myself for a while, and then asking a Finnish friend via messenger how to say it, I got to ask an employee for viinikivi. Cream of tartar is weird enough in English, but in Finnish it literally means "wine stone."
You guys, I felt like that prankster asking for a Mormon disco ball at Target. The employee gave me such a weird look and then called over a co-worker for help. She also had no idea what it was (let alone where it was). They were completely befuddled.
So I'll be making that recipe without wine stone. Let's hope it doesn't fail and waste €4.50 worth of canned pumpkin!