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who pays for the 2 for 1 offers?

When you go shopping in a supermarket, and fall upon those “two for the price of one” offers, I’m sure you are delighted at the bounty of Tesco et al. But think again.

Big supermarkets are appalling for suppliers to deal with, and due to their purchasing power, there are very few other markets. Read more in the Guardian. This is one of the reasons I try not to use supermarkets, although it becomes increasingly difficult.

[edited to add] The comments are pretty bloody depressing too.

do people buy this stuff?

do people *buy* this stuff?

I went to Asda – I hate it, but I needed some fizzy water and some shampoo, and some wafer thin meat for the cats.  I shouldn’t go round the aisles, really; it just makes me cross, and astonished.

I can understand people buying a cake – hell, I’ve done it myself.  I can understand people buying frozen Yorkshire puddings. I guess, although how hard is it to add an egg and some milk to flour and whisk it up?

But I don’t understand why people buy a mix and cook it – either buy the stuff ready to eat, or make it from scratch. I bet you could buy an Asda sponge cake for £1.98.  Perhaps it’s just me …

duck soup

photo by Eberman @ Flickr
photo by Eberman @ Flickr

I boiled up the duck carcass – Pete was a hero and stripped it down afterwards; it’s a job I hate. A surprising amount of meat came off it.  And there was, of course, a lot of duck stock.

I had deliberately cooked extra veg with the duck on Monday (carrot and leek in vegetable bouillon, since you ask) and had saved that in a box in the fridge.  I put that, the rest of the fresh carrots (they needed using up) and a leek in the Magimix and whizzed them up.  I sautéd this veg mix gently in my big soup pot for about 15 minutes, then poured the stock on top and left it overnight.  I added a little of the remaining duck meat, shredded very fine.

Put some butter beans to soak in water overnight, and then put them in the stock pot this morning, set it over a very low light, and it was ready for lunch.

rye bread, finished articleWe had it with some rye bread, which was utterly gorgeous. Just as well, as the stuff took three days to make … (not full time, obviously, but toing and froing with starters and stuff).

indian vegetarian meal

[no photo – sorry]

Pete brought a huge bunch of coriander home from the Indian supermarket on Saturday.  We had some with a vegetable tagine, some with sour pork with rhubarb, but there was still a reasonable wodge left.

We have lots of spuds to eat too, as the rain got through the shed roof and into the sack, and I don’t know how long they’ll last.  So …

We had:

  • Madhur’s potatoes with ginger and garlic
  • basmati rice, cooked with cinnamon and black cardamon, with a big mushroom chopped up to make a sort of pillau
  • a small tub of lentils and spinach that I found lurking in the freezer at the weekend

We sprinkled a lod of coriander over it all.  A feast fit for anyone, for peanuts.  The potatoes are utterly lovely – highly recommended.

Tesco: Nothing will stop them …

“Tesco has been accused of using underhand tactics after it used a local retailer to “front” a planning application for a massive supermarket development.

The application for an 80,000 square foot store in Barnstaple, Devon, was submitted in the name of local retailer Brian Ford’s, despite Tesco having acquired the independent retailer a year earlier.

No mention was made of Tesco’s involvement in the scheme, which will, if permission is granted, be built on the site of the existing Brian Ford’s store.”

From The Telegraph.