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.
I have been writing about it for years. But it’s only now, when I’m caught in the middle of it, that the full force of this injustice hits me. Like everyone else here I feel powerless, unstrung as I watch disaster unfolding in slow motion.
There’s a similar battle going on in Bedminster, about 3 miles from where we live. And Tesco will win. They always win.
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 …
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.
We 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).
As perlmonger said, “they don’t already?” .. well they do, but they are extending this to more than 60m worldwide customers. And they will continue to sell this data “in anonymous form” to the likes of Coca Cola and Unilver.