We sallied forth this morning to do a bit of shoppering – something we don’t necessarily enjoy, so we had several places to go. I wouldn’t say the weather was actually nice when we left, but by the time we got to Whiteladies Road, it was pouring. And neither of us had a jacket, a hat, or an umbrella. Soggy.
We started at Kitchens, where we purchased
- a new cheese grater. The Microplane snapped its plastic handle in half last week, and we thus declined to spend £17.95 (if you please) on a replacement, and instead bought a stainless steel one for eight quid
- 3 huge and 3 medium glass storage jars – the mission to Tidy The House continues
- a 12 bottle wine rack. For shoes. Yes, really. Works really well, and we don’t have much any spare floor space
From there we waded round the corner to Wild Oats, the health food place.
- two bottles of Teriyaki (two because they are tiny)
- some laundry balls – they’d better work, at 35 quid
- a sourdough loaf
- Ecover washing powder and dishwasher tabs
- no blackcurrant juice for perlmonger
In the greengrocer next door, I bought basil, mushrooms and carrots. I do very little greengrocery shopping these days, due to the Riverford box, but sometimes you gotta.
Then we hurtled over to Wai Yee Hong, the Chinese supermarket at Eastville, for
- dried orange peel
- 3kgs of bicarbonate of soda (great for cleaning)
- oolong tea
- fresh ginger
Next up, the Better Food Company at St Werberghs.
- Ecover fabric conditioner
- posh organic kitchen soap stuff
- unpasteurised cheddar
- no blackcurrant juice for perlmonger
- maple syrup
We had lunch there too – very nice pasta bake with roast peppers.
Last call was to Asda, to pick up
- some more of the nice plastic storage boxes we bought last week – I WILL organise this house if it kisl me. Which it probably will.
- turkey mince for Iggy, as he loves it so
- some raw tiger prawns, to be stir fried tonight with the aforementioned basil
- a nice little ceramic oblong dish, which will replace the one accidentally left on the gas (made a nice BANG when it exploded)
- waffer thin meat for the cats’ treats
- some cold meat for next week’s lunches, as I can’t be arsed to go down to Costco and buy a gammon, never mind cook it
We have to go out again in a bit to collect the wine from the offy, but that’s it, now – I’m in for the rest of the weekend.
perlmonger says he may go out on his bike tomorrow to Gloucester Road in a last ditch attempt to find the blackcurrant juice he likes, but I fear he might be better off tilting at windmills … and the forecast is very wet.
I nipped (or popped) up to the Local Shop* this morning – we needed potatoes and onions, and some shoop, as I didn’t get round to making any yesterday. and I needed to post a letter too.
And in that fine emporium, they had a single and solitary duck, on its sell by date, for £3.88. That duck is now MINE, and I’m very pleased that tonight’s LibDem Political Working Party meeting is cancelled, as now there shall be roast duck for supper.
I completely forgot to post the bloody letter, of course, despite it being in my hand; I brought it home again. And thus I have changed this post’s icon to a more suitable one.
*a Co-Op, and not at all bad.
e nipped (or popped) down to Costco to get some butter (their Beurre d’Isigny is very nice) and some kabanos, which perlmonger is very fond of for his luncheon.
Somehow, we emerged with a bill for £337 so, as you might surmise, there was a bit more in the trolley than we intended. So, in no particular order …
- a Roomba. We’ve been after one of these for a while, and they’ve finally come back onto Costco’s shelves. Shame perlmonger vacuumed the whole house yesterday, but with six cats I’m sure it’ll get a full workout soon,
- A copy of John Simpson’s latest book – I really enjoy his stuff
- an electric Shiatzu neck massager. No, it’s not for electric necks, no it’s nothing at all to do with a small dog. But it is wonderful, and I suffer from am achey neck,
- a pretty hanging basket for beside the front door – primroses and evergreen leaves
- two pairs of trousers for perlmonger
- 24 cans of Whiskas, some smoked Austrian cheese, a huge lump of gammon to make Nigella’s poor white trash ham for Harry’s party next weekend, some belly pork, some seeds (for eating, not growing), a jar of marmalade, and lord knows what else
We’re not fit to be let out really …
I popped (or nipped) down to Costco to purchase the huge hunk of cured pig that I always do for Friday night at Team Waste Summer Camp, our annual gathering at geoffcampbell‘s gaff (10 years this year – I can’t believe it). Here’s the recipe – it has no business working, but it does.
I came home with
- the aforementioned dead pig
- a 4Gb USB U3 memory stick, to try running Ameol as a portable application (see previous posts re server crashes etc)
- 2 large smoked Austrian cheese “sausages”
- 2 kgs of chicken thighs
- 1 kg of French unsalted butter
- a new dressing gown
- 6 bottles of wine
- the new Freya North paperback
- a pack of various smoked meats – chicken, duck, etc – will be nice for lunches this week, and
- 48 cans of cat food
- 16 part baked baguettes
Ho hum ..