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April 29, 2014

I’ve had a few blips over Easter where I’ve gone to the supermarket and tried not to beat myself up about it. It gives me a sense of guilt and also disappointment. We also spend and buy more than we need – even though we’re aware of ALL the tricks.

However, there are certain things that I either can’t get anywhere else or are so prohibitively expensive that my only choice is to go to the big boys! Chocolate was one such thing. I didn’t want high end, hand made chocolate – just ordinary plain and milk. After I’d stocked up I found a new stall on our local indoor market (which sadly is declining with more and more empty stands) with large Cadbury bars for £1 and Bournville for a bit more, so if he keeps going I know where to go now.

Chocolate

Chocolate

I’m back on the River Cottage Veg recipes and as they use a lot of herbs that’s another thing I’m struggling with. I’ve now got Rosemary, mint, parsley and chives in the garden and I’m hoping to get dill, coriander and thyme as the weather improves.

Fresh herbs

Fresh herbs

Ready made Filo and Puff Pastry is also so handy – Filo in particular to top a pie or make a samosa.

The fresh yeast at 1p or 20p is also much appreciated since the local baker began to charge varying amounts dependent on his mood!

But we’re back on it and last week had a great farm order delivered and topped up at another local farm shop. We spent less and eat better it just takes a little more planning.

Today I’m off to Milton Keynes at the invitation of Neff and ao.com for a food bloggers gathering with Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite to cook up some “Afternoon Tea Delights” so more on that soon.

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2 Comments
  1. April 30, 2014 8:45 am

    I’m struggling with my herbs in the garden. Even my mint died… that’s supposed to be invincible!! I’m so interested in your farm shops, how did you come across it? 🙂

    • April 30, 2014 9:49 am

      Being in a market town you’d think we’d have good produce at independents there but no – a fairly mediocre market stall – so I tried a couple of home delivery veg boxes before finding Northern Harvest – they have grown enormously and can now deliver lots of things mostly from the North West as well as there own produce.
      Then not too far away we have two excellent farms with shops – one with their own butcher. Both they and a shop in a nearby village also have a fish van that visits (just once a week).
      The things that are difficult away from the supermarket are like Pepsi Max, special sugars, or specialist flavourings, chocolate – at reasonable prices.
      J
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