- lemon grass
- red lentils
- green lentils
- pine nuts
- dried mushrooms
Bit of a pun there, to start you off. Except it almost wasn't a good idea because I had a moment when I couldn't decide if Liszt was spelled Liszt or Lizst, but Mr Google soon sorted THAT one out. But I very nearly gave up and titled today's post 'Shopping List' instead. Aren't you glad I persevered?
Anyway, move on. In the spirit of supporting Andy with shifting back the weight he has put on (although I have reminded him that he is STILL a goodly 3 stones lighter than he was, just so he isn't totally miserable about the whole thing) I constructed a shopping list according to the collection of new recipes we are going to try in order to obtain a hip, happening and healthy diet. We already, in my opinion, eat healthily - we don't half get through fruit 'n' veg and we don't 'do' things like ready meals - but we both agreed that maybe it would be a good thing to broaden our repertoire of recipes and this necessitates the addition of different store cupboard basics.
The list, then, looked something like this:
Millet? Isn't that what budgies eat? Well, yes - that is what I thought, but then look at budgies. Hips of a racing snake (to quote the much missed Sir Terry Wogan) that's what budgies have. Must be the millet.
And then I had to restock several spices because I had given the existing stock a good clear out before we moved and our usual eclectic supply was sorely lacking. We also stocked up on noodles, bean sprouts, veggie stock cubes and various pulses and beans. And air freshener. (Not! I was joking!! It's summer, so the windows can stay open.) Andy got some chicken and fish, too, in order to bulk cook a couple of his Hairy Biker recipes and pop 'em in the freezer for those carniverous moments, or when I shall be eating something disgusting like quinoa, cous cous or anything else deemed too vegetably.
The usual supermarkets supplied most of the weirdness of our list, but we were scuppered when it came to the buckwheat and the millet. Obviously these items are too avant garde for your average shopper. Too niche. Too eccentric. Luckily, we have a wholefood shop in Market Drayton, so off we trotted there, hope in our hearts, anticipation in our bowels.
Why do wholefood shops smell so...odd? They have their own peculiar odour, like churches and primary schools. It's not unpleasant; just a bit brewer's yeasty. Anyway, the chap behind the counter leapt forth to locate for us the buckwheat and the millet. 'Do you want grain or flake?' said he. 'Roasted or plain?' Who knew there were so many options? I played it safe and went for plain grain, guessing that the flake options were probably for cereal purposes and we wanted them for cooking. No way was Mr Wholefood going to catch ME out! Ha!! I went for it with bold confidence. 'Plain grain,' said I, like I knew what I was talking about. 'Are you sure?' said Mr Wholefood, narrowing his eyes like he was John Humphries on Mastermind. 'Yes!' said I, continuing the boldmentum. He seemed satisfied, did Mr Wholefood, that I was an old hand at buying weird food and so he turned his attention to Andy's cat bite which is still a bit of a giveaway because of the bandage and sling combo. Eventually, we got away and went home to do some weeding and plant out the squashes as I'd got myself organised on the slug repellent front.
The kitchen cupboards, the fridge and the freezer are now packed to the hilt with wholesome goodness. Hopefully, they'll turn into something that'll taste yum and not of cardboard. Tonight, we start with this...
...spinach and new potato curry with coconut. I think I need to brace myself before using the buckwheat and millet.
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