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1 pack cherry tomatoes
1 pack endgame beans
2 boiled eggs
2 fresh avocados
Pasta spirals
1 pot pesto
Mayonnaise

Ate the LOT. Then Techy showed me some coconut biscuits, mmmmm.
 

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I was thinking of that cheerful Beckett play where they all live in dustbins after a nuclear exchange . . .

Anyhow, I have also been out on a Sunday bargain-hunt and came home with a good bag from the veg. department.

1 bag Chantenay carrots, 10p.
1 bag fresh curry leaves, 10p.
1 pack shiitake mushrooms, 10p.
1 bag chopped leeks, 10p.
1 pack = 2 big sticks rhubarb, 10p.
2 x bulbs fennel, 10p. and 28p.

The lady at the till noticed the anomaly in fennel-pricing and reduced it to . . . 10p!

None of these required a great deal of work to refresh and prep.

The leeks and one of the fennel bulbs are in the oven as a gratin with some olive oil, lemon and fresh herbs - from another raid.

It's ages since I had rhubarb and these big, blotchy stems reminded me of the home-grown type. I peeled them and spiced them. They are right good as pan-cleaners! I might add a crumble-topping but the stems have tenderized a treat and I don't want them to "fall."

Pick of the day was the mushrooms. Shiitake mushrooms often look dried-out and woody, at the best of times, in our shops. These were young ones and still very fresh! Sautéed in butter with a very little grated garlic and ginger, a few drops of Mirin, Takatori and Tamari Soy, they have made an ideal appetizer. I keep returning to the bowl, so there will be precious little left by suppertime! :)

To drink. I snapped up 2 bottles of Cune 2015 Rioja, since it was going for £2.99 a pop. Now I think I should have "invested" in more of it! :crazy:
 
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I normally only use Tesco's Finest or Morrison's Best Assam tea-bags, but ran out at Work today (Office @30C and 90% humidity). I went scavenging and found some organic (cynical marketing ploy playing on fear) Fairtrade (undercutting your fellow scratch-farmers through subsidies) bio-degradable (dissolves in water), unbleached (cardboard brown) tea-bags of indeterminate blend and vintage.
It was the best tea I've ever had. Dammit.
 

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If I buy a whole fish from Tesco - it is often a sole or plaice or a turbot - it is gutted.

Despite a lot of blood around the gills, today's whole "Yorkshire Trout" from Morrisons was entire.

I'm not squeamish about the process but it did lead to a sudden faff in the sink, as the oil was over-heating.

Luckily the thing was in good condition and proved to be the ideal breakfast - around 4.30 pm. :p
 

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One thing I've never tried is a pickled egg. Saw someone on TV eat one recently and thought You know, I might do some of those!

They are easy to make. You just hardboil some eggs, cool'em off, shell'em and lob'em in a jar of vinegar, what's difficult about that?
I could give it a go.
 

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One thing I've never tried is a pickled egg. Saw someone on TV eat one recently and thought You know, I might do some of those!

They are easy to make. You just hardboil some eggs, cool'em off, shell'em and lob'em in a jar of vinegar, what's difficult about that?
I could give it a go.
My local pub used to sell pickled eggs, i like 'em :)
 

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My local pub used to sell pickled eggs, i like 'em :)
Yup, I've often seen them in pubs. Never bought one because, well, I dunno!

I have a suspicion that I'll like them a lot when I do try them. Not having a sweet tooth, I'm drawn to sour and bitter things.*

*Like my first marriage.
 

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Quite possibly the most delicious breakfast ever.

Generations of Scottish families know it simply as, 'cheese and egg'!

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Essentially scrambled eggs with grated cheese melted therein. :)
 
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'Cap Columbie' was my fave for a long time - A nice robust, nutty, strong flavour.
Duly convinced, I decided on this.:

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It's not the smooth coffee I set out seeking advice upon, as an alternative to Kenco Smooth, which as mentioned I was finding slightly too bitter.

Nonetheless, it will adapt splendidly for now - superb and definitely one for first thing in the morning!.

I tried an experiment with a, 'double spoonful' and have stuck with that - first cup only though!

A wake-up call and then some... :freak:
 
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Duly convinced, I decided on this.:

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It's not the smooth coffee I set out seeking advice upon, as an alternative to Kenco Smooth, which as mentioned I was finding slightly too bitter.

Nonetheless, it will adapt splendidly for now - superb and definitely one for first thing in the morning!.

I tried an experiment with a, 'double spoonful' and have stuck with that - first cup only though!

A wake-up call and then some... :freak:
Just a thought, do you make your coffee with boiling water? If so it will make your coffee taste bitter, i always boil the kettle and leave it 5 minutes before pouring it over a metal spoon stood in my mug.
 
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Just a thought, do you make your coffee with boiling water? If so it will make your coffee taste bitter,
What an interesting point.

Yes, boiling water always!

Had a Google about this and the answer seems to be dependant on whether you are using ground coffee or instant, for example:

https://www.quora.com/Is-there-any-...over-instant-coffee-actually-burns-the-coffee

Seemingly it doesn't make a difference with instant coffee because the coffee beans are already, 'dead'.

So, I'm drinking, 'dead coffee' then?

Oh that's just terrific, now I have go buy a, 'proper' coffee maker.

Mind you, I see they are actually inexpensive and off to my local Argos thus appears to be imminent!
 

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Quite possibly the most delicious breakfast ever.

Generations of Scottish families know it simply as, 'cheese and egg'!

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Essentially scrambled eggs with grated cheese melted therein. :)
Had a bloke who used to bake a version of that in the oven using an enamel dish. He used the local crumbly cheese which gave a slightly granular texture. It was just delicious.

I've tried many times but couldn't make it like his. Met him again and asked him, and he said I was missing out finishing it under the grill.
Tried that, still not as good. :dunno:
 

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What an interesting point.

Yes, boiling water always!

Had a Google about this and the answer seems to be dependant on whether you are using ground coffee or instant, for example:

https://www.quora.com/Is-there-any-...over-instant-coffee-actually-burns-the-coffee

Seemingly it doesn't make a difference with instant coffee because the coffee beans are already, 'dead'.

So, I'm drinking, 'dead coffee' then?

Oh that's just terrific, now I have go buy a, 'proper' coffee maker.

Mind you, I see they are actually inexpensive and off to my local Argos thus appears to be imminent!
Ive made instant with boiling and 'off' the boil water and i can definately tell the difference, worth a little experiment :)
 

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Dry muesli.

Black Russian tea.
 
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