Today, homemade, goat milk yoghurt (plus cow milk live yoghurt as starter) plus blackberries (as above)--goat-y, tasty, and a little less runny.
I always look at Treat of the Week in The Grauniad's colour supplement with interest and hope. Occasionally I'm boggled. The recipe a few weeks back that required a punnet of blackberries, for example: whoever knew that blackberries came in punnets? Double-layered plastic bags or a colander, maybe, but punnets? Doesn't that imply a financial transaction and, er, shops?
Last Saturday's treat was Sesame Ginger Halva, which I made yesterday. Highly recommended.
Acquiring tahini (and the absence of milk in the house) necessitated a visit to Tesco.
I HATE TESCO.
First off, earlier in the summer, the move began to "integrate" the organic products into the rest of the store, instead of having them coralled in several separate little sections (until Xmas last year the dry groceries were next to the refrigerated section so I only had to find milk and meat elsewhere--joy). This means far more hunting around and walking through the store instead of a quick nip around a small subset of locations where I can find everything.
Second, the process has been so protracted that it's meant even more hassle. Things have moved piecemeal, and their destinations have been shifted around too, which must have been just as annoying for everyone else using the store.
Third, during the move several items seem to have been "lost". The organic range has contracted: there's certainly less meat; only one brand of organic strong white flour (Tesco's own) instead of a choice of two or three. There's some things I just can't find, too: Kallo organic rice cakes, unsalted; organic tinned pineapple.
On the board of customers' comments there's a quote from one shopper saying they'd like the organic products shelved alongside the rest of the stock. So my idea of convenience may not have matched others' experiences. (I'm being charitable here and not giving in to the suspicion that the quote is a plant.) However, I wonder what the effect has been on their revenues. I've not quite stopped using it (it is virtually our corner shop): I'm buying meat on-line for the freezer now; I've never bought much fruit and veg there (the box scheme's been going longer than the store has existed) and at the minute we're harvesting our own stuff and benefiting from others' surpluses; I try to use local stores where I can. But currently, it's double clubcard points on all organic goods. Have other folk failed to find their usual purchases and gone elsewhere?
Ground Rice Under Fingernails
Ugh! 'Nuff said.
Also, what's happened to good old greaseproof paper? All recipes call for these days is baking parchment.
Is this some kind of class (note, that's a short "a" sound, none of this cl-arse-ss-ing around in this blog) thing? Is greaseproof paper somehow non-U? Or is baking parchment actually better. In a practical sense, that is. I'm sure it
thinksknows it's better.
Ventured into the
gardenjungle this morning and picked a bowl of blackberries and several bunches of elderberries (plus one large and exceedingly Pippi Longstocking-y spider). Baked and waiting for supper time is one apple, blackberry and elderberry crumble. However warm it may be today, I deem it to be Autumn.