Friday, May 08, 2009

I wanted...I bought...I made

Spaghetti with courgettes and fried breadcrumbs

Deeply tempted to buy more pies for lunch Saturday - suspect the man may well be in accord with me on that one. In fact we had slices of toast topped with grilled red peppers (from a jar) topped with the other half of the morcilla fried topped with a fried egg for one of the best breakfasts I have ever eaten. Ever. So then we just had a peanut butter sandwich for lunch. Might try again for spare ribs and have them Saturday night Asparagus becasue it is irresistable with jersey royal potatoes that the nice man at the Real Food Show gave me and prosciutto which though really good was perhaps a little strong with the other elements. Sunday we are out in the evening so might do proper Sunday lunch ...might. Did! Slow roast shoulder of pork with new potatoes and buttered spring cabbage. Lovely. Monday I think ham hock with leeks and new potatoes so very good, Tuesday the ever delayed lamb casserole no no but lentils topped with a poached egg, Wednesday some pasta chinese - ma po tofu, pepper and black beans over rice that was very tasty and Thursday frittata and salad no eggs left so it was pasta with zucchini and fried bread crumbs. Yum. Friday we are seeing Peer Gynt and so we can have a little Japanese beforehand. And somehow I need to get some asparagus in there!

Oh. My. God. Ginger Pig has been transformed in the last week from a slightly shabby circle of chiller cabinets to a shiny shop of new things that now opens on the front of the market rather than off to one side and with one counter directly into the market. Looks great but the butchers are still getting used to it I think - they seemed to be tripping over each other a little but cheerful as ever. Bought a piece of pork shoulder on the bone to slow roast Sunday morning then lunches till Wednesday while we are out at the cinema. It has slightly wrong footed the man that the plan was to see the early session of Star Trek - definitely more his kind of film than mine but it had such a slaveringly good review in the Guardian I figured it would be a treat for him. Was better than I was expecting. £12.80 for the pork.

At Booths I bought bananas, cucumber, cornish new potatoes, spring cabbage, parsley, carrots, sugarsnap peas, beetroot but no tomatoes as they had some unripe english ones and some glow in the dark dutch ones and I was fairly sure neither would bring me joy - £9.20

Over the other side I bought some coarse mince freezer and eggs rhubarb cakes, one breakfast and one dinner from Lizzie at Wild Beef who was very excited to be off the New York Sunday for 3 days to go to her daughters graduation - whirlwind! £9.50

Liked the bread last week from Rhodes so this week bought a small sourdough - £2.50

Parma ham from Gastronomica £4.50

Coffee at Monmouth £10

Strawberries smoothies Sunday and Monday from Chegworth and an apple juice to keep us going - £4.50

Asparagus from New End Farm who are there just for the season and last week's was very good indeed - £3.30

Peppers from Tony - £1

Pasta, yoghurt, cream and milk from Neals Yard - £11.50

No brownies - am thinking of making rhubarb muffins... spent £68.80 and also needed rice, tofu, butter, onions and a superior loaf of bread from St John which we had with ham and leeks Monday and with lentils Tuesday and the other half nestles in the freezer


Angie said...

I love English asparagus and JR's. We often have smoked pork loin with ours (when I can get it) otherwise common old pork loin has to do.

bron said...

OOooooh pork loin sounds good. Particularly smoked.

Sophie said...

ooo... i am a tofu super fan! sigh. i want the mapo tofu soooooo badly right now. with rice.

Here I bought a sauce pack so as to skip all the seasonings! and i will try this friday after work.