|Cheap as chips, Corn Chowder.|
This led me to thinking about the sad loss of community whether it be your local bank manager, post office or the little corner shop where you could purchase 2oz of cheese or a couple of slices of bacon. Or, in my case, a wonky Christmas Tree one year for the princely sum of £5.
In addition, this year I have tried to support local businesses and avoided the chains even when eating out. This does make the organic route challenging in our corner of Kent but I am sure I won't start glowing in the dark if my diet isn't 100% organic and as you know from a previous post I am no saint when it comes to sugary treats that are certainly neither organic nor healthy.
So inspired by the craft club conversation, my love of community and the frugal bloggers out there who are undertaking the store cupboard challenge, I decided to forgo my 'big shop' at the supermarket this week and see if I could survive by shopping local and using my veg box in a more inventive manner. I remember Giles Coran once describing his compost as liquid gold because it was regularly fed the contents of his veg box. Lets just say I am as guilty with my lush compost!
On Friday the local butchers came up trumps with some plump chicken breasts and a wonderful chicken stew courtesy of Jamie Oliver was whipped up for our evening meal, followed by Chicken with Moroccan-spiced vegetables on Saturday which was preceded by the freshest, tastiest corn on the cob I have eaten in years purchased from the local green grocer.
|Chicken with Moroccan Spiced Vegetables|
Today a small piece of bacon is roasting away in the oven, enclosed in my vintage enamel bakeware and should provide today's meal plus sandwiches for tomorrow and Tuesday. The rest of the week we shall eat out of the freezer, since there are plenty of left-overs to finish off. Which brings me to the title of my post, a visit to our local farmers market this morning resulted in the purchase of a marrow for the tidy sum of 40p. It will taste great stuffed but boy it is a ugly creature and has no photogenic qualities at all but then again neither does raw chicken!
Have a great week xxx
20 something years ago, I used to be able to visit the butchers, bakers, green grocers, post office, florist, hairdressers, chemist and wool shop all on the same street a stone's throw from my house. Sadly, all that remains is the post office and hairdressers. Everyone now leaves our little island to go to the big supermarket over the bridge. Progress? You can keep it for me!ReplyDelete
Lovely post, and hope you enjoy your marrow, am sure it's beautiful really!
Love, Claire xxx
Exactly and where will we be in 20 years time if we continue as we are.Delete
Yummy pics. I'm interested to know what you stuff your marrows with. We make marrow curry with ours but I desperately need more marrow recipes! xxReplyDelete
I haven't a clue. My Mum used beef mince but I am not crazy about mince ie it has to be heavily disguised. I am going to do a little research and I will let you know.Delete
Mmm...Spiced Apple Cake - now I'm hungry! The chowder looks fantastically colourful, and healthy too. Hope the marrow turns out well!ReplyDelete
Thank you Alix. I have already eaten three pieces!Delete
What a yummy post! It all looks very tasty.ReplyDelete
Thank you Claire. It was indeed tasty and leftover soup for lunch today (taken at 5pm!) was both delicious and welcome.Delete
Just catching up with you on here!
I agree with all the shopping comments....
It is sad and I soo hate big supermarkets!
I have been saying for ages now that Tesco is taking over the world, haha and consumers are just falling for it!!
Love herbal teas and am partial to Neals Yard brews! delish xx
Have noticed we share the same devise to brew the teas and also the same pretty tea towel!
Have a happy week, love Maria x
Sad isn't it. When I think of many years ago stopping my milk delivery to save money when it was tight little did I realise what I would lose. I haven't tried Neals Yard brew might have to put some on my wishlist for Christmas.
Wow, you have been busy cooking up a storm, great as well that it is all local. We try and get a few things from our local butcher here and some things from the shop (though they don't stock everything we need unfortunately). My hubby is a manager for an organic veggie box scheme here so we get our local veggies for free..which is a bonus. I agree, marrow's are not very pretty :P They are great made into a chocolate zuchinni/marrow cake though (that does look more attractive and tastes really good as well!).ReplyDelete
Have a great day today x
Magie I have a courgette cake recipe that is quite nice but chocolate sounds lovely. Might be worth you posting that recipe. Great that you get your veg free and organic too. We have a weekly delivery from Riverford. They are really nice people but I think you find that when people care about their environment.