|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