Firstly, I would like to say my thoughts are with all those followers who have family and friends in Japan. We seem to be getting bad news far too often these days. Yet another natural disaster; they are happening worldwide at the moment.
Last week I went to the supermarket to see if I could get some fish, as stocks in the freezer were running low . We are both very fond of all kinds of fish and would happily eat it in preference to meat. When I got there, I was disappointed to find that there was almost no selection and nothing really of interest. I was about to walk away, when a couple who had been standing in front of me moved aside, and I saw a whole salmon marked down from £21 to £13. I snapped it up very quickly, as I realised that I could fillet it and cut it into steaks, much cheaper than I could buy them pre-cut. Salmon steaks here are now generally around £6 for two!!
On arriving home, I set to work and somehow I must have cut one side of the fish into slightly larger steaks than the other, as I ended up with 15 steaks!!! We had two the same night and I have frozen the remainder for Nigel to have when I return to France. It is one meal he finds easy to cook in a hurry and he never has a lot of time when he returns from work in the evening. I was really pleased with myself, as 15 pre-cut steaks would have cost me £45; what a bargain.
On Monday, Anne and I went to Oxford for the day. I seldom go there, as I shop locally rather than struggle to a town where parking is very expensive. We went on the bus and as I have a free bus pass, it seemed like a good idea :-). It was a fantastic trip, especially for me, as Anne knows her way around the town and took me to places I have never seen before. I took so many photos that I am going to need time to sort them all out and try to remember where they all were!! What I did think though, was as this post started out about fish, I would show you some of the photos I took which were connected with food.
These were all taken in the covered market, which is an absolute delight to walk around. Please note that some of these photos will not enlarge; Google is up to its tricks again!!
I did not buy any fish here, as I did not want to smell fishy going home on the bus!!!
This stand looked so fresh and colourful.
Mmmmmmm no comment!
Anne taking a look at the garden and flower section.
and Anne looking for Nigel's favourite French cheese
Well done Anne, she has found it - Fourme d'Ambert; Nigel was happy.
No, I did not buy any meat either
but I did buy some South African sausages here
Boerewors, which we had for dinner on Monday night with traditional pap (Maize or Mealie Meal) and sous (tomato and onion sauce) it was really yummy and an almost forgotten South African treat. We ate it with great glee and I forgot to take any photos!
If you want your shoes fixed here, is the traditional cobbler.
We also made a visit to the old sweet shop, where Anne spent a bit of money. I carefully kept my hand in my pocket, thinking of what would happen to the scales if I got carried away here! To see more on the sweet shop, Anne has some fantastic photos HERE
Chocolate spoons - yummy
I loved that tin in the centre
Need I say more; whiskey fudge!
and, last but not least, whirly pops!