Wednesday 1 April 2020

Lockdown Shopping List

A previous pandemic shop.
Just back from a long walk up a hill, past lovely houses, down a country lane, past more lovely houses, and then along the nice side of the river back home. The Prime Minister may have found this excessive, but I'm sure it did wonders for our mental health.

This was our second outing today, for at lunchtime we braved Tesco together. This was my first normal shop for weeks. Hitherto I'd been popping in and out gathering odd assortments of tins and cleaning products. We had to stand in a queue a shopping trolley's distance and more from the lady in front of us, but it moved rather quickly.

Loo roll has returned, I saw, as has anti-septic soap. I got the last 12 ethical eggs; the rest were from battery hens, the horror. Anyway, I thought it would be fun for non-Scots to see what we got. B.A. said he was proud we got so many healthy things. I had been thinking that it was a very British haul.

The Lockdown List

2 bottles of red wine
box of tins of Indian tonic water
2 tins baked beans
2 tins cannelli beans
2 tins black beans
3 tins tomatoes
1 tin sweet corn
1 tin condensed milk (for Easter baking)
2 salmon fillets
2 sea bass fillets
2 duck breasts (for Sunday, a splurge)
bar of dark chocolate
box of oatcakes
2 aubergines (eggplants)
3 sweet peppers
2 lemons
2 limes
bag of onions
head of broccoli
2.5 kg of potatoes
Bramley apple (for Holy Week baking)
sweetheart cabbage
large bag of baby spinach
punnet of raspberries
loaf of Hovis "Granary" bread
2 bags of tortillas
12 medium ethical eggs
package of unsalted British butter
block of Cheddar cheese
2 pints of whole milk
jar of dried sage
jar of ground cinnamon
2 bottles of hand wash
2 rolls of paper kitchen towel
roll of clingfilm

TOTAL: £68.39

That should keep us going for some time. Apparently the government wants us to shop only once a week, presumably because grocery stores are points of contagion. However, don't tell Boris but I am going to make a daring trip this weekend to a Polish grocery. For some years I've made a Polish Easter breakfast, and I need both raw white kielbasa and fermented rye juice.

Update: On the other hand, risking B.A.' and my lives for soup is probably a dumb idea.

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