Sadly, that was predictable, not just in France but just about everywhere, in countries where alcoholic beverages are normal and others (Muslim countries and much of India) where they are strictly illegal. It is a very serious problem. The massive protests agains feminicide and EXTREME violence against women were not the creation only of radical feminists. Women's rights have greatly advanced over a century but it is tragic that this is still such a grave problem.
We had a surprisingly good dinner of Ahi tuna (yellowfin). I seasoned both sides and plopped it in a hot cast-iron frypan with a mixture of melted butter and olive oil. Three minutes on each side, then sliced across the grain to reveal a pink center in each slice. Served with baked macaroni and cheese and Brussels sprouts with butter.
The piece of ahi cost only $4.99 and there’s enough left for a second meal! Cheaper than a Big Mac!
Fumobici, I haven't heard an explanation from the Powers-that-Be why they locked down alcohol sales but I can only surmise that if available it would encourage the hard drinkers to buy only alcohol and no food for the wife and kids. Millions of men ( virtually no women) get utterly sozzled from Friday night pay day to Sunday night when they have drunk it all. We have a permanent painter, a welder and general dogs body, who are weekend drinkers and from time to time have to be sent home on a Monday. Alcohol causes fights to break out and terrible abuse. I can imagine that happening sans alcohol as withdrawal symptoms get worse! It's you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't. Then of course we have the ever available 'Shabeen' which is highly illegal and charges three times the price. They must be coining it.
Cigarette sales have risen more than 30% in France due to the impossibility of crossing the various borders to buy them cheaper and also the disappearance of contraband sales (from Bulgaria, Morocco, Turkey) on the sidewalks of the big cities.
You have reminded me that we encountered a vigorous salesman at the bottom of the stairs of the Barbes Rochechouart metro stop plying his trade in cigarettes for all his worth. Only thing was we did not understand what he what shouting out…..of course not as it had to be in French!
Today I left my house for the first time. My husband drove us up to the village of Hilton where there is a fish shop I often frequent. I found out they were opening today for a few hours so placed my order and ordered some medium sized soles, some large hake fillets and lastly some rainbow trout. We did not even have to get out of the vehicle. The owner put the fish in the container on the back of the truck and I passed her the money through a small opening in the window. She was masked to the hilt and all gloved up. We sprayed all with disinfectant before putting in the freezer. I'm tired of meat at the moment so this will be a nice treat in the coming weeks..
Kimby, I had to go to my nice local market yesterday for the same reason. If we're staying home in order to stay healthy, fresh produce seems crucial. Last week I got an order from WalMart delivered with stuff like dog food, cleaning products, kleenex -- all that supermarkety stuff without having to go to the supermarket.
Bixa if only it was fresh but only frozen fish at the moment. Never mind tho, the quality was excellent. I aim to grill some soles tomorrow and serve up with mash and some Swiss chard out of the garden.
We had a nice piece of halibut last night. Usually too expensive, but for some reason it was on sale: 30% off. (Still twice as pricey as the ahi, so I brought some of that home, too.).
The halibut was as good as I remember. Brushed with olive oil and seasonings and baked in the oven, while ears of corn - the first “fresh” ones of the season (local corn won’t be ready till August) - simmered on the stove. Life is good.
I love halibut. Lots of things I do just for the halibut. I have a good supply of frozen fish fillets. I'm lucky to have a little greengrocer just at kitty-corners to our places. They aren't the cheapest place but make 1$ baskets of slightly rumpled fruit and veg rather than discarding it. None of this is rotten or horrible. This shop exists above all for local chefs (their restaurants are shuttered except for those who do takeaway or delivery).
They aren't the cheapest place but make 1$ baskets of slightly rumpled fruit and veg rather than discarding it.
It is so wonderful when places do that. Throwing away stuff raises the prices for everyone! Piticó, a local convenience grocery chain, routinely does that, even to the point of offering cut up produce. So much better to cut off & discard the bad portion of a vegetable than to throw the whole thing out & raise prices to cover the loss.
Our growers do that too, and some even grow an "extra row" of their products, but it is also important to remember people on tight budgets but who aren't actually homeless or qualify for food banks.
Other initiatives are important too. I've volunteered for a food bank here, and the immigrant mums were experts in using every last edible bit, but a group that suffers from food deprivation is men of a certain age who are unemployed or living on small pensions who simply never learned to cook (fortunately younger men here are not at all like that, overall). In my neighbourhood we also have a collective kitchen that does encourage member participation but also provides a nutritious and tasty lunch to everyone who meets their income and (local)residency criteria.
I don't want to suggest that all men of a certain age are like that! But this was a finding among local community groups in our neighbourhood. And the lunchroom breaks down social isolation.
I'm having Vietnamese nems (fried spring rolls) tonight because their date is approaching. I must savour them even more than usual because my Chinese supermarket has decided to close for at least two weeks. And the Turkish grocery store next door to my flat (Istanbul Oriental) has done the same, which is increasing the entry queues to the 'normal' supermarkets.
I don't know why these decisions have been made but I would venture to say 1. insufficient staff 2. insufficient customers 3. insufficient deliveries.
got home late and hungry, so just quickly threw together random ingredients - the last two tortillas, put some curry paste on them, some cranberries and cashes, and cheese, and warmed it in the microwave, and then put some sour cream on it. actually tasted not bad.
Kerouac could it not be some unknown religious thing to do with Easter?
Yesterday I rang the butcher trading inside a supermarket close to us - actually the man told me I was 750m away according to his GPS. He delivered my meat order right to the gate. I particularly wanted his meat as he does air-dried aged beef and I was longing for a nice juicy rib-eye steak. So that's on the menu today!
We also went and picked up groceries from our regular Spar shop and had to go through the spray everything stage before packing away. My husband was astonished at the crowds shopping - lots of old fogies and not a mask between them. Why jeopardise catching the virus and either dying from it or passing it on to others that stay with you?!
as i am done with fasting now, i want some meat tonight. if the shop downstairs is open, i might get some steak with fries (as that is my neighbour's place, so he is the one i most want to support right now, also his steaks are nice and it is better to get one when a. isn't here, else she eats most of it and they are kind of too expensive to get two), else i might get something from a nearby indian place ...
Post by cheerypeabrain on Apr 12, 2020 18:25:58 GMT
We had a turkey crown, with potato normande made with cream and lashings of butter, cauliflower & broccoli cheese, peas and carrots...pigs in blankets, sage and onion stuffing and gravy. I spent ages making it then realised that I'd made too much. Again. We all enjoyed it tho...the potato normande was lush and creamy with a buttery, crispy top...shame I couldnt eat it all...podged.