a mundane life really but i like it

14 Jul

london 7.16pm 20.8C sunny/cloudy friday 2017

i read in my newsfeed that the diner is giving away free milk shake today from 11am-12pm. well, i thought i had not been to the liverpool st area for some time and so i went.

they are in spitalfields market. it may have been an old market place long ago selling fresh produce but now it is just a food court. lots of restaurants and also food vans, that are like hawker food stalls that we see in s.e.asia. here it is more hygienic. (hmm, when i read back and see that comment, that it is more hygienic i wonder why i assume they are compared to the hawker stalls. prejudice i suppose that we tend to think western places are more hygienic than any place in s.e.asia. in all my years of living in s.e.asia i have never heard of food poisoning from the hawker foods. yet here in uk i have heard reports of foodpoisoning from these so called hygienic places , not the food vans, but proper restaurants too, ones that we should expect not to happen. that are supposedly strongly regulated by health laws and inspectors that watch over them. just goes to show how prejudiced we can be. 

 though i dont see any water to wash dishes. and this is because they use disposable plates and cutlery. life now is just full of  these disposables, everyone is using them it seems. makes me wonder at  the amount of such waste must be enormous.

i suppose even in s.e.asia disposables are becoming the norm now. adding to the worldwide mountain of such trash.

i remember in the old days,hawker stalls in the food courts in s.e.asia. and by that i mean specifically malaysia and singapore have access to clean water to wash their dishes. perhaps they have all moved to providing disposable plates and cutlery now.

anyway, when i went there to get the milkshake, there were only a bunch of school kids and a adult man and woman in the queue. i dont know if the milk shake i got is their regular offering, but purely judging from the one i got, it is not really very nice. mine was chocolate with peanut butter. there was not much choice. my standard to judge these things is the prime burger milk shake which i now see in retrospect is very nice indeed. oh, i got another email from them for next monday’s freebie. it is fries, which i shall have the same as before, with cheese and bacon. that one is lovely, even though i dont eat much of those dishes. i dont eat fries normally. 

anyway i got back to my part of london and put in the points to the daily mail promotion and got a free £5 voucher from the daily mail promotion where they give one for just 1000 points instead of normally 2000. today i accummulated enough points to fulfil their requirements. you have to add numbers for a month to get it. it is a marks and spencer voucher, which i later went to redeem for a fresh 1.5kg chicken which i have now in my oven cooking away. haha. i would not have bought that chicken normally as at £5 it is very expensive. and it is very wet too, suggesting that it has water added to it. the wetness wont roast well, it wont produce a nice crisp skin. i should rest it out of its plastic covering, to dry it out. but i dont want to wait. 

a normal priced one in tesco would be about £3.00. which is quite dry too and roasts very nicely. tesco’s is £1.99/kg, this one is £3.33/kg. you can see it is not very good value and i would never have bought it if i have to use my own money. i think they dont expect people to buy it either, because it is vacuumed pack with the plastic tightly pressing against the chicken, and squashing the chicken. it does not look very appetising actually, unlike the normal unpressed packing where the chicken looks plump and shapely. 

but since it is free money… and i have to spend it there, i bought it. they have a promotion where for £10 u can get a chicken, nicely seasoned too and about 1.6kg, plus dessert, and side dish for two. and a bottle of wine. so it is good value if u like wine. unfortunately, or fortunately for my liver, i dont like wine. haha. nor anything sweet. these promotions are tempting and i am sure will be popular with the usual customer. 

ah well, you can see what i get up to and it is all very mundane i am sure. haha. i kind of like it. it’s  a bit of fun these free food offers.  thank goodness it is not a matter of life or death. i am glad  i am not so poor i have to rely on these promotions to survive. if there are anyone who are in this dire straits i pity them. it is not a nice life if they are that desperate for food.

but food is cheap as long as u shop carefully and buy unprocessed fresh meat and vegetables. i live here and shop here, for my food, and so i am very puzzled when i hear people say it is expensive to eat. that food costs are high and they cannot afford to eat. i have to ask myself do we live in the same london? which alternate universe are they in. maybe they dont have a oven, or cooking stove. so have to rely on ready made packaged foods. or simply they dont know how to cook. though that is not a good excuse. even a fool can put some salt on a whole chicken and put it in the oven and set it to 200C and take it out 1hr later. how difficult is that? i ask you. well my chicken is cooked and here is it. quite nicely golden and the chicken wings are crispy. it is so easy to do, and the result is very nice. roast chicken is one of the joys of life. 

the chicken looks like it got feathers still sticking out of its breast. but it is only a photo effect. the skin is stretched and the streaks make it look like feathers. when i took the photo the chicken looks nice, but now i have a look at my photo, it does look rather obscene doesn’t it? haha. is this what they mean by food porn? haha. actually despite that picture of it, the chicken came out well, nicely crispy skin, and plump looking when it came out of the oven. and nice colour. the picture does not do it justice. the lowlying sunset streaming in through the kitchen window gives out shadows on the chicken that makes it look odd.

2 Responses to “a mundane life really but i like it”

  1. Garfield Hug Saturday July 15, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    A mundane life is a good one as you enjoy what you can do. 👍We are advocating recycling and preventing food waste. Cutlery are porcelain plates or melamine and these are collected and washed at a central station in each hawker center or food court. Disposable cutlery are charged as high as $0.50 or $0.70 for a plastic container for takeaways. So if noodles cost $3.50 +$0.70 = $4.20. Pretty steep if working at office. Some places noodles has risen to $6.50 a bowl cos of rental in town.

    • alifesgayventure Saturday July 15, 2017 at 8:55 am #

      oh, that is interesting, customers actually pay extra for cutlery if they takeaway in singapore!! but i am glad that at least the plates are still non disposable if they eat in. here, plastic cutlery is free and they let u take it and dont mind you taking however many you want. some of the outlets give u paper boxes that serve as plates. like the americans do. instead of plastic containers. i admit i dont like these paper boxes. i am just thinking the gravy will soak into the box and make for a mess. but they use it for dry noodles. i thinnk for curries they still use plastic containers. though for wet noodles, they use big paper cups. the japanese ramen outlets use them a lot.

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