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lidl shopping

4 Mar

london 2.20pm rain 7.2C monday 2019

lovely breakfast of croissant and grapes

went to lidls and bought their croissant. i think the cheapest in town, 35p.it is a nice treat as eating it always reminds me of my time in capedagde, the naturist town in south france.

i actually went to lidls to buy their red grapes 500mg selling for 99p, i bought 2packs, and their savoy cabbage 49p. and ended up buying their shoulder pork as it was £2.49/kg. i had been eating a lot of roast chicken (because of the two roast chickens i bought in tesco that were reduced by so much) and i am wanting a change from chicken now. so cabbage with pork will be a nice change. pork can keep in the freezer. when i got back i see that i still have two packs of pork from my previous buy. i find meat lasts me a long time. this is because i use it to flavour the veg dishes i make. without the flavour from meat, i find veg dishes are too bland. 

on the way back by bus, we got told by the driver when he stopped at vauxhall, that the bus wont be going to parliament square, because of the demonstration, and instead will go over lambert bridge and along the south bank to waterloo bridge, where it will cross to the north bank and then go to trafalgar square and continue its normal route. i will have left the bus then as it will go to my get -off point at the tate britain stop first.

well the rain now will put a damper on the demonstrators. it will have both remainers and brexiteers converging on parliament square because the MPs are going to vote on whether to approve theresa May’s exit plan. the rain wont be lasting… it will end at about 3.30pm by which time maybe they would have finished voting.


electricity april -june2016

7 Jul

london 12.39pm 21.1C sunnycloudy 2016 thursday

2.4.16- 1.7.16 electricity bill 242kwh used in 91days @0.1667p/kwh = £40.35

0.443p /day


i went on the buses today, to brixton at about 10am to buy chilis. got a good bargain, two large packs  for 50p each. they were tiny chilis, and very hot which i like. we malaysians know them as chili padi. i have not seen them sold so cheaply before. i think it is a matter of luck when they are put in that bin. it is a reduced priced bin  and i head straight for it whenever i go to brixton … it is the only shop in brixton that does this… putting out a reduced priced bin. in all this time, i have not found any dud batches that have gone rotten, so very good of them not to wait till it is long past its best to consign the goods to the reduced bin. 

then i took the 345 bus to clapham junction to the lidl and asda. i found out they reduce price of pork this early… thursday morning might be a good time to go to buy pork. usually £2.50/kg which is really very good value but reduced further by £1. so came to £2/kg. and while there i bought some spices,  cardamon sticks50mg45p, and cumin seeds 100mg and extra hot chilli powder100mg , both for 50p each. i bought asda ketchup too. i find not only are they cheaper, but are a nicer consistency and flow than the other supermarkets.

i have noticed the air conditioning in the supermarkets are very cold…

since i remembered these two branches of lidl and asda nearer to me in clapham junction where i can comeback easily on a 87bus , i go there now. it saves me going all the way to the old kent road where i used to go before. that trip involves two changes of buses.

 so the only reason for me to go to the old kent road now will be to go to the aldi there. aldi is the only chain that dont have any branches nearer to me than that. i wonder if they are looking to get more branches nearer to the centre of london. it must be the high rental that deters them.  

the buses are really very pleasant to take now, especially the upper deck as it is so cool. these few days it has been sunny and hot… so mediterranean i think.

it is certainly a change from the old days, when it is either freezing cold or sweltering hot or sometimes both in winter when the heater is either not working or blowing out of control. 

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it filled a plastic container. this picture taken after it had been frozen, and i forgot to take a picture when it was freshly bought. there is another pack in the freezer, still in its packaging.


7 Aug


I did not intend this post to be about praise for aldi.

I was about to talk of the hot weather we were having, and why i find myself being very sleepy at the middle of the day because of it and wanting to take a nap. it does make me miss out on a lot of things, because unlike europe where everything close down for their afternoon siesta, here in uk, and london everything stays open. it is one of the nicests things about uk that i like over and above europe.

I was on the bus to the supermarket earlier today and the hot weather seems to be affecting the kids a lot more than the adults. certainly the kids on the bus were all dozing off.

though reading a blog , i see europe is having a glut of summer vegetables and big bulgy tomatoes that we dont get here.

I have noticed they do have these big tumourous tomatoes, but they taste like tomatoes and are no different in taste from smaller tomatoes, so their size is the only difference.

they go well with buffalo mozzarela in a tomato salad, in that they look very nice, but of course u can have it with small tomatoes and they taste just as good. but i know some europeans like the look of things.

perhaps the beefy tomatoes also taste different. but i think they only look as if they taste different. certainly i have not noticed any difference in taste, partly because the olive oil dressing and basil herb masks any taste they might have. maybe that is why they are not so popular here in uk, certainly i dont see many of them on sale in the supermarkets.

i remember the european summer fruits, like the peaches that i bought in capdagde are just delicious, they are always just ripe and bursting with juice and comes off the core very easily. unlike peaches here in the supermarkets , where it is either not ripe yet, or too ripe. And no matter what state they are in they are never juicy or sweet. and they are not cheap either. That is something that europe has better than uk. but it seems the downside is that come winter, in europe, the range of vegetables on sale is severely restricted… at least if i read that blog entry correctly.

whilst here in uk, we get veg all year round, no exciting summer vegetables, but the staples like brocolli, lettuce,plain tomatoes, cauliflower, cucumber, celery are always available. not very exciting perhaps but people know they are there. And human beings being creatures of habit, we like eating what we are familiar with. maybe that is why in summer the supermarkets just dont bother to bring in other types of vegetables. people just dont buy them. if they are not familiar with it, they dont buy. that is my impression anyway, maybe it is a false impression.

but just using myself as an example, i too dont buy fancy vegetables that i dont quite know how to use. also some of the ones, like rocket , i find bitter and not very nice. as for kale, forget it, it is really a difficult veg to cook, and tastes of nothing and looks worse. haha. 

in fact they found out that people who plan their meals, stick to the same dish for each day of the week and repeat that for years. so if it is monday it must be lasagna. or if it is lasagna today, it must be monday. haha. 

this morning, i was browsing the daily mirror and saw a advert by lidl, where they featured celery for 50p, so i decided to go there, but since it was in peckham, i decided to go first to the aldi , and there i find celery was 45p. as well as lots of other veg for 45p instead of the usual 50p in the other supermarkets… except sainsburys strangely. for some reason, sainsburys are not caught up in reducing their price. i wonder why? their customers dont seem to be bothered that their stuff is higher priced. what makes the sainsbury customer so price insensitive i wonder, when we hear so much  of tesco losing business to the likes of aldi, and having to reduce their prices. i was browsing in sainsburys recently and went away without buying anything as their prices were so much more. it is why i have not bought anything from sainsburys for ages. i have a feeling i will not bother to go there anymore. do others also feel the same way about sainsburys as i do? 

in fact i ended up buying all my veg at aldi, and dont bother to stop over at asda or lidl, and caught the bus straight back. aldi never advertise these prices, so i was not aware of it. instead they advertised fruits at 69p, which i was not interested in, as i know those fruits are not as juicy as in europe. i am glad i decided to go to aldi first in spite of not finding anything in their reduced priced adverts. 

I have come to the conclusion that i shall go to aldi first thing, before i go to the other supermarkets, unless they have really good offers. 

Added 8.8.14 read today here that the russian embargo of fruit and veg imports from europe starts today for a year and the article says it means europe will have cheap fruits and veg as apples and pears from poland gets diverted.  coupled with the good weather making the harvest in uk for fruit and veg the best so far, let’s hope it will filter down to us and we get cheap fruits and veg, though the cost of transporting those goods may up the prices. it is not good news for the farmers. they might let the fruit rot. what else can one make out of apples and pears… cider?

shopping for food

2 Apr

I was on the bus today, doing my marathon shopping.
Today I took the bus to the library to read all the holdiay papers that have accumulated. So much to read, haha. Though I just skimmed through most of them. A lot of the weekend papers are rubbish really. I like the tv guides so many to choose from.

Then I took the bus no 2 to Brixton to get garlic, onions, ginger , and tomatoes. They are all 50p, and I got 8 small tomatoes for that price and 4 garlic bulbs. I think it is the only place to get such cheap tomatoes.

Then took the bus 196 which meandered to Vauxhall before going to elephant and castle. Next time I shall take the 133 instead.
On the bus I saw a woman with 4 boys, and she was producing bottle after bottle of fizzy red drinks to them.

Simon just came into the bedroom where I am , typing this, carrying a bowl of beef stew which he made at first on the slo cooker, but it was too slow so he finished it off in the pressure cooker.

He asked if it tasted funny. Does it taste metallic?. Well I tasted it and it was fine.

And the beef were cooked nicely tender. He asked me if I want it as he can get another bowl, so I now have this nice stew sitting on the bed next to me.

I am certainly glad he is not going to throw it away. At first I thought the beef had gone bad, but no. its fine.

I do like beef, it is a meat I don’t buy at all, as it has become very expensive and I can never find them at the reduced price low enough to entice me to buy. But simon gets it from his mother, who get to buy them cheap in Essex. It seems she is still able to get them cheap. Here in my local supermarket, it is nigh impossible to get anymore.

Added. i just realise that simon also cooks and i do eat what he cooks. however, he eats what i cook too, so i guess it evens out. he has a bigger appetite than me. 

She buys so much that there is no room in her freezer, hence simon being able to get them to bring back here. Haha.

But back to my shopping and observation of this family with the fizzy drinks. One of the kids was shaking the bottle to make it fizz, and then opening it and putting his mouth on the opening and letting the fizz rise up for him to swallow.

It must be fun for the child, though I think it is a bad habit to inculcate in the child. The parent don’t realise it but she is storing trouble for herself and her brood. First it will be very expensive to keep up with this habit. Once u got the kids liking fizzy drinks no way will u be able to get them to drinking plain water. And the suger diet will give them health problems in later life. And the acid will erode their teeth. All in all, lots of future trouble.

But I wonder whether that is why so many of these mothers say they cannot cope with food. If they spend it on these fizzy drinks no wonder they don’t have any for meat and veg.

The kid who was shaking the bottle all the time was fat, but the other 3 were slim.

Anyway I changed to the bus no 53 at elephant and castle and that took me to the aldi where I brocolli, leeks, carrots for 49p each. It was part of their 6 value promotions which they change. I like this promotion. there was onions, potatoes and parsnips too. It is the reason why I have been eating lots of veg nowadays.

I think it keeps the other supermarkets along the old kent road on their toes because the asda was also doing a 50p brocolli promotion.

At the asda I bought their pork, which is still £3 a kg. it is the cheapest nowadays. Cant get them for £2.50 anymore. It costs £5.89 for 1.9kg.And I got their ketchup for 28p. It is just tomato puree (u don’t expect real tomatoes for that price, do you?) and vinegar and suger, but I think it is cheaper than buying the puree and is quite nice to have if I fancy some suger in my food. I think the colour makes the food nice looking too.

Colour can be very important. That is why the Chinese use black soya sauce to colour the food. Pork looks very pale and unappetising otherwise. In fact any meat looks awful if u don’t put some colour in it. Either in the form of a curry sauce or black soya sauce or tomato sauce.

I separated the pork into 3 plastic containers and freezed them for the future meals.

I get my bus fare free, otherwise it wont really be economical to shop like this. In the past if I have to pay for the bus the fare would cost £4.40 and that would destroy the price advantage of shopping there.

Brixton is close enough for me to cycle there, in the past when I don’t have a free pass, but it was too far to cycle to the aldi in the old kent road.

I was thinking if Duncan smith needs any advise on how to live on £53 a week, he cannot do better than to follow my blog. Haha.

The whole shopping came to about £9.73.

added. I enter my shopping in finance41 in chrome, and i got a email from them recently saying they are now going to charge or if it is free, it will be limited to 3 entries per day. well, I just entered all the entries for my shopping and it was accepted. so i wonder when they will implement that 3 entry rule. it wont matter if they do, i shall just enter them 3 entries at a time. i wont be doing any food shopping for a week at least. 

Pork 2kg =£5.98
Ginger, garlic, tomatoes, onions @50p each = £2.00p
Ketchup = .28p
Veg brocolli, carrots, leeks @.49p each = £1.47

Total £9.73