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August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004][20/03/2019 - giving up. I don't have enough time to update the blog atm, let alone edit old entries!]
If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.
First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Last night ended up being rather later than I'd originally planned - but then, the Ch 11 rewrite was slower than anticipated. Result was I overslept, so was late getting into town.
But that was OK. After checking out Forbidden Planet I decided just to shop at Fresh 'n' Wild rather than bus across town to the Better Foods Supermarket (will try that one next time!), so I was able to take a longer wander around the shop than previously.
It really does have everything, and for the basics the prices are very good - almost all the same as or less than Sainsbug's for their organic fruit and veg. Picked up a perfect, large organic cauliflower head (cauliflower cheese supreme on Saturday, I think), broccoli, spring onions and carrots, a small jar of my favourite yeast extract (Vitam's Essential), and a packet of Britannia Health's XyloBrit. First time I'd come across this, and while it's a bit pricey I thought I'd try it (I've been using Canderel - when I've been using anything - as a sweetener but I really don't like the chemical aftertaste, and the possibly health hazards of the ingredients put me off too...) And hey, it comes from birch trees! (For anyone who didn't know, birch tree sap is sweet, like maple sap, and can be used the same way. Though I'd not recommend trying to tap the tree unless you know what you're doing!)
Also bought a small bottle of 'revitalising' Carpe Diem botanic water drink. I've seen this on sale, in larger bottles at an extortionate price, in supermarkets, and wondered what it was like. Well, unfortunately it's 'orrible - tasted vaguely soapy - so we won't be buying any more. Still, you never know unless you try, do you?
What the shop also has is shampoo and bath foam in glass bottles. It's been bothering me lately, the amount of plastic bottles we get through, and I want to change to glass wherever possible. Only problem is they're very expensive, and I didn't see any refill facility. Must remember to check Better Foods when I get over there...
And on the subject of plastic, sort of, I picked up a couple of Stony low-fat organic yoghurt desserts (the Never too Chocolate - see the bottom of the page) when I was last in Sainsbug's, just to see what they were like. And they were very nice indeed, lovely rich vanilla yoghurt and a not-too-sweet chocolate sauce. Their multipacks of yoghurt look good, too, and they come in recyclable cardboard cartons, not plastic. That being said, I normally buy Yeo Valley dairy produce anyway: local, recyclable packaging, and the products taste great. However, I really like Weightwatchers yoghurt multipacks of citrus (pink grapefruit, lemon, lemon and lime, and orange and nectarine), and toffee and vanilla - but the packs are plastic, and not recyclable. So I'm switching. I can always add my own citrus fruits to a Yeo Valley natural yoghurt if I want (and can make the time).
Right, that was all a bit pointless. And Kai will be home any minute, and then Ken has to leave for the John Cabot meeting. I'd better go get the naan bread ready. Shall rave about Yu Yu Hakusho later!