Saturday is our weekly shop day and the fridge was very much bare. I am pretty good at throwing together meals out of nothing (I once fed two people on one vegetarian sausage, a potato and half an onion and had leftovers) but by the end of last week I was struggling; a girl can’t get by with a jar of capers and some jerk-seasoning alone. So off to our local behemoth supermarket we go and come back with:
- baby aubergines
- long pointy red peppers
- a plantain
- a marrow
- butternut squash
- ..and a dudhi.
When roaming the veg aisles you can pretty much bet if I don’t know what it is or haven’t used it before I’ll probably buy it. The squash is lined up for dinner but the plantain and the dudhi are open to suggestions.
The tofu/tempeh is from Unicorn Grocery in Chorlton and the wild garlic is being used for tonights meal. Having taken it out of its packet to be pressed it doesn’t have much of an initial flavour (as is tofu’s way) but has a warm spicy kick afterwards; it will be marinated later.
Unicorn is a good place to pick up interesting things but yesterday the man on the checkout said “Hmmm, four soy products…” as he was scanning my things through. Yes? And? Perhaps it was just a friendly observation and he didn’t mean anything by it, but it felt a bit judgemental. It’s not like I’m off home to eat them all at once and even if I was it’s none of his business. There is nothing wrong with soy in moderation, as with all foods. If only they sold feminine hygiene products or something really icky like Vagisil I’d go straight back and take them ALL to the counter to be commented on. And a pregnancy test. And some lube…. Get off my back, loser.
I’ll be back later with the aforementioned butternut squash recipe, it’s a good, tasty and simple one that gets requested often.