I don't eat very much meat nowadays. No particular reason except I no longer fancy things like pork chops and beef steaks and bought lamb is always a let down once you've eaten home raised lambs.
About once a month I'll buy £2 worth of off-cuts from the Morrisons deli-counter, that's quite interesting as you never know quite what you'll get but it will give me enough for one evening meal and a week of lunchtime sandwiches.
I usually have a pack of chicken thighs in the freezer, divided up into twos or threes and then I cook them up for one hot meal and several days of sandwiches again and chicken breasts make stir-fries. Sausages sometimes to make sausage rolls. But that's about it.
But the East-of-England Co-op are celebrating Local Produce and I got an email with the offer of this 'breakfast pack' with 4 sausages, 4 rashers of bacon and two pork burgers with 4 free eggs all for £4. (The farm that produce this pork are in Suffolk) The Dividend vouchers had just arrived too with a £2 voucher for me to use. So I just paid £2.
I've put the sausages into the freezer and will eat the burgers and bacon during the week.
Then I'll be off meat again for a while, back to pasta with home made sauce, nut burgers, fish, eggs and cheesey things.
The new Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall programme last Monday focusing on plastic waste was interesting, he went to see the huge heaps of plastic, some from this country, contaminating villages in Malaysia. The cheap meat offer above comes with a black polystyrene tray, plastic cover and paper label stuck to the plastic.........nothing recyclable. Very Bad Co-op!
The programme did an interview with Tesco about why 3 peppers bought separately loose cost so much more than 3 peppers together wrapped in plastic. - There was really no answer except "we're working on it". Hugh was also promoting tap water - hooray for that. I tried to persuade people on the campsite that the water there was very drinkable but there were always loads of bought water bottles in the bins - the amount of rubbish was one of the worst things about running a campsite. Another pet hate was having the loos to clean on the campsite when the weather was like it has been the last few days with all the wet grass being carted in and muddy footprints, at least I don't have that job anymore, now it's just cat sized footprints on the bed cover!
Hope the forecast is right saying things should pick up for the weekend as this grey,cold and wet weather is no good at all for my mental health, I expect many people feel the same.
Thanks for all the comments about the garden tour yesterday, I forgot to mention there are a short row of mange-tout peas inside the mesh frames as well as the leeks and sweetcorn. Tasker suggested the tall shrub with branches covered in sprays of white could be a Deutzia and I looked it up and I'm sure he is right, it's putting a very good display this year. He also asked if I cover the raspberries and Yes, I will. There are some tall canes fixed in the raspberry bed and I will use a stepladder and chuck a huge quite close-mesh net (left here for us to use) right over the top. It worked OK last year, it's the best I can do with such a muddle of raspberry canes.