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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Hi There

I haven't posted in a while and I apologise for that. I know people have left some lovely messages in the comments of  my last post and I thank each and everyone of you for that. However,  I can't put my finger on what is wrong other than my Blogging MOJO has left the building along with Elvis. 

I suppose you can liken it to writers block, quite often I would see a situation or have an experience I believed would make a good post but once I got the computer out the inclination left! I've commented  on various blogs and I've emailed some people personally. But blogging become a chore and with my SAD I just couldn't face it. Thanks to a few sunny spring days and my beautiful Bertie I feel myself looking forward,  and able to deal with some 'crap' that's landed at my door. More about that later in the week. 
Hubby's boss phoned at the weekend telling him he should 'self isolate' as they know he is in an at risk group. His immunity has been compromised as a result of the last 40 years as a  type 1 diabetic. He only works 2 days a week and has been told he will be paid. So we are fortunate. There is a confirmed case in the nearby town so it only a matter of time before its upon us. 


So this morning I thought I would venture to the shops early to get a few bits (milk, puppy food and lettuce) to enable our isolation. How stupid am I.....don't answer that! Lidl looked like a bomb had gone off in the centre of the store with pallets everywhere, staff weren't attempting to empty them as they were busy at the tills. Long queues of people clutching a 4 pack of toilet roll snaked around the shop in every direction. No 6 pints of milk, no puppy food and no lettuce. So I went to Tesco and it wasn't much better there. I did get 4pints, puppy food but no lettuce. I've never seen so many empty shelves. Every piece of chicken was gone, pet food decimated and there wasn't a tin of veg or soup to had anywhere. 


Thanks to the Brexit fiasco and my inability to refuse a bargain, my cupboards and freezer are well stocked. I can at least forgive myself for over spending in January. So although I'm not guilty of panic buying, I do believe we may have some strange meals over the next few weeks but we won't go hungry. I know this is uncharted waters but things do seem to have gone a little crazy.  The shelf stacking staff in Tesco were saying they will be sent home early as the shop warehouse is empty. Nothing to put on the shelves until the next delivery. Whats it like where you are?

Yesterday I picked out all the good size white potatoes I had stored in the garage as I knew it wouldn't be long before they were sprouting.
I scrubbed them, rubbed them with a little seasoned oil and wrapped them in foil before packing them into my slow cooker. After 1.5 hours on high I turned them over and switched to low for a further 2 hours and they cooked lovely. 4 went in the freezer and 2 were left out for tonight. They will be served with a veggi burger and salad made with the  small chunk of lettuce I have left. I've scribbled down a menu for this week and have prepped stuff in advance. If I can keep 4-5 days ahead with my food plans I can stretch stuff I get low on. 

Well thats all folks. I will be back soon. Take care. x 











  


43 comments:

  1. Great to see you back, although I know you've been commenting (thank you),
    I'm like you, I prepared for Brexit so I have well stocked cupboards and will just need fresh stuff although, as you say, some meals may be "unusual"! I've just mixed bread and I'm looking at recipes for oatcakes but I'm hoping that once the initial hoo ha dies down we will be able to get things like bread flour. I've got a tesco delivery slot and hoping to get a delivery once a fortnight and a cousin has volunteered to bring me fresh stuff on the alternate weeks.

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    1. Pleased you've got plans in place. Stay safe, it's not worth taking chances.

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  2. Interesting about Lidl, we aren’t due there until Friday, I shall have to go ‘armed’ ready for a bun fight, if only I could find a bread stick to fend them off!

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    1. I was shocked by what I saw but I live in an area with a high elderly population. So they may be shopping to cover a number of weeks.

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  3. I called into Aldi yesterday. All I wanted was a loaf of bread. One hour later and I left the shop with it...… The shop was rammed and the queues for the tills were halfway up the shop - and they had all the tills open. I think I might be going back to baking my own.

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    1. There's no flour, yeast or any baking goods in our local Tesco or Aldi :-(

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    2. I bought a big tub of greek yoghurt at the weekend. This can be added to flour which I have in the cupboard to make flatbread which are really nice.

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  4. Nice to see you back on your blog.

    Yep, the situation is just as bananas here … there WERE lots of bananas in Tesco actually. Rather weirdly everyone seems to be avoiding buying the fresh fruit and veg, which would be brilliant to keep them healthy before they resort to their 6ft wall of tinned tomatoes and baked beans stash.

    Staff in our Tesco are now rationing people to just 5 items in lots of categories and just 2 each in others. The poor ladies on the checkouts I was going through were confiscating things left right and centre!!

    Take care, lets all blog while we ride out this madness and keep each other entertained with trivialities as well as news.

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    1. I bought my usual fruit etc last week. The bananas will take ages to ripen but they only had very under ripe ones left. I agree, as a blogging family we need to stick together. X

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  5. I couldn’t even get a trolley at our Sainsbury’s! The lower half of the car park had none. I managed to get one at the very top, along with a couple of others, which I brought down with me. They were snapped up by other trolley searchers on the way back to the store. Once I was in the store, it was like a plague of locusts! I’d say the shelves were only about 20% full, if that!

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    1. Like Frugally Challenged, I'm hoping this will die down. The UK is in a great position. Our supermarkets were stocking up in additional warehouses due to the Brexit timeline fiasco. There is plenty to go around.

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  6. I went to our Lidl this morning. Crazy doesn't begin to describe it in both the car park (car horns honking and parking spaces at a premium) and in store. I wanted fresh fruit and veg - plenty there. Found a lone bag of frozen blueberries amongst the raspberries and some Heinz beans as we are down to our last couple of tins. People standing really close to each other whilst I made a real show of wiping down my trolley and divider with my own cloth soaked in didinfectant. What are people playing at? Supermarkets aren't closing their doors, are they? Good to see you back, by the way.

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    1. Thanks Julia, there is plenty of food, all the supermarkets have said there is. They just need people to be patient. There really is no need for people to be rude.

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  7. Welcome back, nice to read you'll be blogging again. Same as Sue above, no flour of any kind nor yeast in the Tesco I went in yesterday, and empty shelves on every aisle. It almost looked like they'd been raided by looters. At least there wasn't any fighting going on!

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    1. Do you have a local bakery you could get some fresh yeast from? I was very shocked by what I saw. I went shopping last week and it was nothing like this.

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  8. Great to see you back. Will try your tip about slow cooker jacket spuds.

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    1. Thank you, I was dubious about the slow cooker jacket spud thing at first but it does work and so much cheaper than having your oven on for hours.

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  9. Good to hear from you.
    Blogging will become even more important I think, a little bit of normal and something to keep us all sane!

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    1. Yes I think you are right. I think it will be good to pass information and share experiences while we go through these uncertain times.

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  10. Hello. Nice to see your blog at the top of my list on the sidebar, welcome back. I last went to town on Friday. Aldi wasn't too bad, managed to get what I wanted, and not too busy. I have to go to town later this week so I will call in again to top up. Don't know what I will find. I did get quite a lot of cat food from the market and Home Bargains, so hopefully I have enough. Might get a couple of bags of cat litter when I go.

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    1. Hi Ilona, I too did a little shopping before the weekend and it was fairly normal. But since the announcements its gone quite CRAZY. I would like another pack of puppy food but I'll wait I think the shops will return to near normal over the next 10 days.

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  11. Lovely to see you back, although I have had less time as our summer contract started about a month ago. Hoping we can continue, but on the campsites we are all wondering how long we will stay open.
    I have managed to get enough bread flour for a couple of weeks, but not sure then. We have not had the opportunity to shop much because of the restrictions of work, but popped into a couple of supermarkets over the last week and were shocked at the empty shelves. Even the frozen foods have gone. I am worried about not being able to get more supplies, but we will be fine for at least a fortnight, I absolutely refuse to be drawn into the whole stockpiling idea. We are all very resourceful here, and it is a fantastic place for ideas and moral support. Love to all, and keep your heads up. X

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    1. I sincerely believe the shops will restock and the shortages will decrease. I too believe bloggers are very resourceful and share our knowledge with others. The internet is such a good source of information when looking for alternatives for missing ingredients.

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    2. and for connecting isolated people! XX

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  12. Welcome back Tania :) I know exactly what you mean about losing your mojo. Mines been missing lately and I'm just dipping my toe in the water for now.

    Things aren't too bad where we are. There are slightly longer queues in Tesco and hardly any difference in the shopping centre. I've not seen any rude people or trolleys piled high with stuff and while some shelves are empty, most are still looking OK with the exception of loo roll and pasta, but no surprises there!

    Your husband's boss sounds really nice and I'm glad he's able to self isolate and still get paid. Look after yourselves. xx

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    1. Hi and thank you. For once my husbands boss has come up trumps. I think part of him thinks its less liability on him if hubby is out of harms way. There was plenty of spaghetti pasta in Lidl and they were handing out loo roll, one pack of 4 to any customer. There was a whole raft of restrictions written on a noticeboard.

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  13. Welcome back Tania, I drove past a big supermarket here in France yesterday and it didn't look too busy. Maybe (hopefully) people will be sensible since we're all in lockdown anyway. I have a well-stocked larder anyway so while I may have a few interesting meals I won't starve. I might make a (specially authorized) trip out on Thursday or Friday to a fresh food store to see how they're holding up but I'm not too worried. Then again I only have myself to look after too and I'm easily pleased.

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    1. I think we will have to have a 'interesting meal show and tell'. You never know some of the combinations might catch on. Hubby will eat most things so it makes my life easier.

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  14. How wonderful to see a post from you.

    I almost think we have entered the Twilight zone.

    God bless.

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  15. Glad to see you back Tania. It's crazy here too. None of the usual-toilet paper, paper towels, lysol wipes, hand sanitizer. No canned or frozen fruit and veg. or flour and sugar. I was shocked to see no milk, eggs and meat in some stores. Some people must be stocked up for a year, not caring about anyone else that maybe can't afford to stock up at all. We are self isolating as I'm a senior and DH is a super senior so don't want to take any chances. It boggles the mind that there are 167 countries affected now, that only leaves 28 untouched, at the moment. Scary!

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    1. Yes it is scary. As you say there is a lot of people out there who have stored vast amounts of food. I will make do with what I've got for as long as possible. Makes you wonder why the 28 have remained untouched!

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  16. Nice that you are feeling better and blogging. I am in the States and the panic you describe is worse here and getting more so as days go by. Schools and libraries closed, stores with altered hours, people out of work who can't work from home and no toilet paper. Also no testing available for this virus as our national leadership is so clueless...I am at risk and sixty, so only going out if essential. I hope you both stay well.

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    1. I believe the shops will restock with so many of their warehouses having stocked up for Brexit. I will have to go out for milk in 2 weeks time but I'll avoid peak times. I'm not entirely sure our leadership is any better but to be fair it is uncharted territory.

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  17. the family is no longer mocking me for being a bit of a survivalist nutter....lol

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    1. I think all of us who have been frugal and kept well stocked freezers and larders are feeling a little smug!!!

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  18. i tried your idea of potatoes in a slow cooker. I also added a carrot in foil and then threw in an onion in its skin. It was all lovely, but the onion was especially delicious!

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    1. Sounds delicious. I'll try that myself next time.

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  19. Never tried the slow cooker thing but I must as we too have potatoes in store. I have only been to the little village SPAR/PO and butcher but both were fully stocked, even the loo rolls. I was the only customer in both places mid afternoon. Advantages of village life. Waiting to see what comes in our regular supermarket on line shop at end of week as I hear it could be a substitution lottery of goodies. As we grow a own our fruit and veg we are not in panic mode for this summer at least.

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    1. Strangely enough people aren't going after fresh its all the stuff they can store. Frozen, tinned veg/fruit. I think you may have a few missing items in your delivery although the supermarkets are trying to stem the tide of panic buying.

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  20. Lovely to see you back, Tania, and thank you for commenting regularly on my blog. Supermarket shelves are mainly empty here too. Today I popped in for some glace cherries and had one of the last 2 packs. Hardly any fruit and veg on the shelves now as well as the usual lack of rice, pasta, flour, baked beans, tinned tomatoes, pasta sauce, soap, loo rolls etc. The country has truly gone mad. As one lady said to me, as soon as everyone has a full garage, shed and house things will go back to normal. I really feel for the people on low incomes who must be struggling to buy the things they need. Food banks too are running out in our area. I wish I could help but I am 70 and will soon be confined to the house for 3 weeks.

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    1. We started isolation yesterday and it could be for 12 weeks. Hubby's birthday today but celebrations. We will celebrate when it's all over!!

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  21. I tried your potatoes in my slow cooker tonight and they were delicious. Thanks for the great idea.

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