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Shopping Around The World

 

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Really, It’s that time already! Piglove and Fozziemum started shopping around the world and Bacon said we should send all prepared snacks to them at the Thompson Hotel.  MOL  Just kidding my friends.  I imagine the ones from us would be hi-u-hum by the time they reached Bacon. MOL    Bacon asked us for snacks or appetizers that turn mom’s crank and gets her all happy inside.  This is embarrassing folks but mom is lazy when it comes to snacks and appetizers for herself.  I could tell you she loves stuffed mushrooms. chicken fingers and bacon wrapped scallops…..and she does but she doesn’t make those for herself.  Instead she makes up  something easy.                                                             chef ShokoHer idea of a fun snack is a concoction of wheat thins, olives and cream cheese.

Multigrain wheat thins $1.97

wheatthinsCream cheese            $3.15
cream cheese
Stuffed green Olives sliced   $1.97
stuffed olives

The crackers, stuffed olives and creamed cheese are not cheap but everything lasts well over a week so its not as expensive as one would think.
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Wally!! You mean we don’t say wally…..oh, we say voila! There you have the unvarnished truth about mom and snacks.
Kali and Shoks

Shopping Around The World

ng-cartHere it is November already.  Piglove and Fozziemum started Shopping Around the World for us to compare prices in different countries.  Mom sits and is shocked by the cheap price of milk products in other countries.  Canada has a board that regulates the price of milk products so our prices are high my friends.  Now the Americans are celebrating their Thanksgiving shortly so we were asked to do a sidedish or dessert….something that would go with a turkey.  Well, we had our turkey in October but we could have this dish any day.

We did our shopping at The Great Canadian Superstore.

1 bulb of fresh garlic:……$0.50  using 1 clove $0.08

Philidelphia cream cheese: $2.98 using 1/4 of pkge. $0.74

3 old potatoes:     $2.30

Sprig of parsley:  $1.28 a bundle using 1 sprig..$0.10

dried rosemary:   free….grown in the garden

Total cost for this dish is $3.22

Rosemary Garlic Mashed Taters

First you peel those 3 potatoes and then boil them in a pot on the stove….not too high a temp or the water will boil all over like mom’s did.  Right, you wash the taters off first before boiling….seems like a waste of time to me cause any cwap is going to boil off anyway.  While the taters are doing their thing, wash off the sprig of parsley and the rosemary.  Grind the rosemary on a mortar with your wee pestle.  Shred the garlic clove and set everything aside. Have a bit of refreshment…you’re probably thirsty by now.  The taters are done.  Drain them and put into a big good sized bowl  now either use your potato masher on those suckers or haul out your old mix master and make those taters talk.  Put in the Philly cheese and rosemary….keep mixing.  When the taters are so soft they look like pillows, dump them in a bowl and stick a sprig of parsley in them.  Salt, pepper and butter are optional although I think butter is a must.                                                            garlicrosemary potatoesThey look nice mom.  Or:

rosemarygarlic mashed tatersI shall model the Rosemary Garlic Mashed Taters.  They are best with butter.

 

 

Shopping Around the World

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Here it is just about the end of October and time for another Shopping Around the World.  Bacon of Piglove started Shopping Around the World so we will loop back to him.  Mom said I could help with this edition of SATW.  So I’m here to explain what mom has accomplished.

First she went shopping with dad.  I had to stay home because I would have sung, in a high pitched voice, all the way to Superstore, run and hid in Superstore and then sung, in a high pitched voice, all the way home.  Mom thought we all should be spared this thrill.

Mom decided to make Stuffed Mushrooms as her appetizer for this SATW so I won’t tell you everything else she bought.  She tends to get very creative ideas at the grocery store and insists on trying new items..  Meanwhile dad has disowned her and walked away as she’s talking to no one in particular how delicious this food would be.  Sorry, getting off the subject here.

Here are the ingredients purchased from The Real Canadian Superstore:

1 Red Pepper…….$1.90……  used 1/3rd of pepper

Italian Seasoning…140 grams bottle…….  $5.49……used 1 tablespoon

Mushrooms…………….20……$5.20….used all of them

Philadelphia Creamed Cheese..80z bar…..$4.37………used it all

Green Onions…………………………$0.77….used 1 onion

Shredded Parmesan Cheese……140 grams…..$5.98…..used 1 tablespoon

Bread Crumbs……$2.40 for 24 oz…….used 3 tablespoons

This recipe mom says is fairly easy.  The ingredients are not cheap but a treat occasionally.

To start off….wash your mushrooms.  We have 20 big mushrooms.  Remove the stems and set them aside for another dish.  Warm your parmesan cheese….woops, I mean warm your creamed cheese to room temperature.  Use a medium sized bowl for the ingredients.  Put parmesan cheese, 1 finely chopped green onion and 1/3rd finely chopped red pepper into a bowl.

Make those onion and red peppers small then you won’t have to precook them.

Now, into this mess add a tablespoon of Shredded Parmesan Cheese and depending how thick the mess is, add breadcrumbs.  Mom added a tablespoon of butter and found it too runny so added 2 tablespoon of herbed bread crumbs.  Add your Italian Seasoning…..a tablespoon of the Italian Seasoning.  Your mess should be thick, like I mean real thick so it sticks to the spoon and you have to scrape the mixture off the spoon to get it in the mushroom.  A big glob is the technical term.

Now fill those mushroom caps.

These wee guys are all ready to go into the oven at 400F for 15 minutes or until heated all the way through.

Done!!  These caps are delicious and a real treat.

Bony Pet Eats!

Shopping Around The World

Here it is time for Shopping Around The World brought to you  by Piglove and Fozziemum.

Shopping Around the World

Shopping Around the World

 

 

The challenge this month was to price 5 different items in 2 grocery stores and then make some dish with these items.  So here goes my friends:

These are the items:

Superstore                                        Save On

new potatoes                             $ 0.98 Lb.                                     no new potatoes

large eggs                                    $2.47 doz                                    $2.99 doz

celery                                            $1.77                                           $0.89

green onions                                $0.77                                          $0.99

Hellman’s Mayo                           $3.89  750 ml.                           $4.49 750 ml

I made Potato salad for two.  Romantic eh?

Boil 6 of the new potatoes.  Cool them down as they will be too hot to handle.Cut up  potatoes in wedges small enough to get in your mouth.  These are the size of new potatoes dug up in mid July around here.  Chop about 1 stalk of celery into potatoes.  Slice thinly or you’ll choke on them.    While you are busy chopping, turn on the stove with your third arm, bring an egg to the boil…..the egg is still wearing its shell.  We’ll undress it later. Meanwhile with this third arm slice some green onions so they look pretty in the mixture.   Once the egg has just come to the boil, turn off the stove and let the egg sit….stewing in it’s own water for 20 minutes.  You should have finished chopping by now, if you haven’t, you’ll just have to grow a fourth arm as when the 20 minutes are up, plunge the egg into ice cold water.  We’re going to try and shock him out of his shell.  If, he’s still in his shell when the egg cools, you’ll have to manually pull his shell off.  He won’t scream so all should be quiet.  The sooner you pull the shell off the easier it is suppose to be both for the egg and you….that’s what, “The Science of Cooking” says anywho.  Now the egg is free.  Now that he is free lets slowly cut him up.  Do I have you feeling sorry for the egg?  Good.  You should feel some compassion as you dive into your salad.  Lastly. add your mayo.  Add whatever amount is tasty to you.  Voila…your potato salad.

The potato salad probably costs about$1…depending on the poundage of mayo you use.  I have many herbs that I will add so that the basic potato salad recipe tastes delish and different each time.

If you want more in your potato salad….try different items such as grated cheese, bacon, (sorry Bacon…this is turkey bacon…ya right)pickles, olives, garlic…..anything you can dream up that would go nicely.

 

 

Shopping Around the World

March’s issue of shopping around the world is today’s major subject.

The first item is milk. This item was bought at Save On Foods. Superstore milk though a bit cheaper goes sour way faster.

dairyland 2% milk

dairyland 2% milk


A 4 litre jug, which is just over a US gallon is $4.95.

Tomatoes on the vine were bought at the Real Canadian Superstore.

The price was $2.47 a pound.

For a canned item, we chose Del Monte Cream Corn.
Del Monte Cream Corn

The price of the Del Monte Cream Corn at Superstore was $1.44 for 398ml.

A homemade dish was next on the list. Mom likes Tuna Helper Au Gratin as a quick dish but yummy. She adds various things laying around the kitchen. This time she used some frozen peas from the garden, dried green onions from the garden and a bit of green peppers from the garden. Almost forgot a few leftover beans from last might and some of the herbs she grows. Tuna Helper cost’s $2.50 at Save On Foods.

206 gram box

206 gram box


Mom uses Clover Leaf solid white albacore tuna. The price was $2.50 at Superstore for a 170 gram can.
clover leaf solid tuna

clover leaf solid tuna

So this meal cost mom about $6.00 if all the little extras are included.

The last item was a Random Item. Mom chose Mini Wheats. A 700 gram box cost $3.77 on sale at Superstore.

That is our shopping for the month.

Mom and I planted more Cilantro, sweet peas and Buttercup Squash today too. Hope these little seeds do better than their predecessors.

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