Tuesday, 1 April 2008

D is for Dinner

It’s not really the main topic I want to write about but just happens to fit in here, what I want to talk about is one of the oddities of Sucre. It has just one supermarket and so you would think that is great thinking of UK supermarkets always (well pretty much always) having what you want. But not here, one day you may find in the supermarket (or in fact in the city generally) for example chedder cheese, and you think I don’t need it today but I’ll get some next time. So next time you go in you can’t find it and you may not find it again for weeks or months. The other week Melissa (another Brit working with FH saw some Cheerio’s in the supermarket, but thought normally they are to sweet for my children so I’ll not get them, she then told this to a friend who said don’t be silly go and buy some there not in very often. So she went back and bought some.

So what are some of the things we have gotten excited about seeing in the supermarket. Kellogg’s Cornflakes, Coco Pops and Frosties, Shredded Wheat bite size, taco sauce and wraps, prawns (though not brought because they were to expensive), mushrooms (tinned and fresh) and today best so far baked beans, not quite heinz, but they were good enough. We have been here almost 6 months and have missed baked beans so coming home tonight to find Sarah had found some was great, so guess what was for tea tonight?

This constant flux of goods available to buy brings out some interesting behaviour. Firstly when Sarah finds something new and good she’ll buy 2 or 3 of them, as she doesn’t know when she’ll next be able to buy, then debate with herself whether to buy more or is that just greedy. Secondly she’ll get excited about it because it is something we are missing from the UK, or something new she can make. Thirdly as today with the baked beans she almost considered calling Melissa to tell her they were in and did she want any. Sarah has never got so excited over food shopping, but as she says ‘it keeps food shopping interesting, because you never know what you are going to find!’

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