The Daily EO: March 12th, 2013

When was a kid Grandpa and Grandma would visit and always bring fruit from the Okanogan.  I’ve told you this before and I also told you of my love of Macintosh Apples.   I have always preferred Macs, Spartans and Granny Smiths above all others especially Delicious Apples.  I am not sure what it is about Delicious apples, but I don’t like the yellowish flesh, the mealy mouth feel, the thick skin and the flavour seems not appley to me.  So when ever I see those tell-tale bumps on the bottom of that dark red apple, I pick up a banana instead.

I do the grocery shopping in our home because I actually like grocery shopping.  Emile does most of the dinner cooking and I do lunches.   It seems to work well for us because Emile gets home earlier than me and the best grocery stores are out by my work.  When I make a grocery list – unless I need specifics – I usually write “fruit” and”Veggies”.  I am not sure why I am compelled to write that – because if I know I’ll remember what fruit to buy, why don’t I think I’ll remember to buy fruit?  Hmmm.  I’ve not thought of this before.   Well, reflection for another time.

Anyways, as you can well imagine when I buy apples, I buy my preferences.  Macs – if they aren’t end of season, Spartans if they look good or Granny Smiths (because they taste to darn good with sharp cheddar or peanut butter).  I eschew any apples with bumps on the bottom.  No thank you!  I assume if they have bumps on the bottom they are related to a Delicious and I can’t take that risk.    I’ve never considered apple selection implications on Emile until for some reason I went rogue in the apple aisle.  My normal selections weren’t looking that good, so I picked up some Gala, Pink Lady’s and Ambrosia apples for that week.   I figured Emile would have to make do with these until better stock was in place.  (incidentally, I threw them all into the same bag, cashiers hate me)

When it comes to the lunches I make, I really like feedback.  No, strike that, I really like appreciation.  And so Emile does his best to say “hey, liked my lunch today”.  He came home on rogue apple week and said “I really liked that apple you packed.  One of the best in a long while”.  Wha?!

March 12th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  “Bumpy” apples get added to the rotation – but just not Delicious, I am not sure if I could actually take paying money for them.  All this time, I have been thinking only of myself and protection from Delicious apples and Emile has been suffering.


The Daily EO: May 5th, 2012

We found ourselves in Gravenhurst today and I thought for fun we would head to Sobey’s to do our grocery shopping as it is the only one in Muskoka.  The shoulder seasons are pretty quiet around here.  You make your own excitement.

I like grocery shopping and I like shopping at different places that offer different things.  It’s fun in the US especially because they get all of those crazy products that you really shouldn’t eat in the first place.  Sobey’s isn’t that much different from the other stores in the area – but I did find a nice tube of fresh roasted garlic purée.

My husband is Dutch – he was born in Canada about 2 years after his parents immigrated from Holland.  So, although raised in Canada, he also was raised in a Dutch home.  As we were strolling down the aisles of Sobey’s, the following sign caught my eye:

Dutch?  I mean, you get the Asian section, the Mexican section, and usually the “International” section, but I have never seen a Dutch section.  Especially in a small town grocery store.  Even in St. Catharines (where Emile grew up) if you want Dutch treats you head over the Dutch store, not the grocery store.

We headed over to check this section out.   It was a doozy!

May 5th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  Stroop Waffles, Double Salted Licorice, King Peppermints, Windmill Cookies and all sorts of Dutch treats at the grocery store.

Maintenance May Day 5:  Donated needed supplies to a friend who greatly appreciated it.  (Friendship)