Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Delusions of a new housewife

I aspire a lot. Whether my aspirations realise or not is another matter altogether.

When my husband & I moved into a place of our own a few months ago, I had all sorts of grand plans. And mind you, everything D.I.Y too. Fix up the garden, bake regularly, wake up before the sun & cook, mop the floor every morning etc etc etc.

This long and industrious list also includes menu planning for every week & preparing a grocery list. While some of the others above I might not have achieved yet, ( Mopping the floor every day! It's not a healthy goal, mind wise) every week I do plan ahead what to cook for the coming week & make a grocery list. That way we don't end buying things we don't need & minimises impulsive buying.

So here's where I went wrong. When we moved in we stocked up the pantry by me spending one whole day at Cargills. Then, the first few weeks, we bought all our groceries from Keells in the neighbouhood.  Prices aren't too bad.  Can buy pretty much everything from the same place. You know the merits.

Then a funny thing happened. Delusions of austerity. I thought it was too much of grandeur to be shopping at super markets.

"Look at all those people shopping at the Sunday pola. Darling can you take me to the Manning market? Thousands of people shop at the Manning Market!, No?, How about the economic centre in  Narahenpita then? Nugegoda pola is good, let's go there"

My indulging husband took me to both the economic centre and the Nugegoda daily pola. But of course we always had to go to Cargills to buy other house hold stuff after buying vegetables & such from the pola.

He outright refused to take me to the Manning market. I have never set foot in there. But really really want to.

At first prices seemed fair, the merchandise good, the vegetables fresh and I thought one could find anything one wanted in the pola.

Particularly, the Nugegoda pola has a meat stand which sells sausages and such for half the price of that of Cargills or Keells. Also, the fruit vendor wasn't very strict about the weight of the fruit when he charged us.

Last Sunday night, we went to the pola again. Here's where my delusions shattered. I bought garlic at the pola for 300 Rupees for a kilo.  And a kilo of tomatoes at the pola was 80 Rupees.

We crossed the road & went into Cargills.
a kilo of garlic was 199 Ruppes & a kilo of tomatoes was 40 rupees.

There. That was it. All because I thought I was being too grand to shop at the Supermarket while others were shopping at the pola. Learned my lesson. Grandeur apparently is good. It's definitely good for me. Not to sound snotty or anything.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Etsy shop

Hi Guys,

Just popped into tell you that I just opened an etsy shop.Check it out will ya?

For those in Sri Lanka, if you like anything in the shop, just drop me a mail. :)

See you later.

BB Out.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lead me not into temptation

Before you get the wrong idea, this is about food.

I've decided to go vegan. Twice in the past I have tried being vegetarian, each spell lasting about an year before I relapsed into my carnivore habits. 

This time, I'm more serious than ever, and want to make a life long commitment to not consuming anything of animal produce.

I'm alright with cooking meat. I manage it every day. I cook for my husband & manage not to eat it at all. Every day it gets easier & each day is one small victory. I have already switched to soy milk from dairy milk. I anyway never wore fur or used real leather. alright! so faux leather is cheap! who cares. A cow didn't die to give me a new hand bag! 

Anyway, so here is the afore mentioned temptation. I come my parent's place and there on the kitchen counter is my dad's chicken stew. (groan groan groan). I haven't quite got the grasp of how he makes it, I have tried & yet again I can't seem to make it just the way he does. The point is that, it's sitting there, on the counter. and I have already opened it & looked at it and kind of sniffed it. 

I will not eat it. Dhal curry is enough for me. 

And, if anyone's interested why I decided to go all vegan.

1. Every time I eat meat, an animal who has done nothing to hurt me, dies.
2. I'm hoping it will help me lose weight.
3. I was fine with dairy products before, but I've realised that the milk we consume does not come from free cows grazing in green pastures giving us their milk because they have it of abundance. They do it by being forced to, with tubes attached to their udders for extracting milk. I'd like to see women do it!
4. Even if my skin is lightly bruised, I hurt. I don't want handbags,dresses, shoes or anything else made from the skin of someone else.

Watch this video please.

There. Resolution renewed. Will not eat meat. Period.

See you later.

BookBaker Out.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Holmes on the matter of dogs

"My line of thoughts about dogs is analogous. A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones. And their passing moods may reflect the passing moods of others."
- Quoted as being said by Sherlock Holmes, in the Adventure of the Creeping Man.
- The case-book of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.