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July 31, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day 31 – The END!

I made it! 31 days of food related photo blog posting, its been fun and, once I got into the rhythm, surprisingly easy to keep going each day. It has been interesting (mostly for me I’m sure) to see the variety of foods that I eat in a month, plus some recurring themes too 🙂

“What exactly is the story with today’s photo?” I’m glad you asked! This has been something I have eaten on more than half the days in July. I suppose I should have counted this too, for the sake of the project.

These are Ranitidine Hydrochloride tablets, and shown here under the Indian brand name Zinetac. I picked these up in India* the last time we were there. You might know this medicine by the UK brand name Zantac, an over the counter remedy in 75mg strength tablets.

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The sharp-eyed among you will see that the pictured Zinetac are 150mg, so double-good right? You may also notice that these are Rupees 5.21 for a strip of 10 tablets which is like 6 or 7 pence, in the UK Zantac are more like 4 pounds for 12 tablets. Personally, for this sort of price difference I can cope with the box being made of un-bleached card, printed in only one colour. Who needs the glossy, over designed colourful boxes they use in the UK?

You’ll probably also notice that it says on there “To be sold by retail on the prescription of a Registered Medical Practiotioner only.” What a laugh, since in India, the the busiest shops in the resorts are usually the pharmacies! You just go in and ask for what you want, no questions asked. I’ved queued up behind all sorts in the past, blokes buying boxes of Viagra to sell back home. Women shouting over their shoulder back into the street, “Mam, did you want some Valium as well?”

So, that’s my little secret, I could choose to be a martyr to my stomach and the unbearable pain of heartburn. Instead, I choose to self medicate, I’m told its a very safe drug, and enjoy life, I want to eat nice interesting rich and spicy foods, not bland boring stuff!

Life is just too short, right?

* We also stock up on Colgate toothpaste and toothbrushes, mozzie sprays and sun creams. Its all so much cheaper than over here, less than half price usually.

Sour, sweet and hot salad

July 30, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day 30

My brunch snack yesterday, a salad of melon, garlic stuffed olives and spianata calabrese salami.

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The super hot peppery salami against the sweet cool flavour of the melon edged by the sour garlicky olives was a sensational combination.

The salami was a surprise for me that Paul brought back from the supermarket the other day. It’s not one I’ve tried before but I’ll be having it again for sure. Here is what it looked like before I chopped it up. I’ve not seen a salami this shape before either!

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You can see the peppercorns, I don’t have to tell you how hot it was 🙂

The great clothes mountain

July 29, 2008

It all started with unwrapping a few new shirts and turned into 2 hour declutter session.

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We now have a clothing mountain to dispose of! Seriously, how can there be so much? We last did this, I think, less than 6 months ago!!

The only thing thats for sure is that its going to a Salvation Army collection. No way am I leaving it outside for one of those “Third World” collection companies that have sprung up lately. Next time the leaflet comes through the door check the small print, not only do they not provide a bag, to “keep costs down” but they also admit that the collected clothes are actually sold to “provide jobs.” I say, “What a load of old shit!”

It’s Monday, it must be leftovers

July 29, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day 29

Monday’s lunch was was an early one, we were on late shift again so needing to eat before going to work. Paul made big fat chips (you may call them wedges) by frying up the leftover potatoes from Sunday dinner.

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Add these to some re-heated chicken and gravy and you have got a satisfiying meal 🙂

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You just can’t beat chips and gravy!

Chicken out!

July 28, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day 28

The Chicken Out! campaign – have you signed up yet?

The Chicken Out! campaign is demanding higher welfare conditions for chickens farmed in the UK, and fairer conditions for the farmers who rear them.

This was our Sunday dinner, a Devonshire Red free range corn fed chicken.

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It’s pretty expensive for a chicken but do you know, it really does taste better, the texture of the meat is better too.

Beer, barbeque and friends

July 27, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day 27

Yesterday afternoon we went to Rob and Ange’s for a few beers and barbeque food.

Look at the gas barbeque, it’s like totally minimalist stylee, I love it, how cute is it???

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The sausage were really good, do you see all the chilli in it? As for the mint chutney? The jury is still out on this on, I need to try it again. The bestest thing was the tomato and pasta, Rob is Superchef 🙂

We stayed late into the evening, I thought it was a warm night, Paul didnt agree!

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Pumping Petrol

July 27, 2008

The price of petrol is a pretty hot topic at the moment, fuel prices in general seem to be spiraling out of control. This isn’t worrying me to much, having just down-sized our car from a 2 ton, 2 litre, gas guzzling monster to a small but perfectly formed 1.4 litre Astra.

What does bother me at the pumps, is waste. That is to say, wasted time. Why do people still persist in filling their tank upto the exact pound that they want to spend? how much of their time is wasted each year by people squeezing that trigger bit by bit as it approaches the desired figure.

Now, I’m not saying I never did this. Oh no, of course I did, but there used to be a reason it. Remember when we all carried cash? If I had a tenner in my pocket to fill up the tank, then it wouldn’t do to go over even by a penny. Nowadays, we all carry plastic right? So who cares what the total comes to?

Well, its seems people still do. You can see them at the pumps, cursing when they mis-judge and hit £30.02. They can’t possibly just leave it there, so they start trying to squeeze a bit more in, edging up to £31.00. You can see them struggling against the auto cut-off thing, desperate to end up on a round number, as if the cashier is going to laugh at them for being so spazzy when they go in to pay.

Actually, the cashiers do seem a bit surprised when they read out the amount I need to pay for my fuel, “£46.32?”

I’m not entirley free of fuel pump OCD of course, I collect loyalty points which give me a point per litre bought. So after the auto cut-out thing on the pump kicks in, I check if I’m just under or over a round litre. If I’m just under, I squeeze a bit more in to get another Nectar point 🙂

I want candy

July 26, 2008

Remember the 80’s Bow Wow Wow (The future of pop, ooops no they weren’t) and their single “I want candy?” At the time the shaved headed 14 year old girl was a bit shocking but the Internet has changed everything, what do you make of this?

“Yeah, a candy penis!”

Still hungry for more, maybe its like car crash TV, you cant tear your eyes away?

Barbie Girl…..

At least they are not out on the streets spitting on grannies and kicking dogs and stuff!

Friday menu – changeable

July 26, 2008

NaBloPoMo July 08 Day 26

Friday was an odd day menu-wise. On Thursday night we looked in the freezer to decide on Friday’s dinner. It was decided we would have the last portion of calamari we froze a while back. The plan was to put it in the fridge in the morning to defrosft during the day. During the day, when I asked Paul what we were haviing for dinner, “Oh, I forgot to get the squid out of the freezer.”

So I thought a while and came up with a naughty idea for Fun-Food-Friday. Burger, fried egg, chips and tinned spaghetti hoops. I know! it’s like my dream menu from when I was 10 years old 🙂

Later in the evening, after a couple of beers, Paul decided that he didnt want to cook and by that time I had gone off the idea.

So what happenend? The take-away menus came out of the drawer and Chinese was decided upon. I know, I’m sorry, it’s only a week since we last had Chinese, but hey, we were hungry!

So here is a shot of Paul, “cooking” Friday night’s dinner. This isnt my NaBloPoMo picture for today, that’s further down 🙂

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In other news I tried another of those Polish Knorr soups, Barszcz Czerwony. This was a red beetroot soup, I suppose what I’d call Borscht. I was surprised when I opened the packet, the granules look like sherbet! I added some leftover fresh beetroot to give it a bit “extra” flavour. Sadly I had to leave half of it, even with salt and pepper added, it was just too sweet. I give it 5 out of 10.

I have another packet in the cupboard, do you want it?


Go smoke free

July 25, 2008

The 25th of July 2005 was the day I stopped smoking, so today marks the 3rd anniversary of that most wonderful day. Sorry to go on about it, year after year, it’s just that it really is so good!

If you don’t believe me, why not give it a try yourself?

Go on, click here, I dare you!