Jun. 23rd, 2011

zeborah: zebra-striped biscuits (cooking)
There are days when you come home from work thinking that you really need either alcohol or icecream and alcohol's just not going to cut it.

Today was not one of those days but I like to be prepared with a 2 litre tub of icecream in the freezer just in case. And sometime over the last four months I ran out of icecream and didn't get more because it would have required transporting a 2 litre tub of icecream on the bus for an hour or more. Which a) would be heavy, and my shopping trips were already heavy affairs, and b) would be melty.

But today I went to my local supermarket for the first time in four months. Just all casual, like, on the way home from the bus stop. (It's actually been open on-and-off for a couple of weeks, but... I was set in my routines and it felt weird to change them and aftershocks happened on the 13th and I didn't realise it was open again until I got a flier, and anyway I just didn't go.)

And, once I figured out where the entrance was, it's really quite lovely in there. (Pak 'n' Save is horrid despite being cheaper. It makes me feel all claustrophobic. Partly the warehouse feel, partly the really high shelves, partly the crowds.) It's well lit and really spacious - heaps of space as you walk in through the grocery section, and the aisles are wide and the shelves are low. The only thing I'd change if I could is the aisles are very long; it'd be nice to have a cross aisle as some of their other stores do. But really, even though they'd changed the layout a lot, it felt very safe and familiar. Also the new entrance opens directly to the carpark - I don't know if that was necessity due to the rest of the mall being closed or a clever safety idea, but I like it.

Anyway I did my necessary shopping: baking powder (gluten-free - I didn't realise ordinary baking powder wasn't, whoops, but I think I didn't use it anyway when I made stuff for work) and new cooking oil; and yeast to make bread with (because 4 months have set me in my bread-making routine and I've even figured out how to make it almost-reliably rise in the bread machine); and mandarins and shaved ham for lunches, and fish for dinner, and chips for special occasions, and then I thought, "I can walk home in 5 minutes! I can buy icecream!"

So I did. Lime-flavour (though it's more an aroma than a flavour really, it's so gentle). And then I got home and, even though it wasn't one of those days, I had a bowl anyway, to celebrate.

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