Well hello there fine people! It is Friday, and I am chilling out after the longest day of lectures in the history of education. The sun was shining/is setting but still lovely and bright and it is all dusky now! So, to the soundtrack of screaming children playing football apparently (though I have yet to see a ball appear), I am finally getting round to a food-related post, after a rather pathetic food-related-posts week, for which I apologise.
Well here is the story: Inspired by the sun, a lack of money, and my inability to wear lovely pretty clothes that I have stashed away, I have made my three hundred and eighty seventh attempt to cut out the crap and be healthy. So I’ve started classes at the gym, as I tend to get a bit bored with my normal workout. I started spinning, which wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and I intend to go to rebounding next week! And possibly to a mixed workout class where they do about 15 mins of 3 different workouts.. Boredom beater yay.
I am also eating somewhat better. Or getting there at least. And thanks to a post I read a few weeks ago over at Lola-Lu’s kitchen (Hi guys!) I discovered fruitfellas.ie. They get lots of lovely fruit and vegetemetables and deliver em to your door. And given my lack of car/bike/wheeled/aeronautical transport of any kind, I find it extremely awkward and painful to lug lots of heavy fruit and veg around. And I love the stuff! So I emailed the guys and asked a few questions and Hey, presto, they arrived on my doorstep with a brand spanking new box of fruit and vegetables, all for me, all for the grand old price of 20 yoyos.
I excitedly ran (halfway, then walked/panted the rest of the way.. I mentioned the healthy attempt right?) up the steps and began to examine the loot! Begorrah there’s a fine lot of items in there. Did I mention that I asked for a watermelon in exchange for a few pieces of fruit and they gladly accommodated my request (I’m so awkward, I know). The colours. The wonderful colours. I stood, mesmerised, for whole minutes. Then I promptly and practically snapped a few photos in joyous excitement. Here they are :
Is that not beautiful. Look at all that stuff. There’s not a thing in there I don’t like. Though that doesn’t say much, there’s not much I don’t like anyway. And just to spell it out here’s what I got:1 Watermelon 1 chunk of Broccoli
7 Carrots 1 Piece of ginger 2 Large oranges 5 Clementine
3 x Large tomatoes 3 x Yellow plums (Delicious!)
7 x Cherry tomatoes on the vine 1 Bunch of scallions 2 Kiwis 5 apples 2 Peppers (Yellow, yay, and green) 1 Parsnip 225g Mushrooms 2 Pears 2 Bulbs of garlic 5 Bananas A shcather of pratai (7 large potatoes)
Phew. Now I haaad to test the fruit so judging on the bananas and yellow plums- so far so good. Lovely, not too ripe. Pears still need a little ripening, but that suits me, can’t eat all the fruit right now. Well.. I probably could actually..
So my plan for the future, depending on how this works out, is to use these guys as my fruit/vegmongers, and just get meat and fish and any grains/pulses/that kind of stuff when I need to in the butchers/supermarket/recently discovered Asian market! This suits me cos the less time I spend in supermarkets, the less time I spend impulse buying. And trying (unsuccessfully) to walk by the freshly baked chocolate yumminess inside the doors in the supermarket. Especially since I’m usually famished going shopping.. I know, I know it’s a big nono, but when you’re stuck for time you go when you can! And when I can it’s generally when I’ve run out of food and am thus mightily hungry.
Costwise – Well I thought it looked pretty good at first glance either way, what with delivery and all, so I took it upon myself to check the online shopping price for the same list of items and it worked out at around 27-30 on the 2 I checked. So very good to be getting the lot & delivery for 20euro!
Plans for this lot of loveliness: Apart from gobbling it all down, I was thinking perhaps Irish stew might be nice for some of the veg (carrots, parsnips, potato), but it’ll be the end of next week before I do it, as I believe the parents are dropping into me with local home food that just tastes yummy and includes about 2lb of round steak mince, so gotta use that up! I was debating some sort of Cannelloni Bolognaise (use for garlic, mushrooms & peppers) type shenanigans (alternatively see Dips). Seeing as I have lotsa tomatoes. Bought ’em when Richie drove me back, I believe I have about 12 tins. Give me 2 weeks, they’ll be gone. Tomatoes, Garlic, Onions – Staple foodstuffs of my kitchen. Along with rice and pasta, the hungry students friend!
Well, sin e as they say. For now anyhow. I am rhyming.
Goodnight, and good luck!