It’s called ‘fast food’ because you’re supposed to eat it really fast…otherwise you might actually taste it.

I feel it necessary to do a bit of venting and what better place to vent about but the grocery store.

My first pet peeve is the cart, basket, whatever you want to call it.  Over here in the UK, they call it a trolley. They have alot of different names for things, but that’s a whole other blog in itself and we won’t get into that now.  Now, back to the subject at hand…   In the US, the back wheels are locked in place so that they only go forward or backwards, like on a car and the front wheels can be turned any which way, again, like a car, making the cart/basket easy to control and maneuver.  There is also a nice rack at the bottom for larger or heavier items and a place to rest your foot while you’re leaning on the cart, waiting in line.  Well I don’t know about any of you, but I like to rest my foot on there.

US Supermarket Cart

HOWEVER, over here, the back wheels are the same as the front wheels…they turn every which way leaving you with absolutely NO control of the trolley, and the trolley having a mind of its own.  Try to steer it to the left, and it goes to the right, steer to the right, and it goes left…you get the picture.  There is also NO bottom rack for large or heavy items, hence, no place to rest your foot.

UK Supermarket Trolley

OK, enough about shopping carts.

My other peeve is…

I can understand a single parent having no choice but to take their child(ren) grocery shopping with them as they have nobody to babysit the little ones.  I cannot understand why both parents have to go shopping and take the whole clan with them!  OK, maybe one or two kids is fine, but when it’s four, five or more, then it gets a bit out of hand.  Think how empty the stores would be if one parent stayed at home with the little darlings while the other did the shopping.  They could save oodles of money without the children screaming ‘Mommy, I want those cookies’ or ‘Daddy, buy me this candy’…it just boggles the mind.

Terri’s Tasty Tip…

As well as being healthier, reducing the amount of meat in recipes can cut down on your food bill.  Here’s an easy recipe that’s super healthy and a good source of iron.  This serves four, but can easily be halved.

Indian Beef with Fresh Tomato Salad

1 tsp. olive oil
6 oz. ground beef
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp. curry powder
2 oz. dried red lentils
12 oz. hot beef stock (cube is fine)
2 small tomatoes
handful cilantro leaves, fresh
2 mini naan breads

Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over high heat.  Cook the onions for 5 minutes until translucent. Add the beef and cook two minutes, breaking up the beef as you go.
Stir in the curry powder and lentils, pour in the stock, then simmer hard for 10 minutes.
While the beef is cooking, dice the tomatoes and chop the cilantro roughly, then mix together in a small bowl.  Put the naans briefly in a toaster to warm, then onto a plate. Spoon half of the beef over each naan, then top with a spoonful of the tomato and cilantro salad.


One thought on “AT THE GROCERY STORE

  1. The Indian Beef Recipe looks great Terri! I wish people would keep their kids home as well. There is nothing more irritating than listening to some screaming child trying to get what they want. I feel sorry for the moms. I always got a sitter when I needed to go shopping. I enjoyed the experience a lot more, felt less harassed and the kids always looked forward to my return and any goodies I might have brought home. Do you think it's our age?? Are we turning into old fuddie duddies??? Grumpy old women??

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