Sunday, December 18, 2011

A question of balance


I just clicked on that Coles Competition again and lo and behold, I now have two icons for Coles on my facebook page. I couldn’t delete them, so I have added two for The Ethical Consumers Group, in the interests of balance and to show that as usual, I am in two minds. I just have to go along with with Lisa Alther (Kinflicks, 1975) who said,
"I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic."
I do have to get my organic, green, free -range, recycled toilet paper from somewhere as I am not yet into crafting my own and I still buy coffee and canned goods there too. If we had an Aldi, I would shop there as they source 80% of their products from Australian companies. I do however, like it that Coles does home delivery. That means that about 130 people a day are NOT driving their cars across town to pick up their shopping and it saves time standing around at checkouts and buying additional things you would never have thought of, if you hadn’t gone into the store. My other goods are purchased either at the market or from local shops, even if it costs a bit more. I want them to be there so I don’t have to drive miles just to pick up a litre of milk because there’s a $50 minimum order for deliveries.


 If you want the drum on supermarkets in Australia read this:
http://www.ethical.org.au/issues/?issue=16 or watch  one of several excellent videos on the subject on YouTube

Meanwhile, I am trying not to buy anything perishable at the moment as I am going away in a few days.  Still haven’t bought muesli, so today’s culinary experiment is Hazelnut Pancakes.

First I made them with cinnamon and a drizzle of honey and homemade yoghurt (I have found that my hotwater cylinder cupboard is an excellent place for making yoghurt and Kefir (buttermilk) which I really got addicted to in Russia) but then I rediscovered some of those vials of drinking choc. that come with the cappuccino sachets I use in the van and I must say, they are quite delicious with chocolate too.

The ones that are left I will have with chives and sour cream when I get some. These pancakes freeze quite well if you put layers of baking paper between them.

Sunday morning breakfast

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