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2 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

 

Mark, have you like me found that tagliatelle is one of those pastas that can vary in width between linguine and fettuccini?

Ooh, now you're asking. That one was billed as tagliatelle. Wider than either. Probably. That's as far as my linguinistics goes, I'm afraid.

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12 hours ago, Bryan said:

 

I wonder when the word latte entered the UK vocabulary Edo. I'd always called it milky coffee until one day,. I think at a museum in London, I asked for that and the girl serving said do you mean a latte? Maybe the usage took time to spread to the provinces.

 

Reminds me of when I called in at the coffee/bookshop at Inverkirkaig in the far north-west of Scotland a few years ago.  I asked for a cappuccino and was told "Oh sorry... cappuccino hasn't reached this far north yet!"

 

With or without cappuccino though it's well worth a visit - but then I can't resist a good bookshop (or a good coffee shop) - Achins Bookshop

 

 

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6 hours ago, Dyn Llun said:

The Italian and cafe and coffee culture arrived in Wales many generations ago with the influx of Italian immigrants. Gorgeous 16 year old, long black hair, leaning against a Vespa scooter in a piazza in Rome. She asked for a photograph of me. I duly sent one and never heard from her again.......

 

Sad about the girl 😢 but a nice story.

 

The Italians do get around. I don't remember any Italian restaurants years ago in the NE, but there were several families selling ice cream, at least one of which is still in business. The names Minchella and Dragone spring to mind.

 

These days there are pizza places in every town. Should you find yourself in Durham post lockdown,  La Spaghetta, is my favourite Italian restaurant. You can't book in advance, you will probably have to queue,  and it's often full of students, but there's a great atmosphere and very good food at reasonable prices.  Not part of a chain to the best of my knowledge,  we've been going for years and never been disappointed.

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4 hours ago, Bryan said:

The Italians do get around.

We've got Florentines operating a pizza and Italian food place here in Jinotega, Nicaragua (population around 50K).  We have had Chinese restaurants but not all Chinese can cook.  Ours used instant ramen and steam table canned vegetables and is now closed.   Mexican here is like Chinese in the US.   Cuban restaurants, too, the fraternal ex-socialist brothers.   One Cuban restaurant here, more elsewhere.   One otherwise Nicaraguan restaurant in Jinotega serves sushi (how safe, I dunno).

 

Everywhere in the world seems to have people from everywhere else in the world these days.

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4 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Betty, what do you put in your meatballs; they look good and they are not too big. They look . . . Italian.

Ed, I’m rather ashamed to admit they are Italian meatballs from the market’s frozen food section. There are Swedish also available but I only like the Italian.
I used to make my own Italian style recipe, and a few times just a meat sauce. A few years ago I discovered these, and they are just as good (or almost) as what I made and a whole lot less trouble.
With my back issues, I can’t handle standing in the kitchen and make time-consuming complicated recipes like I used to.  I just put them straight out of the freezer into my sauce and simmer for awhile. 
When I make pies these days, I usually make the pastry one day, refrigerate it, then make the filling the next and bake, or my day is ruined. I absolutely refuse to buy frozen pastry. I’m a pie snob. ☺️

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That makes total sense, Betty. This dish I get at Marks and Spencer Foodhall.  It's microwave ready and it's not bad. The meatballs they get just right, a mix of beef and pork and herbs and breadcrumbs. There tomato sauce is a bit sweet. I add some sea salt to rebalance it.  I add olive oil and cheese too.

 

 

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Hey guys I am reading this at 10.00 in the morning and you are making me hungry already.

 

I am having a Tesco Indian Butter Chicken meal from the microwave today at lunchtime. They are quite nice. I add some mango chutney and have a slice of garlic Ciabatta on the side.

 

Allan

 

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Unfortunately if I want M&S food it is a car journey of 8 miles across Lincoln City taking 23 minutes plus the return. Wish there was an M&S on my local business park which is only 2.5 miles and 5 minutes away. That is where my Tesco store is along with Aldi, Lidl and Lincoln Co-op. I would even settle for a Waitrose. Never tried Aldi or Lidl and for some reason don't want to join the throng in those stores.

 

All store names used above in the interests of equal advertising.

 

Allan

 

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11 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

Unfortunately if I want M&S food it is a car journey of 8 miles across Lincoln City taking 23 minutes plus the return. Wish there was an M&S on my local business park which is only 2.5 miles and 5 minutes away. That is where my Tesco store is along with Aldi, Lidl and Lincoln Co-op. I would even settle for a Waitrose. Never tried Aldi or Lidl and for some reason don't want to join the throng in those stores.

 

All store names used above in the interests of equal advertising.

 

Allan

 

Is the traffic so bad that it takes that long? I can go 8 miles in Wichita in about 10 minutes, including stop lights. 

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13 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

 Never tried Aldi or Lidl and for some reason don't want to join the throng in those stores.

 

My nearest supermarket is Aldi which is about 15minutes walk away.  I always go mid week late evening around 8:30pm - always almost deserted.  Never had to queue once during the whole Covid thing and they do some good wines!

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18 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

Unfortunately if I want M&S food it is a car journey of 8 miles across Lincoln City taking 23 minutes plus the return. Wish there was an M&S on my local business park which is only 2.5 miles and 5 minutes away. That is where my Tesco store is along with Aldi, Lidl and Lincoln Co-op. I would even settle for a Waitrose. Never tried Aldi or Lidl and for some reason don't want to join the throng in those stores.

 

All store names used above in the interests of equal advertising.

 

Allan

 

 

Having finally  managed to persuade Sainsbury's that we exist as long standing customers we are now buying most stuff as click and collect or for  delivery and avoiding having to enter shops as much as possible. A lady in my wife's choir works at Sainsbury's and she has caught the bug, to quote, "staff are going down like flies" . She's ok and I suspect that's a considerable exaggeration, but there is a risk involved in shopping (and working in a shop). She also said that a customer told her that her husband had the virus, it beggars belief that some people don't appear to understand the importance of self isolation, but there you go.

 

However the main reason for this post is to point out that Aldi and Lidl offer some great stuff at very reasonable prices. Lidl stores come with an in shop bakery and they make lovely fresh croissants. At Aldi you can buy good quality tinned stuff at very competitive prices. Another great value store is Iceland, you can buy the same branded products as offered by the bigger players for much less, and they offer a free delivery service, provided you spend enough. Post covid we'll be back to using all of these companies.

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5 hours ago, Vincent Lowe said:

 

My nearest supermarket is Aldi which is about 15minutes walk away.  I always go mid week late evening around 8:30pm - always almost deserted.  Never had to queue once during the whole Covid thing and they do some good wines!

 

And excellent vintage cheeses at good prices, my favourites are Caledonian and Barbers cheddar, and their Red Fox Red Leicester.

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On 12/12/2020 at 02:46, Ed Rooney said:

That makes total sense, Betty. This dish I get at Marks and Spencer Foodhall.  It's microwave ready and it's not bad. The meatballs they get just right, a mix of beef and pork and herbs and breadcrumbs. There tomato sauce is a bit sweet. I add some sea salt to rebalance it.  I add olive oil and cheese too.

 

 

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That looks as good as the picture on the packet!

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10 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Is the traffic so bad that it takes that long? I can go 8 miles in Wichita in about 10 minutes, including stop lights. 

 

Have to travel through the City and yes the traffic is horrendous. Should get better when they open the new bypass.

 

Allan

 

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8 hours ago, Vincent Lowe said:

 

My nearest supermarket is Aldi which is about 15minutes walk away.  I always go mid week late evening around 8:30pm - always almost deserted.  Never had to queue once during the whole Covid thing and they do some good wines!

 

Thank you Vincent but it would be the food I need. Do not drink alcohol.

 

Allan

 

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3 hours ago, Bryan said:

 

Having finally  managed to persuade Sainsbury's that we exist as long standing customers we are now buying most stuff as click and collect or for  delivery and avoiding having to enter shops as much as possible. A lady in my wife's choir works at Sainsbury's and she has caught the bug, to quote, "staff are going down like flies" . She's ok and I suspect that's a considerable exaggeration, but there is a risk involved in shopping (and working in a shop). She also said that a customer told her that her husband had the virus, it beggars belief that some people don't appear to understand the importance of self isolation, but there you go.

 

However the main reason for this post is to point out that Aldi and Lidl offer some great stuff at very reasonable prices. Lidl stores come with an in shop bakery and they make lovely fresh croissants. At Aldi you can buy good quality tinned stuff at very competitive prices. Another great value store is Iceland, you can buy the same branded products as offered by the bigger players for much less, and they offer a free delivery service, provided you spend enough. Post covid we'll be back to using all of these companies.

 

Thank you for the insight of their food lines.

 

Allan

 

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1 hour ago, sb photos said:

 

And excellent vintage cheeses at good prices, my favourites are Caledonian and Barbers cheddar, and their Red Fox Red Leicester.

 

Again thank you for the information on the food lines.

 

Allan

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10 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Is the traffic so bad that it takes that long? I can go 8 miles in Wichita in about 10 minutes, including stop lights. 


You’ve not experienced driving in the UK Betty?!? 

Pre Covid we used to go by bus the 3 miles into Oxford, now (very occasionally) we go in by car. 

A few days ago the journey in was a bit slow because of roadworks. On the way out the traffic was backed up all the way past the car park  so we went the long way round, about 8 miles. Took us about 40 minutes to get home! Could have walked it in that time! 

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8 hours ago, Vincent Lowe said:

 

My nearest supermarket is Aldi ..................and they do some good wines!

Agreed. And now I’ve discovered free delivery over £30 I don’t need to lug it home! 

 

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7 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

I suppose I will have to bite the bullet and try these other stores sometime.

 

Allan

 

 

I’m a committed Aldi shopper (with a bit of Waitrose on the side) Luckily they’re very close to each other.

Personally I think a lot of Aldi products are better, and much cheaper, than Waitrose. The main plus point to Waitrose is that I scan my shopping on their phone app and pay with my phone to so no-one handles my food and I don’t touch any machines. 

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