Since we’ve moved here, shopping for groceries has become an event. I imagine it would be a fairly big ordeal with a new baby anyway, but add in new brands, different foods, etc and it gets a bit insane. Thankfully, Mr. Jones is quite patient and will push Charlie around in the cart (er, trolly) while I go from aisle to aisle and back again.
I thought I’d share a specific example from the past week of why shopping always takes longer than we plan. We were having friends over for pizza, so we stopped to pick up a few things at Morrisions in Cwmbran (I’m not generally a big fan of Morrisons, but the one in Cwmbran is brand new and has a massive fruit and veg section). I planned to grab two balls of pre-made pizza dough, which Publix (my favorite shop back home) always has at their bakery. So I checked at the bakery–nope. They had to ask three different people, the last one saying maybe it was in the ready-made food area. I went over there and no, but the man in that aisle thought maybe they’d have it in the pizza bakery in front (oh, they have one of those?). Again, I asked three different people in that department, all of whom looked at me like I was insane. They finally took me to the ready-made pizzas and pointed out a Boboli-style pre-baked base. Nope, not what we were looking for.
New plan–we’ll make our own dough. So I use my phone to look up a Jamie Oliver dough recipe…right, just need flour. Go to the flour aisle, where there are fifty different kinds of flour, but not the kind the recipe calls for. I google for a substitution and find one. Next, sugar (three aisles away)–again, fifty different kinds to sort through. Finally, picking up the last few things, I head to the check-out (er…till).
Whew. And that was just for one item! Every week it gets a bit easier, but there are those inevitable things on my list that just don’t exist over here, and sometimes they don’t even have anything remotely similar (I’m looking at you, Nilla Wafers, Root Beer and Graham Crackers). I’ve been trying to use more UK recipes (like ones by Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson) because most of the time I can count on the ingredients being in stock. It also makes measuring easier, since recipes here use the metric system. Still, I do love me some Pioneer Woman recipes, and so I will forever be converting and substituting.
I’ll have to take some photos and do a “tour” of some of the supermarkets here eventually, but for now you’ve got a peek into life here. Most things take a bit longer than we plan, but we are forever learning!