Solo Shop

As a city creature, I have no need for a car. But when I manage to get ahold of my mum’s set of wheels, it only means one thing: large grocery haul!

As someone who shops for food frequently (about three of four times a week), my house is usually stocked with the good stuff. But there’s just something about filling a grocery cart full of kitchen staples that feels soooo good.

The priority: stockin’ up and trying something new

After writing and scrapping several lists, I finally nailed one down in order of store flow (this is a weird OCD habit I picked up from my dad). Fruit and veg on the left, refrigerated goods on the right and everything else organized by aisle… extreme? Whatevs, organization is key.

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Some key ingredients in my cart:

  • Lentils – cheap, diverse, high protein
  • Arborio Rice – risotto is life
  • Skyr Yogurt – high protein, low sugar yogurt from Iceland
  • Dijon Mustard – the most versatile condiment used in our home

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Snaps to No Frills for introducing an organic cooler!

Earlier that week I attended the LCBO Flavours of Northern Italy with Chef Giovanna Alonzi of Terroni. As a lover of all things Italiano, I couldn’t wait to dive into some serious flavours. To read more about my cooking class experience, click here!

Following the class, I decided I wanted to tackle a bowl of Casunzei Ampezzani (Agnolotti with beets and ricotta in poppy seed, butter, sage and parmigiano sauce).

Casunzei Amprezzani ingredients: Flour, salted butter, beets, ricotta, goat cheese (not in the recipe but let’s be real, beets and goat cheese belong together), fresh sage, and organic milk

Here’s a recipe from Frankie Cookies that is similar to what I learned in class:

To read more about my experience making Casunzei Ampezzani, click here.

Back to shopping…

Always in the cart: Bananas or apples, gotta have fruit in the house / in my purse / on my desk

Things I never buy: Processed cheese, packaged salad dressings (except for the occasional Renée’s ceasar) and frozen entées

Guilty pleasure: I’m sure you noticed the case of Coca-Cola… don’t judge me, this is my boyfriend’s habit, I only take occasional sips.

Total spent on this haul: $91.86

While pulling out of the Dufferin Mall parking lot, I noticed the Dufferin Grove Farmer’s Market was happening… I drove away swearing because I want / need to make more of an effort to support these wonderful producers. There’s always next Thursday!

There’s always next Thursday!

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