Adventures in Grocery Guesses

My house is a strange place to be on a Friday night.

I’ve never seen the appeal in going out and whooping it up, just because it’s Friday, (The fact that I just used the phrase “whooping it up” probably already tells you so much more than you need to know), but once in a while, I feel like I should at least acknowledge the fact that it’s Friday night.

Sorry…let me pause here. I also feel like I should acknowledge the fact that I haven’t posted in over a month. So let’s just get that cleared up right now. I was on holiday…and now I’m back from my holiday with lots of things to say…but I’ve discovered that blog posts take so much longer to write when I actually think about what I’m writing.

(Hopefully that same thinking + writing = time problem won’t decide to rear it’s ugly head as I finish writing my thesis…)

As I continue to process my holiday, and work on a few ‘thinky’ posts, I’ll use this Friday night to get back into the swing of things. I thought it might be nice to start with a little quiz. A grocery quiz. You see, when I was doing my undergrad, I loved doing my grocery shopping late, late, late at night for two reasons:

#1. I loved gliding down the empty aisles using my shopping cart as a giant cumbersome scooter, with my midriff balanced on the handlebar. It’s best to do this in the cereal aisle, not the jam-jar or garden rake aisles. Because, you know, safety first and all that.

#2. People shopping at midnight buy some weird stuff. I liked trying to come up with stories that would explain why the middle-age woman in front of me was buying baby powder, jumper cables, and a can of peanuts…or why the 20-something man behind me was buying 3 bags of dried lentils and a box of toaster strudel.

This where you, and the quiz, come in. As I mentioned earlier, I like to at least acknowledge that it’s Friday night. I feel like I should do something different. I should learn something new…or better yet, I should learn something old. I should resurrect some long-forgotten skill of my ancestors. Like the Friday night that this happened.

Tonight’s adventure included a late-ish trip to the grocery store (sadly, none of them are open 24-hours here) and these items:

P1020785In case the picture isn’t clear, that’s 7 litres of milk, 1/2 a litre of buttermilk, 2 bottles of wine, 2 mason jars and a stack of disposable metal bowls.

What’s happening at my cottage tonight? Leave your guesses in the comments below!

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10 thoughts on “Adventures in Grocery Guesses

  1. 1) You and Catticus are getting crunk! Wine for you, milk for him, a new bowl or jar for each new drink!

    2) Blackberry wine cake, though I think manischewitz is usually mechaya for that recipe. I’m also not sure about the 7 liters of milk…

    3) Musical Instruments! Fill each bowl and jar up with different amounts of different liquids with different consistencies. Hit with a spoon and you’ve got yourself a homemade glockenspiel!

  2. If you’re doing what I think you’re doing, we definitely need a follow-up! The wine is to get you through the process with your sanity intact.

  3. Great guesses! Thanks for playing! Emily, now I really want some eggnog…but Natasha is the overall winner (I made cheese), and Jennifer correctly assumed that the wine was an accompaniment to the actual recipes. I made cheddar and paneer (Kathy, do you really want me to send you Paneer?)

    • Why would you ever make paneer when you could make any other kind of cheese? My feelings on paneer are 1) not a real cheese 2) flavorless, which is why you have to mix it with so many other things 3) not a sufficient substitute for cream cheese when you want some good cheesecake. Conclusion: not worth the calories.

      In related news, I made sour cream today! I bet the methods aren’t so different…

      Were they successful? I’m especially interested in this cheddar, but I guess if you know if it’s tasty then it probably wasn’t called aged cheddar.

      • LOL, Kathy, I love the texture of paneer, and a fridge full of paneer gives me a reason to practice my Indian cooking skills. =)

        The cheddar had a nice flavour, but the curds didn’t form properly. I’ll try again soon and make a few changes. Good job on your sour cream! (Did you make it on purpose, or did you accidentally leave the milk outside?)

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