First I picked up one friend and then, we both went to the other friend's house to pick her up. But when we got to her house, she invited us in to have brunch! She had cooked rice, a fish curry, a lentil curry, and made spicy coconut sambol (or relish). So we ate and then, went grocery shopping.
We had originally planned to go to only one store. I bought the majority of the items on my list from there. But they didn't have everything I wanted and so, one of my friends called the other store to find out if they had what I wanted. They did and so, we went there, too.
|November 19 Groceries|
At the first store, I bought:
4 packets of my favorite tea (they finally received their shipment!); $5.49@ (100 tea bags) = $21.96
1 kg. packet of red rice = $2.99
2 x 1 lb. packets of raw whole cashews, $6.79/lb. = $13.58
1 bottle palm treacle = $5.49
2 jars pumpkin preserves; $3.99@ = $7.98
1 jar fried breadfruit chips = $2.99*
1 packet 7 oz/200g sesame candy = ($2.49)**
1 packet 7 oz/200g pappadum; $1.99
1 packet 7 oz/200g of coriander seeds; $1.99
1 packet 2 lb. of mung beans; $3.98
1 bottle almond flavoring; $2.00
1 bottle rose flavoring; $2.00
Total = $66.95
*the price on the jar of fried breadfruit states $3.99, but it looks like I was only charged $2.99 according to the receipt.
**the packet of sesame candy is marked $2.49, but, according to the receipt, I wasn't charged for it!
|Store 1 Receipt|
I didn't check the receipt before I left the store - only checked it when I started to write this post and tried to match the prices to the items. The receipt from the store isn't very helpful as it simply says "groceries" for each item!
|Fried Bread Fruit Chips|
Some of the items I bought are for me to share with my daughter. Some of the items I bought, like the rose flavoring and pumpkin preserves are ingredients for the special cake we are planning to make:
They didn't have the crystallized pumpkin preserves I was hoping to get, so I settled for what they did have, which is the preserves in syrup. It is made with a type of pumpkin known as ash pumpkin because of the ash-like powdery substance on the outside of the peel.
This store didn't have the frozen sweets and desserts that I was wanting to get to serve at the almsgiving. These are items we call "sweetmeats". They are made mostly for special occasions. At one time, I used to make them myself, but it is much easier to buy them ready-made and frozen! My friend called a different Sri Lankan store and they said they had the items I wanted, so we went over there. I bought:
Two packets of "kalu dhodol" (more commonly spelled "dodol") or "black pudding"; $4.99 per packet. "Kalu" means black and refers to the color of the finished product; definitely not to be confused with the blood sausage also known as "black pudding"! The package identifies it as sweetened rice pudding, because it is made of rice flour, jaggery, and coconut milk, often with the addition of some chopped cashews.
|A Type of Rice Pudding/Fudge|
A packet of another type of sweet, called muscat, made of flour, sugar, and ghee, often with the additions of cashews and raisins; $4.99:
Two packets of "konda kavum"; $4.99 per packet. These are known as "oil cakes" and are made with a rice flour and palm treacle batter which is deep fried in coconut oil. Konda means hair and refers to the little knob on the top - it is supposed to resemble the way we traditionally wear our long hair in a "top knot" or bun.
A different type of oil cakes made with the flour of mung beans, mixes with treacle and cooked, then rolled out flat, cut into diamond shapes, dipped in a rice flour and coconut milk batter and deep fried; two packets at $4.99 each.
|Mung Bean Sweets|
|Store 2 Receipt|
After we finished our shopping, I drove my friends home. The first friend I dropped off (the same friend who gave us lunch) invited us to her house for a cup of tea and she made us a snack of a type of Indian flat bread called "paratha", using a package of frozen paratha. She also packed up an extra paratha and some curries for me to bring home for my dinner!
Then, I drove my other friend to her home. But, on the way, we stopped at the Armenian grocery store to pick up a few items I wanted (and she did a bit of shopping, too). I bought:
1 package of sesame crackers = $2.63
2 Granny Smith apples, $.39/lb. = $.48
3 bananas, $.49/lb. = $.51
2 persimmons, $.79/lb. = $.85
1 lb. container of yogurt = $1.99
Total = $6.46
|Store 3 receipt|
Total spent on groceries, today = $110.13
November/Almsgiving grocery budget = $200.00 + $43.34 carried forward from October (which I was going to use to stock up or to buy ingredients for the special Love Cake I am planning to make).
Total spent in Week 3 = $110.13
Total spent on groceries so far this month = $43.48 + $19.70 + $110.13 = $173.31
Amount left in budget = $200-$173.31= $26.69 + $43.34 from October = $70.03
I have now bought just about everything I need for the almsgiving, except for the fresh produce, eggs, and a container of whipped topping for the dessert I plan to make. I will buy them the day before the almsgiving. I have most of the ingredients I need for the cake, too, except for the eggs, semolina, and butter.
After I came home and took the pictures, I put away all the items I bought. By then, it was early evening, so I made a cup of tea and rested. I was tired from all the shopping! I spent the evening speaking on the phone with various family members and friends who called, including a call from a cousin in Australia, and video chatting with my daughter.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to drive and give my friends rides to places they need to go.
- Being able to buy all the items I needed and wanted.
- My friend giving me lunch, a snack, and dinner! Plus enough curries for at least another meal!
- Spending a pleasant afternoon in the company of friends.
- Calls from family and friends.
How is your November grocery shopping coming along? If you are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving, have you bought what you need to make for Thanksgiving?