Later in the morning, I made a card for one of my friends:
After lunch, my friend and I went to the Sri Lankan store. I wanted to buy more tea and some frozen fish, among other things. My friend wanted to buy red rice and a few other items. Unfortunately, they didn't have my favorite tea. I was told they were expecting another shipment in about two or three weeks' time. I have another unopened box of 100 tea bags and a package of loose tea in my cupboard, so I can wait for the shipment.
I took this picture for SandyExpat, who mentioned PGTips tea:
|Display of Teas|
These next two pictures are for Sandy and Sharon and any other British ex-pats who might be feeling a bit homesick - there's a whole section of the store with British products:
|More British Goods|
Next time I'll take a picture of the British biscuits display. The freezer held some black pudding, too, by the way.
I bought the frozen fish I had wanted; it is priced at $4.99/lb. and is available in 10 lb. boxes or individual slices; I bought four slices, priced $2.15 (2 packages), $2.30, and $2.50, depending on the weight; I spent a total of $9.10 for the fish:
|Frozen Slices of Seer Fish|
Dried powdered coconut milk (to be reconstituted with water - 2 tablespoons to 150 ml water for "thick" coconut milk and 1 tablespoon to 150 ml water for "thin" coconut milk); 300g. box, for $3.99:
|Coconut Milk Powder|
No trip to the Sri Lankan store is complete without some special snacks - these are a savory mixture of a type of snack known as "murukku" which look a bit like pieces of noodles that are made with urad (a type of black lentils) flour, lentils, green peas, and nuts that are fried and spiced with salt, chili powder, curry leaves, etc. We usually call it "murukku mixture" or "cocktail mixture"; the 250g (8.8 oz) jar cost $3.99:
|Front of Snack Mix Jar|
The contents are better seen from the back of the jar:
|Snack Mixture Contents|
|Jam and Syrup and Pudding! Oh, my!|
I also decided to try another convenience food - a can of breadfruit curry ($3.99). On previous visits to the store, I've bought the cans of breadfruit in brine, which need to be cooked into a curry. This can contains already curried breadfruit that is ready to eat. I love breadfruit, so I am looking forward to trying this - hopefully I will like it!
|Can of Breadfruit Curry|
And I bought a jar of a tried and true favorite - a spicy onion relish ($4.49) - I had some, the other night, with the last of the pita bread and I noticed that I had almost come to the end of my jar:
|Jar of Spicy Onion Relish|
My total came to $35.43:
|July 15 Grocery Receipt|
Amount spent on groceries so far in July = $34.21 + $2.59 + $35.43 = $72.23
Amount left in the July grocery budget = $103.82 - $72.23 = $31.59
My friend came home with me and we had a cup of tea and chatted a bit before I took her home.
In the evening, I watered the front garden and had a long chat with one of my cousins who called.
Today, I am grateful for:
- A pleasant day in the company of my friend
- Going out to lunch with her
- A visit to the Sri Lankan store
- Being able to buy treats from my country of birth
- Phone calls from cousins
How was your Saturday?