We’ve had a beautiful sunny week here in Cleethorpes. I have lots of posts to write – I’ve been to Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, and Paris, home of all sorts of famous and infamous figures. Plus I have become guardian of two adorable guinea pigs, but have had to treat both for ringworm (I am now very proficient at getting piggies to take oral medication).
But for now here’s a picture of low tide. The daffodils are blossoming. The robins are singing. It feels like spring. Is it too early for the weather to last? Did the groundhog see his shadow? Does England even have groundhogs?
Also, if you’re local, go get the Canuck approved maple macchiato from Riverhead Coffee. Made with Canadian maple syrup drizzled on top. None of that fake “maple flavour” nonsense. Tastes like winter & home. (I know I keep raving about Riverhead Coffee. They don’t sponsor this blog. Not that I’d object if they wanted to…!)
Ah, I could go for some pancakes with bacon right now. Drenched in maple syrup. Pancakes. Not the crêpes that English people call pancakes. I mean, crêpes are great, but they aren’t the same thing at all, and are definitely not the vehicle for maple syrup delivery.
Thinking about how expensive syrup is here makes me think of all the other foods I took for granted in Canada that are much harder to find. Salsa in bulk quantities, for instance. Fresh guacamole. Pierogies and Polish sausage. Bulk rice of all varieties. Dried chickpeas. Frozen fruit. All things I am used to finding easily in even small grocery stores. There are a good selection of curry sauces and spices here, but they’re all mild. But kale is plentiful and cheap, and the cheese selection here is amazing. Goat cheese doesn’t cost a small fortune, either. And the bread isn’t as full of sugar and additives. Even the cheap loaves at the gas station are relatively sound ingredient-wise. Which is neat.
Though I still can’t get over how many things are labelled “One of your 5 a day” referring to servings of fruits and vegetables. The Canada Food Guide recommends 7-10 for an average adult. Not that any government is the perfect source for nutritional information, but it is interesting what different countries recommend to their population and why. I wonder if it has to do with post-war rationing in England? Or the later economic downturn when fresh produce might have been prohibitively expensive? All just guesses on my part, maybe I should do some looking into it.
This post is a little all over the place. Thanks for bearing with me, dear readers! As Tigger would say: TTFN!