Old Mother Hubbard’s naughty food

..went to her cupboard and couldn’t find any bloody food that she used to enjoy Down Under!

I’ve been a wee bit disappointed in Blighty, when it comes to food. Oh sure there’s lots of cheap fatty food available. All the pies, chips, grease and studge your clogged arteries could want. But where’s the good food? Why do supermarkets have aisle after aisle of pastry and pizzas and yet the country bemoans its weighty obesity problem.

Can nobody else see the connection?

Dear readers, I confess, I am a foodie. Food snob, tastebud tart..whatever.

In NZ and Australia I got used to eating all the fabulous fresh food and if I couldn’t buy cheap fish I’d throw some $2 per kilo green lipped mussels into my trolley and make up a fabulous mussel pasta dish. Cheap and delish. I was also really into cooking, and a little catering and happily attended cookschools of the great and the good – Annabel Langbein, Annabel White, and others. For $50 I could go along see a great cook demonstrate their recipe, eat the results and enjoy a glass of wine.. what’s not to like!?

I haven’t been able to find a cook school I can afford, and seriously I don’t need to know how to bone a pheasant, I’m just not that posh!  Are there any cook schools that don’t cost a small mortgage to attend? Should I start one – along the lines of ‘you teach best what you need to learn’..

The irony is that I can accept that it’s difficult to find Jaffas, Tim Tams, Cherry Ripes, Pineapple Lumps and other Antipodean delicacies. That’s a given. Though there are some great food stores like kiwifruits New Zealand shop, they also do Aussie and Canadian food and SANZA who will happily supply a taste of home when you need it.

No, the real irony is that it’s the great European food I’m missing. Down Under, I loved the European grocery stores like Sabato, and Nosh (near me in Glen Innes..is it still there?) and would happily purchase up European goodies like big fat juicy olives and proscuitto and anchovies.

I’ve been a little bit disappointed. I know I live in the wop wops and not in London where all the goodies are, but English foodies please tell me…where oh where do you buy your gastronomic miracles? I think I ate fresh fish well over 20 months ago. Where can I get excellent fish, oysters, scallops, mussels? Why can’t we import them from NZ? With airfreight as it is, surely we could.

Does anybody import Bluff Oysters?

Where can I go to fill my cupboards? Don’t tell me France, I’ll get there eventually – quite possibly on a bicycle. What are the names of the best providores in England! I want names, addresses, website urls, and phone numbers!

I went to the local market on Sunday to pick up some meat and vege and I was really pleased with the freshness and quality of the produce. Yes they were all misshapen, but that’s how they are on the plant! I do not need my bananas to be ramrod straight!

Seriously what do some people do with their food that they need absolutely straight bananas? What’s next melons in a perfect D cup? Are people really naughty with their food?

The market was ok and local and cheap, but there was a limited supply of veges.

So English foodies – Utterlyscrummy, EnglishMum, eggscreamhoney – where do you buy your food?

I’m dying here. Need. Yummy. Food. Now.

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'Old Mother Hubbard’s naughty food' has 14 comments

  1. April 12, 2010 @ 12:22 pm utterlyscrummy

    Bring on the cheap Kaimoana! You are so right the supermarkets here are full of cheap, calorie laden, artificial tasting crap! OK rant over. I use a great local butcher and deli that are fab and cheap but excellent quality food. If I want stuff delivered I use these sites:

    http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/ – great fresh fish and meat, veg not bad either.

    http://www.riverford.co.uk/ – not too bad, bit pricey though but have deli stuff.

    http://www.seafooddirect.co.uk/ – have NZ green lipped mussles from Sealord (frozen though)

    Hope this helps lovely. xx

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  2. April 12, 2010 @ 12:22 pm utterlyscrummy

    Bring on the cheap Kaimoana! You are so right the supermarkets here are full of cheap, calorie laden, artificial tasting crap! OK rant over. I use a great local butcher and deli that are fab and cheap but excellent quality food. If I want stuff delivered I use these sites:

    http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/ – great fresh fish and meat, veg not bad either.

    http://www.riverford.co.uk/ – not too bad, bit pricey though but have deli stuff.

    http://www.seafooddirect.co.uk/ – have NZ green lipped mussles from Sealord (frozen though)

    Hope this helps lovely. xx

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  3. April 12, 2010 @ 12:50 pm JulieB

    Since having kids and working, I don't get much time to peruse the markets/supermarkets etc, so have to rely on deliveries a lot of the time – I like using Ocado if I am feeling flush (and they often seem to send me discount vouchers), as they have stuff that is a little out of the ordinary.

    http://www.taste.gb.com/index.php – love to pop in here if we ever fly from Bristol airport, as it's on the way home. Great seafood – no idea if they deliver though, sorry! Other than that, occasionally use Abel & Cole (as recommended by utterlyscrummy).

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  4. April 12, 2010 @ 12:22 pm utterlyscrummy

    Bring on the cheap Kaimoana! You are so right the supermarkets here are full of cheap, calorie laden, artificial tasting crap! OK rant over. I use a great local butcher and deli that are fab and cheap but excellent quality food. If I want stuff delivered I use these sites:

    http://www.abelandcole.co.uk/ – great fresh fish and meat, veg not bad either.

    http://www.riverford.co.uk/ – not too bad, bit pricey though but have deli stuff.

    http://www.seafooddirect.co.uk/ – have NZ green lipped mussles from Sealord (frozen though)

    Hope this helps lovely. xx

    Reply

  5. April 12, 2010 @ 12:50 pm JulieB

    Since having kids and working, I don’t get much time to peruse the markets/supermarkets etc, so have to rely on deliveries a lot of the time – I like using Ocado if I am feeling flush (and they often seem to send me discount vouchers), as they have stuff that is a little out of the ordinary.

    http://www.taste.gb.com/index.php – love to pop in here if we ever fly from Bristol airport, as it’s on the way home. Great seafood – no idea if they deliver though, sorry! Other than that, occasionally use Abel & Cole (as recommended by utterlyscrummy).

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  6. April 12, 2010 @ 1:35 pm expatmum

    It must also depend on where you live in the UK. When I’m “home” in the north east of England the fish is amazing. There’s a huge fish market at North Shields where you can go to buy, but they also stock many of the local supermarkets.
    What a shame for you. I hope you find some good connections.

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  7. April 12, 2010 @ 2:23 pm Muddling Along

    My saviour in the sticks has been organic delivery – great veggies and now great meat and treats, can’t understand why we don’t have a lovely little deli in town but we don’t so I’m stuck with them

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  8. April 12, 2010 @ 1:35 pm expatmum

    It must also depend on where you live in the UK. When I'm “home” in the north east of England the fish is amazing. There's a huge fish market at North Shields where you can go to buy, but they also stock many of the local supermarkets.
    What a shame for you. I hope you find some good connections.

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  9. April 12, 2010 @ 2:23 pm Muddling Along Mummy

    My saviour in the sticks has been organic delivery – great veggies and now great meat and treats, can't understand why we don't have a lovely little deli in town but we don't so I'm stuck with them

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  10. April 13, 2010 @ 1:14 am Cate

    I have a friend over there who has been known to do coach/ferry day trips across the channel to stock up on food in France, as he couldn't find what he was used to in Oz & NZ.

    Oh – and Nosh is still there 😉

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  11. April 13, 2010 @ 1:14 am Cate

    I have a friend over there who has been known to do coach/ferry day trips across the channel to stock up on food in France, as he couldn’t find what he was used to in Oz & NZ.

    Oh – and Nosh is still there 😉

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  12. April 13, 2010 @ 3:33 am IotaM

    Do you have a local farmers’ market?

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  13. April 13, 2010 @ 3:33 am IotaM

    Do you have a local farmers' market?

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  14. April 13, 2010 @ 4:33 am IotaM

    Do you have a local farmers' market?

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