Monday, March 30, 2009
For a long time I have been stuck in a bit of a rut with certain items I buy on a regular basis from our local supermarkets. Because in the UK I always bought Kellogs cornflakes, Kleenex tissues and Heinz tomato ketchup I carried on doing so out here, despite the increased cost of these non-homegrown products. It was an automatic thing and I never stopped to think about the fact that there were French equivalents until a little while ago when I read an article discussing the question of additives in food. It turns out that far fewer additives are allowed to be, well, added out here and it made me take stock really - it was time to explore French alternatives. I switched to La Reva cornflakes, Lotus tissues and Bouton D'or ketchup and guess what - the sauce and the cereal taste better. Really they do and they are loads cheaper.
Talking of cheaper I've also begun to have Lidl love. For a long time I didn't go to our local store thinking because of its reputation for low cost food it meant that the item would not taste as good as 'regular fare'. How wrong I was - some of their products* have now become staple items in our shopping and the freezer is packed full because once they sell out of a particular line it seems to be ages until they get stocks back in. There is an aisle of ever-changing things for the household/garden/leisure pursuits and even though I never thought I would end up as someone cruising for a bargain, that is indeed what has happened.
So if you are lucky enough to have a Lidl store near you go and embrace it - you'll be surprised and, if you already shop there, please leave your recommendations below.
*Lidl items we now make a point of buying are Bellarom Café Expresso ground coffee which is the loveliest coffee that I've ever had from a cafetiere; marinaded lamb steaks from New Zealand which are delicious cooked in the griddle pan; their Swiss muesli bars which are just €1.22 for eight bars;their locally-sourced chicken fillets at €4,40 for 600 gr and their fruit and veg which seem to be fresher than even our local market.