I'm with you Vicki on the caged eggs, I grimace in the supermarket (can't have chookens yet, but so looking forward to when I can). Not to mention the flavour difference. I tried a new (non-cage of course) brand last week, and actually had two double yolkers! Have not seen that in bought eggs in forever, but we always used to get them from our own chooks.
The other one that gets me is that recently I've noticed that all the people we talk to (meat eaters) about planning to have cows when we are on the property (30 days til settlement!) pull faces at the idea of them being sent off to the chop shop and going in the freezer.
Where do people think meat comes from? Its like everything that we buy in the supermarket, people are so disconnected from thesource of food.
I've just come back from a lovely week in Thailand. I was only gone for 9 days, but so much has changed in my 'pot' garden (rental house with just a small patio back yard!)
The cherry tomatoes all have flowers and even some little tomatoes on, the rouge de marmande tomatoes are flowering, the three lemons and limes in pots are all flowering and one has lots of little limes on it, and the peach tree I put in a pot three months ago I have just thinned out to have only a couple of dozen peaches on it, will thin it out more shortly - its only a baby tree! I must have picked off a hundred. Spring onions and basil and radishes and beetroot all doubled in size while I was away. Oh and the parsley all went to seed.
Thaland was great as always, my favourite destination. This time we went to Koh Samet, and island only 3 hours from bangkok (by road and boat) nice clean beaches, lovely food. The monsoon was not quite over, we had a few sudden downpours, which I really like... just sit on the verandah and watch the rain storms blow through. Get a pancake from the pancake carts, noodles from the noodle carts. Lots of relaxing!
Then we had three more days in Bangkok, the highlight of which was finally going to see "Jim Thompson's house" he was an American man who started trading silk internationally before disappearing in Malaysia many years ago, no one knows what happened to him. Anyhow, the tour lady at the house said there are only two silk making families left in Bangkok, if we want to go visit them its walk down there then cross the canal then take the second alley on the right and knock on the third door down the alley if it is not open.
So we did go there (door was open) and we got waved in, two ladies sitting there on the big silk looms, stomping away on pedals and pulling levers and strings, weaving away. They showed us how all of the machines work, and then when the man who spoke English came back, we looked at silk to buy. I was not expecting to buy any, but then... well, I went a little nuts. 15 metres in four different colours (a pale gold/cream, dark lustrous purple, burnt orange, and lovely green). All at 300 baht, or $10, a metre, for beautiful hand operated - machine woven thai silk, from one of the two remaining traditional silk makers in Bangkok. Could not resist. Probably should have bought more.
Now I am not sure exactly what I am going to do with it all....
*and... off topic again, oops.