Hello, I’m back from my holidays at home with my family in Ireland. The weather was quite cold but bright and sunny. I ended up doing my part two of my shopping plan there, as my wages didn’t come in until Wednesday, which worked out ok. I went to two charity shops that I thought are worth a mention, which are :
Irish Wheelchair Association Charity Shop, John Street, Ardee, Co. Louth (didn’t buy anything but they had a lot of nice dresses)
Vincent’s (SVP Charity Shop), now located at Park Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth (I got a pretty scarf and two small “going out” bags)
I mostly brought back crisps for my boyfriend since they are very expensive here, and some other things like custard.
I also watched a very informative programme on TV called Rip Off Food about food fraud. They talked about Pangasius fish which is also known as “River Cobbler”. This is a very popular fish sold frozen in Germany which is apparently a more sustainable option than cod, but is being mixed in with other supermarket ready-fish-dishes and sold as more expensive cod. They also told about how cheaper extra virgin olive oils are “watered down” (practically undetectable up to 10%) with hazelnut oil and how frozen pizza ham is usually made from turkey. I was also surprised that “analogue cheese” is not just a German expression for tasteless cheese, but is a real product, mostly used on frozen pizzas which is made from vegetable oils rather than milk. Can they still call this cheese? Watching this programme made me glad that I make a lot of what we eat from scratch :)