I don't much like grocery shopping. That is, I enjoy wandering around Waitrose or Marks and Spencer picking up the odd thing, but I really don't enjoy the weekly trawl around Asda/Sainsbury for a trolley load. I sometimes order online, but I have not been impressed with the state of some of the things I have had delivered. So I have a new system at the moment, and we'll see how it goes.
Yesterday I did a big online shop from Sainsbury. I spent over £100, so delivery was free (saving £5.99) and I had a coupon for £10 off a £100 shop. I ordered a month's worth of paper products, dog food, and lots of store cupboard essentials and tinned stuff.
We have started having an organic veg box delivered. I was pleasantly surprised at how reasonably priced the goods are, and that the company sell all sorts of other items, not just fruit and vegetables. Last week I ordered a salad box in addition to a medium veg box, some mince, sausages, steak and fish, and a few Ecover laundry and cleaning products which were on special offer.
Our next delivery is due tomorrow. I have decided against the salad box this time, so opting just for the veg. In addition I have ordered a some fruit, chicken, some lamb, sausages and mince. In this way I am hoping to avoid major supermarket trips, though we will probably fill in around the edges from time to time.
It's been fun thinking of ways to use the various things in the veg box. With our first delivery we got a free cookbook, so that has helped with ideas. At the weekend I roasted chicory, onions and apple in a little balsamic vinegar and sugar, to go with the sausages and mashed potatoes we were having for dinner. It's the first time I have ever had chicory, and I found it a little bitter, but the balsamic vinegar and sugar helped. I will share a recipe here from time to time when I come up with something tasty.
I have to admit, though, the artichokes are still looking sideways at me with their little alien faces this morning. I will let you know when I have decided what to do with them...