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Shopping Around the World September

Here is my contribution to Bacon and Fozzie’s monthly “Shopping Around the World” feature. It was supposed to be Wednesday but that’s my flash fiction day, and I was busy yesterday.

This month is all about fruit and vegetables! I Googled what “fruit and vegetables” are, so I’m ready to go. Here are the results from the Cornwall, UK jury!

I don’t buy apples, but I’ve looked up the prices. There are so many different types of apple. Who knew? You can get a pack of 7 “Goodness” apples for £1.35 (US$2.19, €1.73). They must be the cheap brand. Good old Granny Smiths are £1.75 (US$2.84, €2.24) for 5.

I like strawberries! I went to pick my own last month and got quite a few for £1.65 (US$2.68, €2.11). In the shop, they’re £2.00 (US$3.25, €2.56) for 300g.

I don’t buy (or eat) carrots, but I’ve looked up the prices. £0.80 (US$1.30, €1.02) for a kg. Yucky little orange things.

Green Beans
beans? That’s obviously a typo. Everyone knows beans are orange and come in tomato sauce. That’s food 101, that is.

Heinz Beans

There you go. £0.42 (US$0.68, €0.54) for a 150g can.

I’ve heard of this. It’s that tasteless green leafy stuff, right? £0.49 (US$0.80, €0.63) each. If I were you, I’d spend your 49p on a can of beans, and have change left over.

Random fruit if your choice
I’m going to go for Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut bar. It’s got “fruit” in the title, so that counts. I don’t like nuts and I hate raisins, but fortunately it’s mostly chocolate. That’s £1.40 ($US2.28, €1.79) for a 120g bar. Here’s a photo.

Fruit And Nut bar

Mmm, Fruit and… HEY!

It was me.
Who said that?
Me. I ate your chocolate bar. It was me.
We’ll have words later.

Random vegetable of your choice
Potato. I like to bake potatoes. Then I add a ton of butter and chuck chilli all over it, so not quite as healthy as it might be. £2.00 (US$3.25, €2.56) for 2.5kg.

See you all again next month for more Shopping Around the World mayhem!

  1. NotAPunkRocker
    September 26, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Cadbury Fruit & Nut Bar? I have enough trouble finding the Roasted Almond ones anymore. Between this and the fish and chips post, I think I may have to ignore your blog for a little bit.


    • September 26, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      Nooo, don’t go 😦 No more food posts are planned, promise!


  2. September 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I love this monthly post!


  3. September 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    For some reason, these shopping around the world posts are fascinating to me. I don’t know how much any of those things cost here, but $2.28 seems awfully high for a chocolate bar.


    • September 26, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      It surprised the hell out of me. But I had to buy one and eat it for my photo 😉


      • September 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm

        Obviously. Strictly in the name of research of course. 😉


        • September 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm

          Never has research tasted so scrummy.


          • September 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

            I may have to do some of my own research after I have my fish and chips.


  4. September 26, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Ali, I’m totally out of touch with what things cost in the West. I’d probably get sticker shock. Well done. I loved the photo of the bar you’d eaten. 🙂 —Susan


    • September 26, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      It’s all a bit pricey 😦 I had to make the sacrifice to eat the chocolate bar for the good of the post 😉


  5. Lyn
    September 26, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    You don’t like apples??? You should try Pink Lady apples, they are the absolute best apples. LOL also the most expensive. At the moment they are around AU$4.65 for 5. Based on the AU$ being worth £0.53 at the moment that makes them about £2.51. Lettuce are £1.07 each very expensive rabbit food. Baked beans are a much better option 😀


    • September 27, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Apples are fine, but sometimes they make my mouth feel a bit dry for some reason. You’re pretty much bang on with your Pink Lady pricing – I checked online and they’re currently £2.50 for 5 (usually £3.00 for five).
      Bring on the beans (baked)!


  6. September 26, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I’m definitely with you on the Cadbury’s. And I didn’t eat it! I swear!


  7. September 27, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Cadbury bars are about the same price here, possibly a little higher.
    I love cooked carrots, navy beans, pinto beans, red beans, not Lima beans, yuck!
    These posts are fun


    • September 27, 2014 at 7:07 am

      For some reason I don’t get on with carrots (though I will eat them, I’m not a kid!). Cabbage, swede, Brussel sprouts – they’re my favourite veg.


      • September 28, 2014 at 12:22 am

        Carrots are tricky, they have to be cooked with a roast in juices or with a glaze. Plain cooked carrots I don’t like either.
        Zucchini is good as is broccoli . Depends entirely on preparation.


        • September 28, 2014 at 9:06 am

          That’s true about carrots. I bet they’d be great when cooked along with the roast.
          I forgot broccoli, I like that as well. I cant remember the last time I ate courgette (=zucchini).


  8. September 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Hehehehe…Granny says, that this is an ordinary men’s household..beans and chocolates with fruits… Better you get yourself some mackerel and tuna out of a can, Draliman, for your protein and omega…and some company..MOI 😀 Pawkisses for a Healthy Evening 🙂


  9. September 30, 2014 at 1:40 am

    Small zucchini slice about 1/4+ ” –
    brown slices in 1-2 tblsp olive oil add whipped eggs, flipping gently for a fast healthy breakfast. Glazed chopped onions also go well with zucchini.
    Change up with diced cooked tomatoes with cooked onions.
    The key I slightly cooked before adding eggs.


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