Don’t get any farfalle

Shopping list have been few and far between in these days of Covid-19, but G.O.B. (*) came up trumps for us. He found this rather battered example in his shopping cart at New World, in Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand.

Taranaki is a region on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is named after the Taranaki Volcano, which looks like this:


I borrowed this image from G.O.B. who has a view of this old thing from one of his windows. I’m not sure which window that is. Now I had better go and ask him if it is okay to use it, before I post this and he sues me. 

I’m back, and after a bit of applied whinery and bribery, I may share it with you. Thanks, Bruce.

Enough of the preamble, let’s visit the star of the show. It looks like a list that was  written for another person to do the shopping. 

So 6 chicken breasts, but only 2 chicken thighs? This imbalance will bother me for ages. Make darn sure those thighs are skinless and boneless.

Pork loin steaks: I wish I knew how they prepared them. My attempts at cooking pork ends up in a dish that is either tasteless or dry. Or, both at once, come to think of it.

Then brocholini [sic] x 3, a very healthy choice. Eggs, tea bags (oh, boy, a choice has to be made about the type) and Persil liquid. I have now discovered that “Persil laundry detergent is New Zealand’s leading laundry detergent. Persil is designed to give outstanding whiteness and brightness in all water temperatures.” Do you use this, Bruce? 

Now, why were the farfella [sic] rejected? Did the list writer discover a packet hidden in the pantry? Or was there a sudden aversion to this shape of pasta? I must admit to rarely using farfalle, but I do love their name. You probably all know that it means butterfly in Italian.

Farfalle - Wikipedia

Susie, if you’re reading this, I know what you’re thinking: no wine on that list. 

(* )  G.O.B. is Good Old Bruce who pens a daily post on this site:  Here it is!

Most of his writings end in the death of at least one character. But, he really is a nice fellow!


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36 responses to “Don’t get any farfalle

  1. Just poppin’ in to say “Hey” and “I hope you are doing okay!” 🙂
    And to leave some (((HUGS))), of course! 😀
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  2. I love your shopping lists, Yvonne. And this one’s a gem. Strangely, I first encountered Persil when we were living in Khartoum, Sudan. Go figure! And as for the farfalle, as kids we grew up calling it “Bow Ties.” Farfalle sounds so much prettier. 🙂 ~Terri

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  3. How fun to find your list series again. I had no idea what Persil was so thanks for the explanation. Definitely a meat loving household?

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    • Hi Sue! I enjoyed your contributions to Galivance’s blog the other day.

      How are you and your mom?

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      • Thanks for reading!
        Mom is doing pretty well. She has another follow up CT scan tomorrow actually but it seems her surgery and subsequent radiation now almost two years ago has been successful.
        I am fine. Leading a much quieter life since COVId but it has been good to slow down and reset some life priorities.
        How have you been?

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  4. I know the name Persil but can’t remember if it was from here in Australia. What I do remember is Surf and Fab, which led to the joke, ‘Let’s go down to the surf, it’s fab!’

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  5. Pork and loin steaks, grill both sides but half way through grilling the second side cover with French mustard and brown sugar, results in caramelised pork, and very tasty.
    Persil still on sale over here too. 🙂

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  6. Well, the skinless, boneless thighs are easier to stuff. Otherwise you have to de-bone…This was an admirable, if meat-heavy list. I hope they have a garden, but then, it’s winter there…maybe they had a garden and canned stuff? Re the pork loin chops, the trick is to cook them slowly. Season as you would like, put in a covered pan on low heat (oil in pan of course) and let things take their course. Turn as they brown.

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  7. I am a family of one, and have to cater for a picky eater!

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  8. We have a division of tastes in our family so I always cook breasts and thighs in an attempt to satisfy everyone.

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  9. Caroline

    What a beautiful place.
    Persil was one of the best-known detergents in Britain too when I was a kid. When we learned French at school, we found it hilarious that persil is French for parsley!
    In our house we only ever use farfalle in one recipe, with black cabbage – I suppose they go well together as they are both very robust ingredients?

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    • New Zealand is such a beautiful country. Bruce has found a very lovely spot. They live in a rural area, so he has animals, including a goat, and a wonderful garden.

      How are you folks? Have a spritz for me, please. xxx


  10. I didn’t know the Italian for butterfly 🙂

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  11. What a great find/list that G.O.B shared! 🙂
    Farfella are wonderful. Too bad they make the list. If they weren’t needed now, they won’t fly away…they could be enjoyed another day. 😉
    Ha 😀 on your comment on the chicken! When my MIL came for a meal and we were serving chicken we always had to buy extra legs and thighs as those were her favourite pieces. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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  12. One of the best things about living solo is you can come home with wrong stuff all the time and you have probably forgotten it anyway. Wanted to make chicken soup ‘cos I’ve got the lurghi. I got everything. all the vegetables and coffee and milk and bread but forgot chicken thighs and onion. It’s not the same without chicken.

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    • I’m sorry you’re under the weather, John. That’s sad about forgetting the main ingredient. Blame it on the dreaded lurgy. (I note your spell yours using some romantic language! Hah, I just found out it is British slanguage.)

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  13. I only looked at it because you pointed out that a second party was involved.

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  14. Looks like person #2 wrote skinless boneless.

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  15. Susie L

    No farfalle! No wine! 😬

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  16. An old TV advert from the 60’s:
    Someone’s Mum just doesn’t know
    What someone’s Mum really ought to know
    So someone’s Mum better get to know
    That Persil washes whiter!

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