As life in the UK is still far too expensive to keep up towards the same level in my home country, I have to somehow manage to find where to save money.
Therefore the Christmas and New Year 09-10 festive period is rather quiet days for us this time.
Despite the difficult conditions of life in the UK and even in the heavy snowy conditions, somehow we have managed to travel to Paris to seek genuine food and kitchen products which are not sold in the UK.
It seems departments in the UK have withdrawn some popular products or deterred selling products of other countries, even in the neighbour countries, France, Germany, Italy and more as far as I can see.
This tendency is more obvious since the current recession has been recognised, I believe.
After the Christmas and new year celebration, I felt as if we saw the real state of the country under this downturn period.
It seems to me that as if Paris is rather sensible to be conservative to save monies, comparing with London where there seems to be many ongoing and completed refurbishment in public transportation and the rows of high street shops and buildings.
As long as the bill is charged to only people who have abundant spare of contributions, not from ordinary people who are under struggling state of life in the UK, this is fair enough to share the fantastic improvement in London, preparing for the 2012 Olympic and further.
This is what I felt after the full day trip to Paris this week.
I bought the little Staub cocotte which is difficult to buy in the UK, although there were no discount. If I wanted the regular size of casserole, I would have bought a discounted 20cm diameter in the sale.
But I already have one from competitor’s manufacturer, Le Creuset, which I satisfy with.
I have tried some cocotte recipes to see what is the best ways to use the swelled spots on the back of the lids to get even convection in the little casseroles I have.
As it is just a good size for one portion to serve straight away without dividing a whole large dish into plates, however, the enamel coating seems to be vulnerable to metal scratches.
Well, I fancy I should try the French onion soup with this first, then I may be able to discover some other recipes.
Now, I just tell you a little delight we tasted in the festival period that despite the still far expensive life in the UK in this winter, more people give us wine bottles.
The perfectly satisfied wine I bought in Sainsbury supermarket in December 09 above was sold at only GBP5.49. – Piccini Chianti Riserva 2006
This is the fair reasonable pricing that should have been in the UK and this must have been applied to all other pricing to keep global standard life level in the UK.