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I can never have too many... [Sep. 11th, 2016|11:08 am]
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ghoti posted a list of 5 things they felt they could never have too many of, for the times when someone wanted to give them a small present. I thought this was a great idea and (with permission) am hereby memeing it.

My list is:

  • postcards with thoughtful messages on
  • tiny bottles/packets/jars of interesting seasonings
  • gel pens in any colour other than blue
  • small packets of unusual types of rice
  • themed postal stamps (i.e. ones that cost the same as normal stamps but have different pictures on)

What's yours?

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[User Picture]From: selki
2016-09-11 06:05 pm (UTC)
Postcards, particularly pretty pictures or art cards
Decks of cards with individual art (52 different artworks in the deck)
Jars of interesting pickled things (beets, okra, etc.)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2016-09-12 11:03 am (UTC)
Jars of pickled things should go on my list too! I've been quick-pickling apples and fennel together recently — it works really well.
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[User Picture]From: selki
2016-09-13 01:46 pm (UTC)
Mmm, sounds intriguing! I quick-pickle stuff sometimes too (mostly I think of making that with cucumbers, though, often re-using brine/vinegar from commercial jars and adding whatever spices occur).
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[User Picture]From: nou
2016-09-17 06:27 pm (UTC)
Agreed on the brine re-use! I generally just keep re-using the same brine for different things until I don't have enough to cover more than a couple of pieces of stuff.

Quick-pickling seems to be a good way of rescuing fruit/veg that have only just gone too soft/wrinkly to be nice on their own. I've also used it for ends of fennel/celery/etc - chop them up, quick-pickle them, and you have a sort of pickled salad.
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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2016-09-11 09:04 pm (UTC)
I love your list.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2016-09-12 11:05 am (UTC)
Do you think Grouting might like to receive a postcard from me? I love sending postcards to kids because it seems so unfair that the adults get all the mail. (Tobes has asked me disappointedly many times why there's never any post for him.)
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[User Picture]From: techiebabe
2016-09-11 09:11 pm (UTC)
Great idea! Although... I could have written that as my own list! Now I'll have to think of something else ;)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2016-09-12 11:06 am (UTC)
:)
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2016-09-13 06:47 am (UTC)
Hmm, apart from the obvious 'small plastic huskies', I do not know! I will think about this.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2016-09-13 10:23 am (UTC)
I love how this is "obvious" :)
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2016-09-13 11:09 am (UTC)
Maybe I need to make it more widely known, then!

Edited at 2016-09-13 11:11 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2016-09-17 06:28 pm (UTC)
Are postcards with huskies on also welcome? Or is it specifically about the small and plastic?
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2016-09-18 06:00 pm (UTC)
Anything at all husky-related is likely to go down well, TBH :)
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[User Picture]From: nou
2016-09-19 12:03 pm (UTC)
Noted!
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2016-09-15 10:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm! Tricky. I suspect mine will primarily involve food and drink. ^_^

- beer and cider. There's such an incredible variety of wonderful beers and ciders around, once you move away from just the supermarkets, and toward more interesting bars and mail order emporia.

- herbs and spices. I do have a reasonable little selection in the kitchen, but I'm sure there's plenty unrepresented as yet. (Reminds me, once things are a bit more back on an even keel, I must revisit Borough Market)

- anything pertaining to My Little Pony. ^_^

- appealing bubble bath concoctions.

- wonderful cheeses or meats; as you know, Waitrose can be a dangerous place.
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[User Picture]From: nou
2016-09-17 06:44 pm (UTC)
Heh. was just mentioning to me the other day that he'd been “good” by going into Fresh Fields Market and not buying anything... we do have quite a good beer collection already, and it doesn't seem to be decreasing.

You might like this photo of our herb and spice drawer.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2016-09-18 06:02 pm (UTC)
Hee! I'd be done for somewhere like that. ^_^; When I'm in the Bay, I'm always lured into places like Ranch 99 Market, stuffed with East Asian goodies galore, many with English translations of the ingredients, sometimes not, which doesn't usually deter me. =:) Or the grocers in northern Chinatown, on the border with Little Italy, where I can pick up big bags of shiitake cheaply, Chinese long beans, cured belly pork, and sundry delicious delights, not to mention just about any color of rice available.

I did, however, weaken last night, after enjoying a couple good pints at the newly opened brewery bar/pub/shop in town, and examined their bottled selection carefully, returning with two of De Moulen's finest, including Bommen & Granaten, which I absolutely adored back at the White Horse a while back, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, a discovery back in my Cardiff days (if you're ever there, call by the Chapter Arts Centre, to enjoy world cinema on two screens, and a very well stock bar, which I believe might have even been my introduction to Westvleteren Abt.12), and a bottle of Gwynt u Ddraig's Black Dragon cider (oddly, the bottled version is sparkling).

That's a remarkably organized drawer. ^_^; Very nicely stocked, too.. I admit, I tend to aim mostly for just a selection of the old favorites (BART Spices' Berbere mix is rather fun, if you're wanting a little heat, but not just that), oregano, basil, rosemary, and paprika, plus black cardamom for Bolognese sauce, to lend it that slightly more robust edge, plus a variety of others, like mango powder, mace, sumac, and so on. I'll have to try getting a decent photo, though everything's sort of stuffed onto a shelf. =:/
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[User Picture]From: nou
2016-09-19 12:08 pm (UTC)
I love smoked beer, and its ages since I had any. Perhaps a reason for me to go to Fresh Fields...

I grew up in South Wales and am unlikely to want to return there in the near future, but I do drink Welsh beers and ciders when I see them, including Gwynt Y Ddraig. My first beer of this year's Great British Beer Festival was Tiny Rebel Cwtch (I didn't get any last year because it won the Champion Beer and the queue was too long).

I like organising things! My teas are all in matching tins, though not yet alphabetised — I need to get some little shelves to put them on first, since at the moment they're stacked on top of each other and hence organised by frequency of use.

Please do try to get a photo — I love looking at other people's kitchen bits.
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