We saw that short ribs were on sale. Excellent, the cold weather is upon us and I never make short ribs at home just for us. Since we were going to the store, I figured we could pick up some chicken wings. Why chicken wings? I had the idea of making a blue cheese brine for chicken wings, today would allow for the opportunity to work through the recipe. As we drove to the store, I started chattering about a number of other mental notes from nut vinegars to more evolutions with cheese gnocchi. By the time we got to the Fairway in Plainview I was fired up and ready to shop.
Little did I realize how fired up he was. In the produce section I picked up broccoli, Meyer lemons, Romano beans and a variety of fresh herbs. The beans were in an open case and slightly battered. By the time I picked through the case to get enough for my purposes the shopping cart was half full and Alex was nowhere to be seen. From long experience I knew not to look to closely at the contents and to seriously curtail my own impulses from that point on. When he turned up he was enthusing about vegetable dishes--in the cart there were gold beets and cardoons, black radishes, onions, apples, jalapeno peppers, turnips, pistachios, walnuts, almonds, fennel, and Daikon radishes.
We moved through the store, from produce to cheese, which has an olive bar and opens out onto the butcher counter. Although there were two separate displays of the short ribs I went to the counter to see if I could get mine cut to order. The butcher was amenable and while he was cutting I picked up a variety of dry goods for my projects, 32 ounces of maple syrup, 2 bottles of cider vinegar, two bottles of champagne vinegar, two large bottles of passion fruit juice, a couple of containers of ricotta cheese, three containers of smoked salmon ends, close to a pint of capers, close to a quart of prunes, a log of fresh goat cheese, and a few other odds and ends. Then I went back to the butcher and picked up my short ribs and a couple of packages of turkey wings, since the chicken wings were lamentably absent.
Ahem, 14 pounds of short ribs for three people. Even counting for bones and loss this seemed somewhat excessive. While he was shopping I picked up AP flour, eggs, milk, and butter for the pantry and a small wedge of Camembert and a wedge of Brie. I added a package of dog treats for Patty and a few cans of soup, which I like to have around for a quick snack or a light lunch. The cart was now groaning and I was beginning to stress about checking out. I told Alex I was heading for the checkout lines and he went to take one last look at the fish. I was happy to see him arrive empty handed although I was dispatched to go get crackers while he unloaded the cart. Final total $253.48.
I disagree. The final total was $235, she's transposing the 3 and the 5 in her numbers.
Not that he can produce the receipt to verify his numbers. That total was burned into my brain. $253 for a household of three people and one website. We made sure to eat lunch before shopping but there's no defense against Alex's shopping gene.
The best part was that as we drove home I was punchy from the amount of the bill and Alex was listing all of the things he forgot to pick up. Anyway, it should be an interesting food week.