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Saturday, 16 January 2010

Wet Saturday

Such a different Saturday as son and his fiancée are here for the weekend. Their visit involves retrieving our futon from his store so we have enough beds when they visit rather than using a camp bed. Then of course the fixings have been mislayed so phone calls made to Futon company. Thank goodness sainted Ian keeps every piece of paper from our purchases.

Have been baking a pineapple fruit cake for son and fiancée, the recipe for this is a Bailey family one, although not sure whether recipe came down from cousin's side of family or our side. Anyway, it's easy, melting method and long slow cook in the top oven whilst organic beef, red cabbage and carrots are cooking in larger oven.

We are very fortunate to have a local food hero 2009 in our suburban high street so we try to support him and his friendly and helpful staff. Not only meat, but deli items, preserves and vegetables are sold some of which come from his small holding in Chobham. Cannot understand why anyone would buy meat and these other items from the chain store across the road. The only item we cannot buy in Ellis' Fine Foods is skimmed milk so we go to Waitrose, M & S or Sainsbugs for this. Shopping locally in small businesses is so pleasant, one meets other members of the community too.

Ellis Fine Foods

2008 Regional Finalist Butcher Farm shop Selling: Bread / Bakery, Cheese / Dairy, Drinks, Home-Cooked Dishes, Meats, Poultry, Preserves, Fruit & Veg
A Twickenham based family run business that has been offering customers its traditional butchery skills, knowledge and produce for over 18 years. Originally established as butcher’s shop, Ellis Fine Foods is now also a farm shop selling a wide variety of produce, including home grown runner beans, potatoes, onions, carrots, parsnip and other fruit and vegetables sourced from local and regional producers. There is also an assortment of dairy products, preserves, breads and drinks on offer. At the butcher’s counter customers will find organic meats, free range chicken, lamb, game, barbeque products, cooked meats, pies and much more! The owners and staff are extremely knowledgeable and are always willing to give advice on what to buy and how to cook it.
99 High Street
Whitton, Middx.

Back here after supper, beef was delicious, and son, his fiancée and sainted OH and I played scrabble. Son won. He is very competitive and plays tactically which we should expect from a chess player.

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