|A pork butchers shop by Edouard Jean Dambourgez|
If I want a really good cut of meat, I send my husband off to our local suburban butcher and he always come back with an excellent cut of meat. DH has built up a repoire with the butcher and now gets special treatment. The other night we had a beautiful piece of pork (cooked on the Weber barbecue over coals) prepared by the butcher and it would have to be the best pork I have had in a long time. And the crackling . . . well . . . that was perfect!!! Our butcher only uses local farmers and hand-selects the animals for slaughter. We know we are getting quality and surprisingly, it isn't over priced.
Sadly with the growth of the supermarket chain, the local butcher, baker or the fruit and veg shop are being squeezed out and with that we are loosing the personalised service and quality of food.
I often find the local supermarket are pricey and certainly not great when it comes to the quality of their meat or fruit and veg. I really don't like all pre-packaging and have no idea of the age and distances the food has travelled, in particular meat.
I know it is a bit romantic and "chocolate box" but I do really like these sorts of little stores, they are so much nicer than the large supermarkets and have far more charater. There is something very innocent and sweet about them that no supermarket will ever replace and you can talk to someone who knows what they are talking about.
Whilst I do the bulk of the grocery shopping, my DH does like to come home with little tit-bits. Along with the pork, he brought home 3 bundles of asparagus which I am trying out these Jamie Oliver recipes with (see the Jamie Oliver link). Sometimes it can different cheeses, bread, chutneys - I love seeing men discovering different foods - buying food, cooking and kitchens are not exclusive for women. Men should be encouraged to also get involved in the kitchen. My son loves to buy food and read cookbooks to find new and interesting recipes - do encourage your sons to love their kitchens, their wives will love you forever.
What does your husband like to bring home from the shops to surprise you with?