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01:14 pm: Yes, it's been a while, hasn't it
It's been a while, because writing in LJ isn't top of the list, though I'm still reading most of what people say, though I have lightly trimmed my friends list recently.
Last Saturday, we were up early to go to pray for our friends in Tanzania, before coming home and doing whatever it is we did on Saturday. I remember a substandard Asda order was delivered in the evening. I can't believe that Asda didn't have any potatoes or Coca-Cola in their warehouse, but a complaint revealed the suggestion that we *might* have clicked the box that said "no substitutes", but there's no audit trail that I can see. If I did, it would have been the first time in 18 months...
Anyway, last Sunday continued much the same as most of the others, so far as I remember, and pretty soon we were into another week. This week didn't resemble the others too closely, as after two days in the office in Chester, there were three days at a SAS course in Manchester. See here for details of the course I attended.
By Friday night, it was the end of a tiring week. Saturday was taken up by a meeting at church early in the day, a trip to Liverpool in the afternoon, where we bought some train tickets and some bathroom scales, and an evening at Bebington Life Centre.
Sunday: it's just coming up to lunchtime. Let's see how I go with updating more frequently over the next week.

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From:natesmountain
Date:January 28th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
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I hope I'm still on your flist...

I can't believe they didn't have potatoes either. What about kumera - can you get that over there? Pumpkin? Taro? That awful swede stuff? *g*
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From:ringbark
Date:January 28th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)
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We buy "sweet potato" which is pretty much the same as kumara ; "butternut squash" which is pretty much pumpkin. Neither are mainstream vegetables here. They get referred to as "exotic vegetables", which amuses us. Taro - nothing like it. Swede? Wouldn't have any idea.
Yes, you're still flisted. Don't you go worrying about that.
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From:natesmountain
Date:January 28th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm, now where did swede come from in my head... *frowns* Oh well.

I'm not a big fan of taro myself but I think it could be made tastier than it generally is - we have taro during Pacifica days at St Anthony's and at the fair occasionally and the taro is... bland *g*

-Yes, you're still flisted. Don't you go worrying about that.
Phew! *stops worrying*
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From:sheaj34
Date:January 28th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)

swede?

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wny the question mark after swede? It's just a name for turnip. I like swede/turnip instead of mash potato, it's got more flavour.
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From:ringbark
Date:January 28th, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)

Re: swede?

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Swede? Because I don't much like it.
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From:vivh
Date:January 29th, 2007 07:31 am (UTC)

Re: swede?

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Is that the reason I don't cook it? - I quite like it really! Though I prefer taro...
From:ciarang
Date:January 30th, 2007 09:28 am (UTC)

Re: swede?

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Are you sure swede and turnip are the same thing? Maybe it's a dialect thing? Where aah cum from, t'swede is large, yellow on't inside and purple on t'outside. T'turnip on t'other 'and, is much smaller with white flesh and (usually) white skin.
From:ciarang
Date:January 30th, 2007 10:27 am (UTC)

Re: swede?

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In fact, a swede in my parlance (also known as a rutabaga) is a cross between a turnip and a cabbage.
From:ciarang
Date:January 30th, 2007 10:09 am (UTC)
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We get our potatoes from the local farm £5 for 25kg, top quality, organic, and they last a couple of months on average. Compare that to your Asda price, if they ever bring you any. I don't advise trying to catch the bus home with a 25kg sack of spuds mind you but club together with several nearby friends, making sure one has a car, and you'll all be laughing.
From:ciarang
Date:January 30th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
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Also, I think what's called a "sweet potato" here is what would be called a yam elsewhere. You might think twice before mentioning root vegetables again, or at least block me from commenting before doing so. I'm root vegetable mad. Don't mention beetroot (historically, the "blood turnip", by the way), whatever you do.
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From:sheaj34
Date:January 30th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)

root veg

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I was addicted to beetroot when I was pregnant with Ben. Still love the stuff now. As for your earlier question about me mixing up swede and turnip, you are right, I did mix them up. It is definitely swede that I mash up instead of spuds. Ive seen smaller little turnips at the farm but haven't bothered with them much. We do get our veg from the farm only 3 minutes drive from here. Our spuds are £5.50 for the full sack though, or £6.50 for the reds.
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From:ringbark
Date:January 30th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
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I can assure you that a sweet potato and a yam are completely different vegetables. And what New Zealanders call a yam is also different from what ni-Vanuatu call a yam.
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From:vivh
Date:January 30th, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
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As Ian says, sweet potatoes and yams are quite different, but in New Zealand they call sweet potatoes "kumara", the Maori name - I really like root vegetables too, especially the ones readily available in the Pacific!!
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