what does your grocery haul look like?

I just came back from a lovely bike ride to an adjoining neighbourhood for groceries. It was warm, sunny and all the blossoms and flowers were in bloom. When I got home and unloaded my 2 rear panniers onto our kitchen table and was amazed at all the good things I managed to pack onto my bicycle. I just had to take a photo of this bountiful cornucopia! Seeing all this stuff piled onto our table made me wonder about how other people shop for groceries. We usually pick up a few things on a daily basis from our local corner grocer and then head out on our bikes once a week to another ‘hood to pick up a larger load of groceries where there is better selection at a better price. Want to share your grocery photos & lists? I’ll bet I’m not the only one who’s curious!

What did I buy?
• 1 small box of organic mixed greens
• 1 bunch of green onions
• 4 lemons
• 1 knob of ginger
• 1 packet of snap peas
• 1 bag of green beans
• 1 head of cauliflower
• 3 garlic heads
• 3 granny smith apples
• 1 bag of green grapes
• 1 bunch of asparagus
• ground ginger
• ground cumin
• 1 container of fresh salsa
• 1 bottle of skim milk
• 1 pint of rocky road hagen-daaz
• 1 pkg of corn tortillas
• 1 bag blue tortilla chips
• 1 jar of raspberry jam
• 1 small can of coconut milk
• 1 can chickpeas
• 1 bag of oats
• 1 jar of tahini


12 comments to “what does your grocery haul look like?”

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    Maven   April 6, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    I end up shopping almost every day some weeks, and that’s how I like it. I always have some food in the house, but I like to pick up produce and other odds as they strike my fancy. Fortunately I’m almost always by a co-op grocery AND I have the greatest corner grocery store in my neighborhood–a dying breed, I tell you.

    Anyway, today’s haul, which I bought at breakfast time:

    several bunches of baby bok choy, which I bought because it was adorable and perfect
    a red pepper
    a bunch of scallions
    seitan jerky (I knew I would need it midday, while I was painting at the Brit’s, and I was right)
    apricot-mango yogurt (to go on some blueberry waffles)
    cooking oil
    two bricks of firm tofu
    a can of lundberg farms caribbean rice & beans (it was on sale and I was intrigued)
    oolong tea (in my travel mug)

    Yep, lists are a good idea!

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    Michele   April 6, 2006 at 10:59 pm

    We shop every two weeks but always end up running out for milk or eggs since those run out quickly. It varies from trip to trip but I try to balance out the fresh produce with frozen since we shop less often. Of course there are always a couple of junkie items that the kids begged for 🙂

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    Rorie   April 6, 2006 at 7:48 pm

    Oh, I bet you’re not the only one who’s curious….. I’d read just about anything in list form – but grocery lists are my favorite. Such a great idea for a post & I love that you call it a ‘knob’ of ginger – so cute!

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    Heather   April 7, 2006 at 5:34 am

    WOW! You had quite a haul! Around the end of January I discovered that the reason I have felt so sick for almost a year was that I had Food Pollen Syndrome and consequently am allergic to so many things…anyway, I know am exploring a new world of vegetables and fruits I never tried or rarely had because I had my standbys that I really enjoyed. I really enjoy your blog for that reason…I need new recipes to experiment with! 😉

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    kickpleat   April 7, 2006 at 11:11 am

    I agree Rorie, lists are so much fun! Doesn’t everyone call it a knob of ginger? 🙂

    Maven! Thanks for stopping by!! I too only shop at my neighbourhood grocerers…but the neighbourhood next to our has even better grocers…10+ great shops as opposed to 2 in my ‘hood. Thanks for your list too.

    Thanks for commenting Michele! I love to see how everyone shops. And I wouldn’t feel guilty for treats…they make the world just a bit better!

    Thanks Heather for your sweet comments! Having so many food allergies must really be restrictive. I’m glad your finding some inspiration here!

    Dawna, it is fun peeping into other people’s baskets! As for the coconut milk, I have no real plans. I just bought it because it was a half-size can & that made it cute in my book!

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    Dawna   April 7, 2006 at 9:59 am

    As an inveterate shopping-basket-peeker (peeper?) I love seeing such lists!

    I tend to do one larger shopping trip on the weekends, and then stop at the little markets on my way home from work most days to pick up a lone item that I didn’t realize I’d need, or hadn’t quite run dry.

    What’s the coconut milk for? I’m using it a lot these days…

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    purplecupcake   April 8, 2006 at 4:12 am

    I’m IN! I’m shopping for groceries tomorrow and will post on my blog!
    Curious? That sounds better than being ‘nosey.’ LOL
    You got a lot of groceries to fit on your bike! Good job…;o)

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    Cate   April 8, 2006 at 7:54 am

    Looks like quite the haul – can’t wait to see what you do with it.

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    Ivonne   April 8, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    Don’t you just love grocery shopping! I love it … it’s one of the highlights of my week.

    And I especially love knowing what other people buy. Your list looks both nutritious and delicious, which I think is the ideal when it comes to grocery shopping.

    I sometimes find myself looking at the carts of other people and wondering what they do with all those boxed, refined foods???

    I’m also amazed you got all of that onto your bike! You go girl!

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    kickpleat   April 8, 2006 at 8:59 pm

    Purplecupcake, great! I can’t wait to see your list.

    Thanks, Cate. I have no real clues what I plan on doing with it all!

    Ivonne, I love grocery shopping too. I’m always amazed when I shop at those big supermarkets just what people are buying! It can give me the shivers!

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    noodle   April 11, 2006 at 1:59 am

    What a lovely lifestyle, I’d love to be able to ride a bicycle to go do my grocery shopping.
    I generally do a weekly veggie and odds shop. Faves include broccoli, spring onions, fresh coriander, fresh ginger, garlic tahini, apples. I like to try and buy meat fresh on the day, I have found that I can tell when meat has been frozen and don’t like it. (Interestingly recently read up a bit on ayurveda, and cold foods are a no-no – that explains why I hate leftovers!)

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    kickpleat   April 11, 2006 at 8:38 am

    Noodle, riding my bike everywhere is something that make my life so much more fun! Thanks for your list 🙂

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