So, for the last month, I've been living in one of those places where I find myself stepping into the grocery store on a daily basis. While I'll admit that I was compelled to do this in Bangkok due the fear of a twenty-four hour power outage and a fridge of spoiled food, in Saigon and here, I'm mainly doing it to keep on top of the restocking. For example, today I discovered that there was a shipment of chocolate chips in flavours other than semi-sweet: peanut butter, cinnamon, dark, toffee chunk, and dark. None of this was on the shelf yesterday. I happily bought two packages of the dark chocolate chips, even if they were about eight dollar each. Might as well eat the healthier version, you know?
This discovery was unexpected. I was on a mission to find something bacon-like - because I live in a place where there is exactly no actual bacon allowed - for a potato hash I'm planning for tonight's dinner. But alas, there was no cured beef, or even that turkey bacon stuff at the grocery store. I'm actually contemplating stealing some of the corn nuts that Chris brought home last night to be the salty component of the dish. It's not the first time that I've had to be creative with ingredient substitutions, and probably not the last time that I'm going to end of regretting my choices :)
(Btw, this is what I use as a guideline for making potato hash - some cool info there!)