Thursday, August 17, 2006

Impulse purchases

Welcome to spring in delightful Melbourne!

There is something about the sun coming out that makes us go a little ga-ga and loosen the purse strings.

It began innocently enough with a “bugger it!” moment at the market this morning when I thought blow the expense, I’ll buy some bananas at $12/kilo*. I was reading Nigel Slater’s “Toast” about bananas and custard last night and it must have seeped into my subconscious. Not that I am a huge custard fiend being a soy girl, but still if I get the urge I can lovingly stir the egg, soy milk and vanilla over a double boiler for hours like I used to.

Next it was an afternoon stroll down Brunswick Street and time to bite the bullet and put a deposit on some chairs for my new dining table. I went for this little beauty from Thonet

x 6 – which adds up to a heck of a lot of bananas.

I was in a kind of daze when I went into Simon Johnson and came out empty handed due the sensation of my credit card still throbbing from its recent work out. But I have to admit browsing at SJ is a foodies equivalent to perusing a little tasteful porn – it leaves you a bit feverish, whether you buy any or not.

Back on the Street of many Eateries the delicious smell of Babka’s lured me in for a rare sweet fix – a glistening slice of tarte tartin to go.

Sugared up and ready to face the world, all further forays today will be with my wallet left firmly at home.

* the old post-cyclone banana shortage strikes again

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Blogger Ed Charles said...

Don't worry. I think somebody is about to launch a credit card that gives a 5% discount on bananas. Or was that petrol? I keep getting them mixed up

7:30 pm  
Blogger Ange said...

Sounds like a great day out

9:41 am  
Blogger Brownie said...

re 'bananas': I was in the petfood aisle and saw an abandoned banana skin resting on the Schmackos. Ha ha haaaaa.
and dear Ed: when will the first fruit shop banana stickup occur?

Just came over to mention this melbourne foodie blog with such a great title Thus Bake Zarathustra

2:41 pm  

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