I met my friends by the fountain in Town Hall Square. The lights/movements for the storybook tableaux weren’t on yet as the big town lights switch-on is later today, but it was all looking very tidy and ready to go.
There were some nice things at the fair, and I was tempted by some chipotle sauce, as well as some jewellery made from beads that looked like tiny different pieces of fruit, but in the end I escaped spending just £1.50 on one stall and with inspiration for some things I can make myself (don’t worry, I’m not going to rip-off other people’s ideas, it’s just inspiring to see what can be done).
We took a quick walk into the main shopping area and I took advantage of B’s discount card to get 10% off the already very reasonably priced English mustard at Co-op, as well as some emergency baked beans. I also got a couple more clip-lock containers at Poundland as they are a very handy size and not often in stock.
We then went to Morrisons, where I noticed garlic bulbs had gone up from 25p to 30p, so I thought I may as well get the organic two-pack at 60p. I also got a knob of ginger for 7p, which should liven up a meal or two, or maybe some smoothies.
Total spend for the day = £4.36.
Total spend for the month so far = £48.53 (target for day 17 is £51 or less).
A short walk from the market, in the Lanes area on Loseby Lane, is Currant Affairs. This is my favourite shop in Leicester. It’s pretty small but they manage to cram a huge range of stock in. It’s all vegetarian, and a lot of the groceries and food from the counter is vegan too.
All the people who work there are lovely (and I think some of them might be reading this blog! Hi Karyn, Anne-Marie and Lucy!), and if they don’t have an item you need they can usually get it for you pretty quickly.
First to greet your eyes on a visit is the food counter in the window. They have an excellent range of filled rolls ( known as ‘cobs’ in Leicester), most of these are vegan and I particularly like the falafel and hummus, the nut burger with locally made chutney, or the carrot-cashew salad option. Most of the food in the window is produced in their kitchen upstairs. It’s been a while since I asked but they used to happily make variations on their cobs if you had a special request, such as no spread.
They also have cakes, slices and savoury pasties, mashed potato-and-carrot topped pies with a choice of filings ( all good but the nut one is my favourite), pizzas and puff pastry goodies. During colder months soup with bread is available too.
If you are after ingredients instead of lunch they won’t fail you either. Check out all the useful stuff they cram in!
There’s also a freezer with meat alternatives, pies, ice-cream-type things, pizzas… probably more! And at the counter they have lots of impulse buy stuff. I’m always tempted by the Sweet Vegan marshmallows when they have them, but have heroically resisted so far!