Remember my entry about us not shopping together because that way lies much indulging of the other? On the way back from the airport, I ordered the replacement curtains for our front room. Killer Terrier has just about shredded the old ones to pieces and a certain person who shall remain nameless has the spare pair that were specially made for that window. It's an odd size, our front room window, being all of 8 feet wide and 64" high. Ready-mades don't come in that length, so it's always a choice - buy ready-mades (72" drop) and have them shortened, or pay outrageous amounts to have them made to measure. So, with a budget in mind, I started at the ready-made shop.
There was a sale on
Not one, but two pairs of curtains have been purchased and money handed over for their alteration. All within the budget, mind you, as the sale was 50% off all ready-made curtains.
The curtains weren't an indulgence, then, I hear you thinking. Right! It was the milk frother that came with a Christmas gift set for Cappuccino-lovers that I spotted in Woolworths. I left my battery operated frother on the boat. Not that I need it for frothing the milk, for the person who shall remain nameless over the curtain-kidnapping incident has given me her Cappuccino machine - with frother. No - the battery operated one is for making salad dressing. It really does a good job.
Now, here I am with a gift set which includes a stainless steel chocolate sprinkler - and here's where the indulgence comes in. I want some chocolate topping to put in the sprinkler. Can I find Cappuccino topping in any of the supermarkets? Can I buggery. Even Waitrose is unable to help. If you want Cappuccino in this country, you either go to Starbucks (where they make a good one, I have to admit, but they put it in a mug which is so wrong for Cappuccino - all that lovely froth can't breathe), or you buy the instant stuff which is so full of sugar (even the no-sugar one is full of lactose)that it buggers up your sugar count for the day. So I went on-line and found a UK supplier. Problem is all the suppliers seem to be to the catering industry, and the real, dark chocolate topping on offer comes in 1kg bags. That's a lot of chocolate topping.
Do I really need topping for my Cappuccino?
Family fic. Update</i> Penultimate chapter (17) is now up at Blondie Bear and Fanfic.