Well the sun did shine some of the time, though it also rained some days – though it doesn’t matter if you’re staying with your lovely family, all busy getting on with work and school and Uni.
Made our usual pilgrimages to the Basque supermarket Eroski and across the border to Quiksilver and Carrefour. As usual had an excellent lunch at the Quiksilver café but for once didn’t buy any jackets there or bread flour in Carrefour.
One of the reasons I always liked to go to Carrefour in Bayonne when we went to visit Louise in San Sebastian, was to buy Francine Farine aux Cereales (Granary flour) and packets of their salad seeds but then I found that Sainsbury’s Wholegrain Seeded bread flour and Lidl Wholefood Seed Mix were pretty well as good.
I recently saw the Francine logo in the flour section in Waitrose but it was to find that they stock the bread mix not the flour. However I thought I would give it a try – after all you just tip the contents into your loaf tin, add cold water, put your loaf tin into your bread machine and 4 hours later you have a crusty loaf.
To my taste, the resulting loaf was a bit too salty and at £1.89 more expensive than combining my own ingredients but great as a standby.
I loved the Quiksilver shop in Regent street although I found the curved staircase up to the women and children’s department with its glass treads a bit daunting. There was also the smaller shop in Covent Garden right next to the Royal Opera House, but they’ve both gone. I have to wait for my next pilgrimage to Bayonne and Carrefour.
Roxy is the trade name for the Women’s and Children’s Quiksilver product’s.
We always have lunch in the café Ono inside the Quiksilver shop before going on to Carrefour – you’re not supposed to go shopping when you’re hungry. Everything is that bit more tempting.
The food is always delicious and the staff even seem to recognise us – after all we’ve been making this pilgrimage for years, whenever we’ve come to visit Louise.
When we go to visit our daughter Louise in the North of Spain we always cross the border into France to go to the commercial centre at Bayonne and the large Carrefour supermarket. We have found English substitutes for many of the groceries we used to buy there but there are still things that are hard to get in the UK – a much larger range of Tefal bakeware for example.
I was surprised at this large display of competitive pricing in Carrefour. With Lidl scoring so highly in customer surveys for both price and quality regular supermarkets may be feeling the pinch in these hard times.