|None of that this year|
Yesterday in the never ending quest for foodstuffs I went to Interspar at Simmering – which is not terrific but is a step up from my local Spar. I go there because it is easy to get to and easy to park and I needed to buy some bulky stuff so needed the car.
There to my amazement I discovered dessicated coconut. This was not easy because the dictionary in my iPhone says it is called Kokosraspel – but of course it is not and the shelf stacker – whose entire day I ruined by asking her a question – tried to send me first to the vegetable section (for coconuts) and then to the Asian section (for coconut milk).
She had no idea what I was talking about and I left her to do what she was doing – which was changing the prices on shelves. I think what she really wanted to be doing was tearing the heads off rabbits.
But I knew that Merisi was right and that there simply must be dessicated coconut in any decent sized supermarket in Vienna so I commenced a forensic examination of the shelves – commencing with the cake mixes – and there it was – it is called – Kokos Flocken. Why not?
(I have never found anything that is called what it is supposed to be called in accordance with my German dictionary).
Next door to it were Pine Nuts which I also needed.
I was then on a roll so went looking for the Austrian equivalent of Copha and found Ceres brand Kokosfett.
But I still could not find passionfruit. No sign of that anywhere. But Gwenyth is bringing some of that so there is no need for panic.
So I think we have everything we need for the Australian delicacies.
What we will not be having here is a white Christmas because so far there has been no sign of winter – let alone snow. Today it is a balmy 6° and is raining.
But I am sure we will be able to find some snow Norway – and I suppose it is good for the Viennese – most of whom hate snow with a passion.
It is only the crazies like us and Sissi who love it.