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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006
You Bought What?!!!
For those of you following my Ortiz anchovy saga, whereby I've been completely unable to locate a tin for tasting, you will be shocked to learn that I actually had a tin of them in my hands the other day and gently put them back on the shelf.

It was self preservation.

You see, my wife and I have a regular Tattslotto punt with the same numbers every week. Sometimes I forget to put them on, sometimes circumstances don't allow. Whatever, I never say anything to her about it unless she asks. I want to tell a little lie if I haven't got a ticket, but on the off chance our numbers do come up, I never do. Then I get a kind of a look that I wish I didn't have to endure.

The price on the tin was about sixteen dollars, nearly exactly the same as our weekly punt. I looked in my wallet and there was only twenty dollars left. I don't know what you would do in the same circumstance, but to me there was only one option - put them back.

Could you imagine the euphoria that my wife would have if our numbers came up, then the devastation when I said we didn't have a ticket? Could you imagine me trying to console her with my wonderful tin of Ortiz anchovies?

I can't, it would be like reading Jack and the Beanstalk without the happy ending.
  posted at 9:41 am

At 12:17 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're a good husband. ;P

At 1:07 pm, Anonymous Tanna said...

Neil, you never cease to amaze me.

At 10:10 pm, Anonymous Gregory said...

Neil, fine example of self preservation. One anchovie in favour of another. A good woman is as good as a division 1 win, even better is to have both.

At 10:47 pm, Anonymous Ellie said...

LOL, you're a thoughtful husband :) My pops would've bought the anchovies anyway and borne the brunt of my mother's wrath!

At 9:38 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems you're destined never to try the famous anchovies!

At 2:59 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi laurie, I try, somtimes better than others!

Hi tanna, I amaze myself a bit too.

Hi greg, that would be ideal!

Hi ellie, I bet that would be something to behold.

Hi ange, it's starting to look that way.

At 7:41 am, Blogger Reb said...

Well at least you know where the shop is and you can go back abd buy a case after winning the lottery :) BUT WAIT .... news flash!!! I am now officially suspicious of the price we pay for Ortiz. While scouring a deli in Wellington, as you do, (Ontrays in Petone for those who might read this and want to buy them in W'ton) I found the exact same size Ortiz tin for NZD$8.95. YES!!! On the current exchange rate that's AUD$7.78. So what the Eff are they charging sixteen buckeroonies for????? Huurrumph. Needless to say I purchased some and made pizzas for everyone in celebration.

At 7:27 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi reb, something those pesky Kiwis can beat us at besides the rugby, price. When I went to Tassie a couple of years ago I noticed the same thing. Many brands I knew were way cheaper there. Life is not always fair!

At 3:11 pm, Anonymous Tanna said...

My mother always told me if you expect life to be fair you will always be disappointed.

At 4:31 pm, Blogger neil said...

Hi tanna, that's exactly what I've told my kids.


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