Monday, 19 February 2018

Porto, Portugal (Rua de Camões 21)

I woke up once during the night, then the next time it was 9:30 a.m. What a good night’s sleep! Though with that much sleep I was a bit groggy. I now can make my double espresso Americano with my AeroPress to help wake me up. It has been a while since I’ve used the AeroPress because I’ve been staying in hotels. I miss that jolt of rich coffee in the morning. But no more buffet breakfast, but I’m happy to have a toaster. And my AeroPress.

View from Balcony

My only activity today is to make a roasted chicken for dinner. By the time I left the flat for the nearby grocery it was 2:00. My first stop at the grocery was to pick up a chicken from the meat counter. There was day-old meat was in a cooler near the meat counter, but I wanted a roaster that looked fresh. There was a couple in front of me and only one butcher on duty, so I waited. The couple had a long list of cuts of meat that they wanted and it seemed that ever piece of meat had to be hand-trimmed, sliced, packaged, and weighed. I waited for 20 minutes then was able to select my bird.

I picked up a couple other items and went through the checkout. I bought some fruit for a apple, orange and banana salad. Fortunately there was a clerk in the produce area who weighed the fruit and put the price label on each bag. Glad she was there to do the weighing. I couldn’t figure out the coding system they used to enter the product code before weighing and the scale to spit out the label. It is a fairly common practice in stores to have the customer weigh and label produce and fruit before getting in the checkout line. Woe be the person who forgets to weigh and label.

When I got back, I immediately prepared the chicken and wrapped the legs with string that I carry with me. I stuffed the chicken with slices of lemon and a few cloves of garlic, then rub with olive oil, and salt and pepper on the inside and outside of the chicken. I set the over for 425F (218C) and bake for 1:30. I forgot to buy potatoes, but did remember to buy frozen peas. That should make a good dinner. I was getting very hungry when I started to smell the roasting chicken.

By the time I ate dinner it was 5:30 and all I had earlier was two slices of whole wheat toast and a bowl of cereal. And coffee. The chicken was a little dryer than usual because I cooked it longer, just to make sure it was thoroughly done.  In any case, it was good!

I watched a couple of programs on TV via Apple TV and I was in bed by 9:00.

Tomorrow I’ll visit another store that has a greater variety of items and buy ingredients for a Sheppard’s Pie and Skinny Lasagna Soup. I’ll also make chicken soup tomorrow from the leftover chicken. Going to a store further away will get me out of the immediate neighborhood and a chance to look around the city. My Airbnb host sent me some travel ideas that I’ll investigate for future adventures while I’m here.


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