29 January 2007

Shopping successes

I ventured out into the sales yesterday. Benetton boasts 70% off in the window, but when you get in there it's only 70% off on pre-mamman e bimbi, so not much use to me. Zara however got full marks from me in the sale. I got two pairs of trousers and a skirt, all at only E9.95 each - bargain! Part of me thought I *really* don't need any more trousers, but another part of me (the stronger part) thought "BUY BUY BUY!"

I also snapped up two terracotta bowls which I'd had my eye on for a while (see below). They should be good for oven dishes like pasta al forno or maybe bean soup. The shop assistant explained to me that I have to first soak them in tepid water for 12 hours, then before I first put them into the oven I need to rub garlic on the bottom of each one. At this point I started to wonder if she was having a laugh or not. I was tempted to say "Do I have to run round with one on my head too?" But I feared the joke might be lost in translation.

She took ages explaining what I had to do with them too, making it all the more complicated and hard to follow, I'm sure she could have simplified it a bit. Plus when I got them home I saw that it told you about the soaking bit on the label - nothing about the garlic though...I really can't think what the point of that is.

6 comments:

J.Doe said...

Ha Ha about the terracotta bowls. The stronger part that says "BUY" always wins with me too.

Giulia said...

The garlic part is probably a tip from her to embed the flavor into the bowl so that you don't have to add it to every dish! lol
I didn't know you had to soak them. I thought you had to rub them with oil and then bake them...oh wait, that's what you do with cast iron, I think. Oh, I'm so confused! Enjoy you new purchases!

Delina said...

I'm confused too Giulia.. You don't get any of this with bowls bought from Ikea. Hahaha

Anonymous said...

Is there a Zara in Naples? Where is it? I've never found it, maybe it's new? Pleeeeease tell me where, and then I shall be eternally grateful!
nicki in Pos. (blogger won't let me leave non anonymous comments today.)

Delina said...

Nicki, Zara's been open for a few months now. It on Via Scarlatti (Vomero area). The sales are on! :)

nikinpos said...

Can I just add....I saw on Annikas blog that you were planning to go down the Amalfi Coast. If you do, please let me know, I'd love to meet you!