Last night, I had fish and chips for the first time. I am amazed at how much fish I eat now--LOL. Both of us have been craving chips (fries) and we decided to go pick up something for supper. We could have gone in one direction and gotten to Kebab King. Not sure whether that is some kind of chain or not. In the other direction, there was Supermacs, which is a chain--they are all over the place--or we could go just a few steps further across the street and go to Rosie's Takeaway, which I think isn't a chain. We opted for the latter. The first day we were in town I told Bill we should go there sometime and try the fish and chips (there's a big banner on the wall outside announcing the availability of traditional fish and chips).
Today we went to Tesco and I bought the only slow cooker I have seen here. It's 3 litres, so it's small. I hesitated for weeks before buying it because I felt a larger one might be better. I had a 4-quart and a 7-quart in Maine and I used the larger one the most. These are simply not popular here, though, and I did not have anything else to choose! I could have my pick of deep fat fryers--they are everywhere. I do not think I have ever seen as wide a selection of fryers anywhere, but not so for slow cookers. I finally decided that I should just get it. It's small, but I was cooking for 3 adults in Maine and I planned leftovers. There are two of us now, so this one will be fine for chicken, dried beans, and stuff like that. It will also be easier to pack up and take with us. Besides, my oven is crap and I needed some other way to cook bone-in chicken pieces and whole chickens!! The owner's manual for the oven suggests cooking chicken thighs for 2 hours and salmon for half an hour!!! I don't think so. Now I can just cook stuff in the slow cooker overnight, during off-peak electricity hours. The oven will be fine for the occasional frozen pizza and not much else. Won't have to worry about cleaning it!