Last night's meat free Monday supper is as close as I get to convenience foods. Just about. Not having to actually cook last night, really suited me.
As usual, most of it came out of jars.
These were Saturday's #inthejar market special: Moroccan marinated chickpeas. I had both saved some, but brought two home. It was a dismal market on a day that became even more dismal. When we got home, and The Husband went to unlock the shed, the door didn't need much unlocking and wouldn't open to its full extent. The door had been jimmied and the two
returned power tools were gone. Along with a couple more odds and sods. Let's just say that I was less than impressed when he admitted that he'd put the tools back on the same shelf, back where they could be seen from the window. Especially. A lesson he taught me - a gazillion years ago - after an attempted burglary in Cape Town: make sure what's valuable is not visible. Sigh...
Then there was more
For a week or so, there had been a slow drip from the geyser outlet into the garden. I didn't pay attention other than to think
It's boiling over.
I mean that literally because we have a solar system and when the temperatures reach what they do, here, that's entirely feasible.
On Saturday, that drip had turned into a heavy drizzle. The Husband reckoned he'd had a look a couple of days earlier, and reached the same conclusion as I.
He looked again.
Sure enough, even to the lay person's eye, it needs replacing. Sigh...with an Ffff...
We had our friend (really) the plumber in at 7.15 am yesterday to give a quote. During his inspection, he tells us - the short version - that the poor installation has contributed to the corrosion. That workmanship had been done by the bank's insurer's appointed contractor.
I submit his quote and report - using the bank's online system. My plumber's report and quote ignored, they appoint a contractor. I'm confused and call him. During the conversation,
two three things things:
- He's in Swellendam, the other side of the mountain.
- Luckily he asks about the system - retrofit solar - that's not his wheelhouse.
- The brand of geyser (date of manufacture on the plate - 2018) that's gone and was installed in 2019 stopped production in 2016. WTF???
He'll advise the bank
Plumber B's been appointed and they call.
< We've worked at your place before - 2019.
Not only did they do what now turns out to be a (s)crappy installation, and put in a geyser that...ahem...scroll back... but they're not just over the mountain, but they're way down beside the seaside. A two-plus hour drive to get here. And I remember last time:
Day 1: arrive with geyser; wrong one. Depart.
Day 2: return with current geyser. The one that's Fubar.
I tell her I don't want a rinse and repeat. I also say,
- my plumber said there was a problem with the installation
- why aren't they using the most popular geyser
- I'm not paying a bean until the job's done and the geyser's working
She takes umbrage, but says her team will arrive at 11 tomorrow.
No, it's a long way to drive. Like that's my problem. Well, if they have to work under a corrugated iron roof and solar heating pipes in 40°C heat, that's not my problem.
But that's not all
My patent unhappiness is reported to her principal. He calls. Threatens not to do the job: I must pay up front. I can have the geyser I want, but he
doesn't won't guarantee it. Or provide after sales service.
presumptions because you're talking to a woman corporate bullying because he's contracted to a bank.... Still, I'm not rolling over -
This is my third geyser through the same bank, and now the second you're supplying. Why should I have any confidence?
Or words to that effect. Use our service, with the geyser the bank approves and we will come back and honour the guarantee on our workmanship and the geyser warranty.
You have my word.
In the end
I hope so. I have to acquiesce. It's easier. We also get hot water before we don't (the old geyser still works, even though it's dribbling), and at least I've spoken to people and not a bot. And real people
will should arrive tomorrow. If they don't I'll speak to a people and speak to a bot who will speak to the people who will speak to me. And fix the geyser.
I hope it doesn't get to that.
rant over - for the moment
Back to supper and my jars
I am often asked how long the salads last #inthejar, and as you see, three days later, the leaves were still bright and crisp. I know, from experience, that the salad would have kept at least another couple more.
Back to last night. I decided to serve the marinated chickpeas with couscous. Some time ago, my market pal, P, gave me a new product to test. This was my first opportunity to try her Green Stock. I added a couple of teaspoons to the couscous before adding the boiling water.
What a great addition! To the range, and yes, to the couscous. I shall be doing more experimenting as the weather cools, and as I cook dishes that call for stock.
That last night's supper ended up being totally delicious and especially easy, was a good end to the first day of what is already a busy week.
Until next time, be well
The Sandbag House
McGregor, South Africa
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Monday is always a special day; I think it's good to start intensely and because in this way we are already in the week with both feet ... I'm a fanatic of productivity, you understand right? Heh heh!
As always, there are some recipes or photos of a dish that I can draw on... thanks!😉🤗
I, too, am a fanatic of productivity. However, a bust geyser, calling the plumber and having to deal with bank bureaucracy is quite the opposite when you have three looming deadlines.
I hope the geyser gets fixed, properly, at a reasonable cost. Your experience so far sounds completely crazy!
Lovely food though, the first picture especially with the jars in the sunlight! I want summer NOW!
Hopefully, today, they promise, it will be done. Fortunately, we are insured and the payment we have to make is much less than I expected.
I do hope your geyser is replaced today, is it an external one? We had our turn with geysers last year, 1 was still under warranty, a well-known brand and they really honoured the warranty, came the same day, much to our surprise! The other in the cottage was old but at least the insurance used a local company! We're sorry we didn't install an outdoor geyser but the plumber said they cannot change that, it can only be replaced with what was there before!
Those bottled meals are amazing, I must agree, mass-produced ready meals really aren't my cup of tea either, no matter whay people say, convenient yes but that's about it!
As for the theft...again...that's becoming the most popular job in SA at the moment, as you know we suffered a similar fate on Monday morning when I had that rude awakening!
I do hope that drip comes to a halt today Fiona!
PS you have a plumber right there but they want to send someone two hours away! Just crazy!!!
They are doing the job as I write, Lizelle. It's an internal geyser that is solar heated. The team that are here doing the job is the same team that did it last time. As always, there's a complication, but that'll be sorted. I just do not get how big corporates work using providers from other towns. Unless, of course the locals choose not to work with - Absa. Everybody says how difficult they are - more difficult than the other insurers. We're only with them because they have the bond... Urgh!! Se maar niks...
About my jars: sometimes I'm a little miffed if I sell them all! Anyhow, they're about as close as we get to takeaways. I'd rather go and eat out (if we can afford it) or cook.
As for the shed story, part of that is The Husband's own fault. We're having a spate again at the moment. I think it'll calm down again now that the kids are back at school and when we get a new station commander. Speaking of, I hope it'll be an officer who was transferred and who wants to come back to the village....
Hope things are calming down on your end, too, Lizelle!
So far so good Fiona, it's cooled down which is just such a relief.
Turns out Etios is a much wanted car at the moment, another one stolen yesterday from a local church, making it the 7th one in our area that our CPF are aware of. Alarm, tracker, remote gates, tamper with the electricity so cameras don't work, NOTHING deters them, professionals for sure!
I must agree take-aways is not my favourite, a local one makes a really good beer-battered fish, but I make my own oven chips.
Loadshedding is back with a bang!
I do hope they find the culprit that's breaking into your shed!
Our police are useless!
Very nice .thanks for sharing .We also used to make pickles like this. And dry it in the sun.