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Tales from the Diplokitchen: Cheese

Feta, green olives, Newman’s Own Olive Oil and Vinegar…yum! The market ran out of oysters with intact shells! Is that always how it is on Valentine’s Day? All they had left were the ones in packed in tubs. I improvised with Emmental and Parmesan, crossed my fingers and voila! This mascarpone dessert was prepared by Mr. Diplomat, obviously, late last night. Tiramisu actually means pick me up. How apt is that for today? Of course, this one doesn’t have cheese. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!


After going through 96 receipts of the past 3 months, our average monthly grocery expenses amounted to ta-da just HKD4,230 yey! These cover for the basics that we usually get from International and Taste but not for household goods we buy from a local shop that does not provide receipts most of the time ssshhh. I’d say we end up using HKD4,600 a month for groceries, which is waaay cheaper than what we anticipated. Good job, Mrs. Diplomat! For me, that means we can save more. For Mr. Diplomat, that means we can eat out more often! But then again, I guess everything will depend on how you shop. I am a thrifty shopper. I almost always start buying the cheapest, and if we don’t like it, I buy the next one up the ladder. By cheapest, I mean the cheapest among products that are manufactured by recognized companies. I check the price, the country of origin, the manufacturer or importer and the label, in that order. (Hah! I know what you’re thinking.) For a …