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Calgary grocery/butcher complaint/help

300rwhp | Nov 26, 2008 04:34 PM

So I am trying to make a relatively simple dish. the ingredient are as follows;


1/2 calfs foot
salt and pepper
1 whole shank Bone in
2 tbsp olive oil (not evoo or if not olive use canola)
1 tbsp butter
2 medium onions sliced thin
1 carrot 1 cm cubes
1 tbsp tomatoe paste
1 tbsp flour
1 cup wine (white or red)
2tbsp wine
zest of one lemon
1 bouquet garni
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2sprigs parsley (flat)

TO be served with a rich creamy polenta. Made out of Parmesan cheese, cream, and cornmeal.

You would think that none of these ingedients would be impossible to come across. But after calling coop, safeway and second to none i still could not find a regular shank or foot ( or lamb not frozen). So off to china town, no luck, so i head to where i know i could find these items in vancouver, T&T in the Pacific Place mall. No luck there they had shanks but not bone in. So quick call to second to none they have a veal shank bone in, upon arrival they want $60+ for it. Given it was 6 pounds of meat and bone, but seriously $60! Next on my list off hard to find, cornmeal. Why is this so hard. Specialty bakery store with many types of flour no luck, same goes for the places I had visited or called above.

Here is the thing that gets me the most, my girlfriend spent $23 dollars buying up all of these ingredients except the wine and balsamic(some more than she needed for the recipe like the foot, shank, cornmeal) in one store no less. I spent $20 and went to numerous stores and I didnt even get the shank or foot. What gives calgary? I mean we slaughter beef just down the road.

Why dont we have a fairways market here? they are cheap and have wide selection. Where should i have gone?

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