Saturday, 19 March 2011

Off My Trolley

Hello.

Having spent over an hour this morning trying to shop online using the newly upgraded Waitrose site, I thought I'd drop you a line to tell you about the problems I encountered.
Common sense suggested that all I had to do was tick the select boxes on my product list and then click the 'add to trolley' button, but alas when I did this only two of my selected products were added, in this instance, 4.5kg of new potatoes and a cucumber. Heston Blumenthal and Delia Smith may be able to survive on such meagre rations, but I am a mere mortal with limited cooking ability. It would be true to say that I do have a fondness for a fulsome cucumber, but quite frankly I'd prefer a bit of meat with my two veg.
Anyhow, I repeated this exercise numerous times, on Mozilla and Internet Explorer [it sometimes makes a difference], but kept getting a pop-up box telling me to select items.... which is what I thought I had been doing....
To cut a tedious story short, I found that the only way I could fill my trolley with more than 4.5kg of new potatoes and a cucumber was to add each item individually, which took about 2 minutes per product, thus making the suggested weekly diet of potato and cucumber relatively appealing.

I look forward to your speedy reply,

Regards,

Ms S. Blue

Apologies to my bloggy friends; I am feeling a little under the weather, but will be back in full force by Monday.

44 comments:

moreidlethoughts said...

I'm not surprised you're "under the weather" on such a grim diet.
I suggest some meat with your 2 veg. Perhaps a hot, spicy sausage?

Scarlet Blue said...

Dinah: A sausage sandwich and a bit of sauce would be very nice.
Sx

nursemyra said...

You could try 'growing your own'..?

xl said...

I would like to order a nice pair of melons.

normadesmond said...

i still get in my car and go to the market, milling about with the flotsam. i simply must pick my own.

Princess said...

Dear Miss Scarlet ...
There is something to be said for growing ones own Potatoes and Cucumbers. They are seasonally available from the Palai's Gardens.

Clickerating to shop can be a frustrating exercise at the best of times...

I do hope you are back on to of the weather soon...

MJ said...

That's why I installed the "Speedy Weeny" machine.

Lulu LaBonne said...

Would your local butcher be able to help you out with a bit of sausage - mine will - shall I send him over?

Jimmy said...

Only the one cucumber? You must be under someone other than just the weather dear lady.

Dave said...

Waitrose? Get you. This blog is obviously too posh for someone common like me.

Perhaps you view me as your bit of rough.

Chairman Bill said...

Mrs Chairman has been known to like a bit of tongue with her meat and two veg.

Security word is TREARTI, which sounds like an Italian tart with which to round off a meal.

Nikos said...

I make a nice τζατζίκ but as a minimum you need yoghourt too - new potatoes would make it a bit too crunchy.

xsN

Scarlet Blue said...

Ms Nurse: Indeed, perhaps it is time to yank on my wellies and do a bit of scrumping down at the allotments.
It appears that even the innocent word 'scrumping' has been appropriated by the urban dictionary.

XL: Well you can't. You'll just have to blow up a cucumber and pretend.

Miss Norma: At least you know what you're getting when you fondle your own veg.

Princess: You obviously know how to make a vegetable flourish. Mine always turn out a bit limp.

MJ: Does it know how to make a sausage roll?

Lulu: Does he know what to do with his pork?

Mr Jimmy: Thankfully I have a bunch of bananas left over from last week.

Dave: Tut. It's a misconception that Waitrose is posh. You may spend a little bit more, but you get significantly bigger portions and I'm all for bigger portions.

Mr Chairman: And does Mrs Chairman do a nice hamburger relish with her tongue?

Mr Nikos: I have found this English translation for τζατζίκ:-
Wash and dry cucumbers. Peel cucumber and scratch. The other half of the scratch without removing the shell. The're putting in a colander to drain and press to remove the water (you can also put it in a towel and Zulu to pour the water). The throw into the bowl with the chopped garlic, yogurt, salt, oil and unbroken until they become cream.
Unfortunately I do not have a Zulu handy.

Sx

nick said...

I'm sure all those wispy celebs exist entirely on the odd portion of cucumber. And you're allowing yourself spuds as well. Sheer luxury!

Scarlet Blue said...

Nick: The worst of it was that had deleted the Bird's Eye Fish Fingers from their aisles - I'm sure this wouldn't happen at Tesco's.
Happy Birthday, sweetie... I was going to get you a cake, but you can see my predicament.
Sx

Vicus Scurra said...

I suggest that Waitrose were cleverly highlighting the advantages of a vegetarian diet. The large lumps of decaying flesh inhabiting hidden corners of your corporeal being have obviously inhibited your ability to carry out simple tasks, such as mastering web browsers.
Have a nice bowl of lentils, rice and spinach, and watch your ability and disposition improve.

Scarlet Blue said...

Mr Scurrilous: Always a delight to have you in my box!
I am about to embark on a diet of cucumber sandwiches and boiled potatoes for at least the next five days; I shall report back if I find any significant improvement in my browsing technique.
My disposition is always sweet, but shouldn't be trifled with.
Sx

Ponita in Real Life said...

If it takes that long to add things to your trolley, you'd be better off just going to the shop yourself! Or borrow one of MJ's houseboys to run errands for you... you could get him to do the housework as well, while you are recuperating. Hope you feel better soonest!

eroswings said...

Here's to hoping you get well soon and have all the meat and veggies you desire to satisfy your hunger!

Eat chicken soup!

Get well soon!

Nikos said...

So Waitrose Don't sell Zulus?

Booths do

xsN

LL Cool Joe said...

I should try Waitrose, but still use Tesco, and prefer to go the shop. If nothing else I may be lucky enough to be chatted up by someone cute.

63mago said...

4,5 kg new potatoes? You make Klöße?

Mitzi said...

I was in Waitrose yesterday buying "Best" butter for an elderly relative, why do old people call it that? I thought it was a brand name and asked the dairy maid if they had any "Best" butter whilst stood at the butter chiller, she looked at me as if I was a little touched in the head.

You can make a deliciousFadge using the potatoes.

fairyhedgehog said...

Poor Scarlet! You really should try Tesco online, although it's not nearly as amusing because it actually adds the items you click on.

What you really need is an online shop that knows what you need before you do. Then you'd have all the meat and sausages you could need in your trolley, plus the essential chocolate of course.

Hope you feel over the moon instead of under the weather soon.

French Fancy... said...

Not surprised you are poorly because you are probably hungry, very hungry. I too have been a bit 'under the weather' - depressing isn't it. In the midst of sickness one wonders if we will ever feel well again - but of course we will.

Macy said...

Going to take hours to stock up the cocktail cabinet adding one bottle at a time...and that's before you throw in a couple of bags of nibbles..

Happy Frog and I said...

Sounds like an incredibly tedious process. Well done for persevering though. I hope you are indeed feeling much better by Monday. :-)

Joanna Cake said...

Hopefully, it's just teething problems and they'll get it sorted. (I now have a Waitrose at the end of my road... not rubbing it in or anything... ;P)

BEAST said...

I told you to wear your foil hat during the extreme super moon cataclysmic window ......but you wouldnt listen

Dave said...

I don't think there is a Waitrose in East Angular.

I quite enjoy pushing my trolley* around Tescos, looking for bargains.



*Yes, I have my own trolley. No sticking wheels for me.

Scarlet Blue said...

Ponita: I may of well gone to the shop! I was trying to be envirnmentally friendly... okay, truth be known, I am just lazy.
Still feeling groggy.

Mr Swings: I am sucking hot cucumber soup theough a straw.

Mr Nikos: I have checked out Booths. I bet their online store is speedy... but unfortunately doesn't cover my postcode.
Where is the box for me to search for Zulus?

Mr Cool: True! I am missing out on flirtations whilst shopping online... something to ponder, I feel.

Mr Mags: Ha! Dumplings!!! Cucumber dumplings...?

Sx

Pat said...

How irritating! When I experimented with Tesco deliveries I was told my area was not available. Incroyable!

Scarlet Blue said...

Mitzi: Crikey, your Fadge looks tasty.

Fairyhedgehog: I am confused by the moon - I blame it for everything.
Tesco's Mesco's.... mutter, mutter...

Ms Fancy: And through meagre portions there is always the benefit of losing some weight.
Every cloud... etc, etc... Plus, I will soon be publishing my cucumber recipe book entitled: Cuke It Up... or something equally rubbish...

Macy: Indeed it did... It would have been quicker to make a vat of sloe gin.

Happyfroggy: Sadly, I am still feeling groggy... I don't know why... probably need extra vegetables...

Ms Cakes: I hope thay sort it out - it was really easy to use until they started tinkering with it.
I will come and stay with you until they fix it!

Mr Beastie: I have run out of Kit-Kats and Waitrose wouldn't allow me down the tin-foil aisle. I suspect a conspiracy by Aliens.

Dave: Did you make it youself?

Pat: I'd recommend trying Waitrose, but only when they've sorted out their website.
It was brilliant at first - they gave me £5 off my first online shop, £10 off my second and £15 off my third - not to be sneezed at... but now it's all a horrible nightmare....

Sx

Dave said...

Yes. It's carved out of a large potatoe, with cucumber slices for wheels.

Dave said...

I regret that the drugs I am currently taking mean that I cannot spell potato.

Nikos said...

OK I was bending the truth slightly. I evidently got confused with a form of spicy blood pudding.

But look at this:

http://www.booths.co.uk/recipe/Spicy-Lamb-Burgers-With-Tzatziki

xsN

Whirlochre said...

Sounds like a problem I had the other week with some rhubarb from Lidl.

Pearl said...

Potatoe soup sucked through a cucumber straw.

There's a joke in there somewhere, but I leave it to the experts. :-)

Pearl

kyknoord said...

It's a foreshadowing of things to come: websites that run your life.

Scarlet Blue said...

...apologies for late replies...

Dave: Well that won't get you very far... especially if it rains.

Dave: I regret that I am not taking drugs and therefore have no excuses.

Mr Nikos: This recipe goes well with a ripe berry fruited, smooth red... which I am... are you my spicy meat dish?
Yes, I did used to work on Blind Date... God bless Cilla.

Mr Whirly: Did they not send you any custard?

Pearl: I will try to cuke up a joke!
[It's been an odd morning... this is the best I can do!]

Mr Kinky: Ha ha!! Websites are my life.

Sx

nick said...

Glad to see you've now supplemented your cucumber and spuds with a blind date. The deaf ones are tastier though.

Joanna Cake said...

The sofabed in my spare room is at your disposal - if we move some of the boxes, it has a sea view :)

wendy house said...

Online shopping provides the 'virtual' shopping basket but fails to provide the 'virtual' isles in which to entertain other shoppers with a "Sainsbury's flop". I miss seeing these wonderful emotive displays.

Scarlet Blue said...

Nick: Dates???
I knew there was something I'd forgotten....

Ms Cakes: You are lovely and generous!

Wendy: Sainsbury's flop? I will Google....

Sx