Hermie has been enjoying the mild weather in his pen outside in Richard's garden, especially due to the fact that there are so many weeds in the garden. He doesn't like weeds in general, at least, not Belgian ones, but Hermie appears to love the weeds here. This may have something to do with the fact that I cannot find chicory, his favourite vegetable, anywhere. True, I have yet to look in Sainsburys and Waitrose, but how on earth can the Brits live without one of Belgium's national dishes, chicon au gratin or chicon caramilisé?
Not being able to buy chicory here is a bit of a shock, especially as you can buy strange, Chinese mushrooms, yams and many other exotic vegetables. Chicory is a simple, root vegetable, lovely in salads or cooked slowly with a little brown sugar. It is also Hermie's favourite snack and the man in Tescos is getting a little fed up each time we go there as without fail, I'll ask him if they stock any chicory. Torts in England have no idea what they are missing out on in this rather backward country.
Waitrose and Sainsburys are next on the list.