The cheap one was the expensive one :-)

I have two chickens roasting  in the oven right now and Albin has been sitting in front of it complaining loudly for quite some time. That he already has gotten a bit more than half a pound of roasted chicken doesn’t mean much 🙂 🙂


I bought one of the chickens at the super market last week and it was rather cheap so I bought four of them. The other one I bought today on my way home, it costed a third more per kilo and I’m pretty sure I’ll get at least twice as much meat from that one than the cheap one. The expensive one is in fact much cheaper than the cheap one 🙂


I remember when I was a kid that when one bought a chicken they had put the heart, liver and some other stuff in a plastic bag inside the chicken and it was really important to remember to pick out that bag before cooking the bird 🙂 Everything tasted melted plastic otherwise and yes that happened in my family, my mother has never been a great cook. I can tell You loads of histories when it comes to her cooking but for now all You need to know is that I learned early in life to cook my own food 🙂 🙂


I also remember that one could buy hen in the stores. I guess it was hen that was used for egg production that when they had come to roads end were slaughtered. They actually remind me of the cheap chicken I bought, not a whole lot of meat on them. We usually boiled them for a very long time and then we made a stew or hen in curry. It was quite delicious to be honest but I don’t think one can buy hen any more, at least not in Swedish stores. Roosters are hard to find as well and to be honest, how many do Coq au vine now days. 


It finally looks as if Albin no longer loose weight, so now I really hope that he will start gaining it instead. It is time to make myself something to eat, it is over 8 hours since I last had something.



Have a great day!


10 thoughts on “The cheap one was the expensive one :-)

  1. Av någon konstig anledning så åt vi faktiskt kyckling idag! 🙂 Fast vi är ju bara 2 plus Santos, så det blev 2 små färska kycklingfiléer som jag skar i mindre bitar och marinerade i yakitorisås, stekte och la på en bädd av sallad, purjolök, rödlök, hackar gurka och paprika och sen hällde den varma marinaden på. Blev jättegott med chutney och grön wasabi (grön pepparrot) till – och Rolle fick naturligtvis kokt potatis också! 🙂 🙂
    Jag är uppfödd i en familj som älskade god mat och av en mamma som kunde trolla till det mest ynkliga till nåt riktigt gott – och vi hade alltid matgäster. Vänner och/eller släktingar – alla var välkomna. Så mat har alltid haft stor betydelse för mig och jag är rätt duktig på det…..vilket tyvärr syns också! 😦 😦 😦


    1. Hejsan Susie!

      Jag brukade äta mycket kyckling förr men sedan jag börjat göra det för Albin varje dag är jag lite trött på det, hur gott det än luktar 🙂 🙂 Kanske börjar jag igen om Albin klarar av att äta den nya hundmaten jag just köpt.

      Ville vi ha god mat åkte vi till mormor 🙂 🙂 Det enda hon var lite knackig på var sås men resten var juvligt 🙂

      Ha det gott!



  2. Hi Christer,
    More lovely photos today. Snow does make things look beautiful. Too bad it has to be so cold in order to get snow. I like the forest road photos best today.

    It’s possible that nobody in the developed world has made coq au vin with actual coq in many decades. Not even Julia Child way back in the 1960’s when her tv series was brand new. She couldn’t even get old hen back then. I think she used a capon which is sort of coq but not quite.
    I remember that our local markets had something called stewing hen. It probably wasn’t old hen. Nowadays, I think chickens are sent to market around 5 weeks. When we had chickens they went to market when they were 3 or 4 months. But they were ordinary chickens not the super meat chickens we have now.

    I hope Albin starts to gain some weight on his chicken diet. It’s good that he really loves it.
    Piki Dog has developed a fondness for peanut butter. I use it when I have to give him the shots. He is so happy to be licking peanut butter off a plate that he doesn’t even notice when I stick him with the needle.

    Enjoy the day.


    1. Hi Caryn!

      I managed to take some snowy photos so they might last for the rest of the week. It is getting warmer now and tomorrow we might get 50F 🙂

      That’s true, I don’t think anyone has sold a rooster since WW2 Then they could sell anything but now days they don’t let them grow up.I do remember hen being sold in the 80’s here though and I bought a couple for myself. Boiled hen in a curry stew is delicious 🙂

      I wouldn’t dare giving Albin peanut butter since he is allergic to everything else I’m pretty sure he is to peanuts too 🙂 🙂 but if this food doesn’t work for him I’ll go against everything I stand for and buy vegan food for him. I’ve heard that they now sell one that even vets approve of and it’s worth a try if nothing else works.

      Have a great day!



  3. As much as you dislike snow, Christer, your images do show off the beauty of a snowfall in your neighborhood. Our snow is mostly all gone now due to warm temperatures and an all-day rain. Now, thee’s the problem of “black ice” as the evening temps have dropped and roads are icy. Grenville was out this evening and said cars were sliding around so accidents may be in the local news by morning. You are right that often the more costly item does turn out better because you get more than a less expensive item. Hope the chicken turned out well for you and Albin!


    1. Hi Beatrice!

      I must admit that snow looks fine in photos 🙂 Ours will be gone by the weekend because now it’s getting warmer again.
      I’m pretty sure I’ll get the black ice problem on my way home from work tomorrow because the roads are pretty cold so melting water will freeze as soon as it hits.

      The chicken is only for Albin and I’m happy to say that he doesn’t get sick from eating it and the roasted chicken has so much more fat than just filets so I hope this will fatten him up 🙂

      Have a great day!



  4. it’s just the opposite here. if i buy the cheaper chickens they are huge and have much more meat on them. they are raised in awful conditions and fed feed to fatten them up fast. the expensive organic chickens are much smaller and have a lot less meat. i’m only buying organic ones for winnie!


    1. Hi Joyce!

      It is forbidden to give animals antibiotics if they aren’t sick here in Sweden and hormones are forbidden as well so even if these chickens aren’t organic they’re pretty close. Free range too it says. To be honest I didn’t even see if they had organic ones in the store but I doubt it. They have organic everything else though 🙂

      Have a great day!



  5. Christer,
    The snow looks lovely, but I’m glad you have it and not me. I admit, though, the snow makes for some lovely picture.

    I’m glad Albin is gaining weight again. I’m sure he was sniffing out those birds while they were cooking. My cats used to walk by the oven all the time when chicken was roasting.

    There is a farm near to me so I’m wondering if it has chicken for sale.I used to buy my chickens alive when I was in Africa so I could choose a hen or a rooster.

    Maddie now begs. She never did before but now she follows me into the kitchen hoping for a treat. I bought some ham for her today so she’ll get her tasty treat.

    Have a great evening!


    1. Hi Kat!

      It is all gone now because of the strong wind, warm air and the nasty rain and I must admit that I would rather have it like we had it.

      I do hope he will gain weight, so far he has at least not lost any more but he does have a lot more energy now so I guess the fat in the chicken does its job 🙂 He was sitting in front of the oven complaining loudly 🙂 🙂

      The one having chickens here died so we didn’t have any for some time but I think I heard a rooster the other day so perhaps one of the new villagers have some. I would like to have a few but I feel that will have to wait until I retire. All the time I have now is taken by the dogs 🙂

      Neither Bertil or Teodor begs but Bertil tends to eat Nova’s food while she’s eating 🙂 🙂 He is the only one that is allowed close to her food, the rest knows better than to try anything 🙂 🙂

      Have a great day!



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