“Pomegranate, saffron, rosewater, chestnut flour . . . that’s a pretty exotic shopping list,” he said.
“I don’t want to buy them, I’m experimenting,” she replied.
“I kept writing a list of what I needed, leaving it on the bench and coming home with a whole lot of things that weren’t on the list and none of the things that were.
“Now I put a whole lot of things I didn’t need on the list in the hope I’ll buy the things I do.”
“Does it work?” he said.
“Sort of. I haven’t bought anything that’s on the list; now I just have to figure out how to make it work for buying the things that aren’t on the list .”