At any minute I expect the unwashed of Barnes to turn up at the door with flaming torches and pitchforks, trying to wrest my creature away from me. I won't let them get you my pretty. Rest now, rest... I have work for you later.
Sadly my first ever contribution to the culinary folklore of this proud nation wasn't planned. Usually when Ana goes away I take the opportunity to clear out the freezer, and it's also a time of experimenting with new dishes.
Today I simply combined the two processes. I found a tub of what I thought was pasta sauce in the freezer but turned out to be left-over lentil and sausage hotpot, sans sausages.
I didn't realise until I came to put the meatballs in and by then it was too late. Despite being thinned out with some passata it was still quite thick but surprisingly delicious. I couldn't have any more than one bowl though.
The only other benefit of Ana being away is I get the chance to catch up on the many draft posts cluttering up the blog. So if you're at all interested, here's what I've added:
- Seemingly our millionth dish of sesame chicken salad this year
- Seemingly our millionth dish of mozzarella, peach, basil and parma ham salad this year
- Thai-style beef salad, with a picture taken on Ana's new iPhone and emailed to my work address, so I could update from work. Only I didn't and ended up sending it to my gmail account on Friday so I could update from home
- Virginie's birthday BBQ
- Entertaining Miss Lucy Ferguson with three different vegetarian curries. Not that she's vegetarian I hasten to add
- And a three day chorizo and tomato fest, beginning with tomato, red onion and creme fraich tart, and ending with chorizo and butter bean casserole, via chorizo and tomato salad.
I made this although I suppose *technically* it's a combination of Angela Boggiano's meatballs from the December 2007 edition of Delicious, and the hotpot from the Black Book.