We have some lovely neighbours. They will knock on the door to borrow sometimes or other; we chat over the fence; we give each other little bits and bobs.
And every weekend Man Wonderful gets a Guardian newspaper, which is a fab read.
I like to read the cooking 'bit', the supplement that comes with this newspaper.
And most weeks I almost pee myself giggling at the pretentiousness of the ingredients some of these food writers think we have to hand in our kitchens...
(Apologies if you have some of these things in your kitchen..but do leave me a comment below to correct me if you do...)
Kaffir lime leaves **
Please forgive me if I'm wrong, but espeially during Lockdown, the recipes are stated to contain "everyday items", which in my book is baked beans, potatoes, onions, bread, spread - and in this wonderful country of ours, curry powder.
However, I have a small confession to make.
This week I actually cooked one of these posh recipes, and not once but twice!!
It featured - are you ready? - onions, cheese, egg and herbs: any that you have!!
The recipe (sorry I didn't take, my own photos last Saturday or today) is herby cheese dumplings on caramelised onions; and it's bl**dy handsome!
Today we had friends over for lunch, I made no-knead bread and a salad and we ate our cheesy dumplings and mopped up the herby oil with fresh bread.
What's the most pretentious recipe you've cooked?
Do you have many unusual ingredients in your larder??
** I confess to having Kaffir Lime Leaves on my spice and herb shelf, that I bought for a recipe but never used, and it went into my herby cheesy dumplings today.