Tom: Well, that was a different mashed potato recipe from the usual one.
Kirstin: We don’t normally do mashed potatoes, do we?
Tom: We don’t normally do carbs.
Tom: It is something that doesn’t quite look like Mickey Mouse? I give up.
Kirstin: It was egg white! I had to put it in at the end. And there was all this business about how she likes to steam her potatoes, and not just boil them. I had to boil the potatoes for ten minutes, unpeeled; then I had to take some water out and boil them for another 20 minutes. Then I had to take the peel off, mash them, add some boiled milk and butter, and add an egg white right at the end.
Tom: So it was more work than usual, but it was very good mash.
Kirstin: It was, but it was a full-time job. The nice thing is that you can make them before and then leave them in the oven. So you could actually use it for entertaining.
Tom: Which is the idea of this book, which looks rather good to me. Tell me again, who is this woman and where has she sprung from?
Kirstin: She’s Rachel Allen. She’s Oirish. She does a lot of morning TV. Before we started cooking from this book I’d made had her roast beef before! Remember, when I got that half a cow?
Tom: Er… which book was that from?
Kirstin: I can’t remember. One of her other books. I’m not cooking it again, though. It was very expensive, half a cow.
Tom: Well the pork chops were good too. I liked the way she said to blacken them in the griddle pan and then bung it in the oven.
Kirstin: And they had balsamic vinegar on them. They’ve been marinating all day.
Tom: Ah, that explains why I liked them so much! The fat was lovely and crunchy. And the courgettes didn’t sound terribly exciting, but they were great too! Just slightly browned.
Kirstin: I didn’t use butter, I used olive oil. Scooping out their insides was a little over the top, but anyway.
Tom: Is that allowed?
Kirstin: Yes, she said you could.
Tom: Well I’ve enjoyed this month’s cooking with Rachel o’Rachel. But I’ll leave the official verdict to you and Anna!