Maureen: As you can see, I found the bresaola. It was not easy to find. I struck out at Drings (though they said they usually do have it), Waitrose, the Cooperative, Sainsbury’s, Ocado and Marks & Spencer.
Tim: Where did you find it?
Maureen: At the most excellent and our most favourite Italian delicatessen, Gennaro’s in Lewisham, of course. I knew they would have it. I went after I passed my Life in the UK Citizenship test. (Editor’s note: Please excuse the blatant self-promotion, but hey, can you tell us how many members there are in the Welsh General Assembly or how many members there are in cabinet?)
Tim: What do you think?
Maureen: It’s very nice, but it hardly qualifies as a recipe. I’d call it a shopping list. Gennaro had a great tip that Gordon didn’t include. He said to be sure to put lemon juice on the bresaola. So I put lemon juice on the beef and then again on the rocket once I put it on top. What did you think?
Tim: It’s very nice, but it doesn’t feel like a meal. I think I might be hungry later.
Maureen: To be fair, this is supposed to be a starter. But since we both had a form of grilled cheese for lunch, I thought we should have salad for dinner. I’d have it again, but I wouldn’t need the recipe, or even the shopping list. I think I could remember what I need.
Earlier, after the boys are served the yoghurt.
Maureen: So boys, what do you think?
Andrew (11): I think it’s splendid. But I would like it more without the nuts.
Nicholas (7): I don’t like it very much.
Maureen: But why?
Nicholas: It makes my tummy feel funny. Not in a good way.
Maureen: I can tell you that this recipe didn’t really work. First of all, after I got over the guilt of having South American blueberries, which tasted delicious raw, they lost all their great flavour once I cooked them. The quantities weren’t right, either. Allowing only 37.5 grams of yoghurt per person seems very mean to me, since he only called for 150 grams for the whole thing. I increased the quantity to 500 grams, and added more honey. That seemed like a better amount.
Maureen: I wouldn’t make this again. It just didn’t work. And it made Nicholas’s tummy feel funny, which is never a good thing.