Peter: This tastes of childhood.
Anna: What do you mean by that?
Peter: Well it’s a fairly innocuous base from which you can build any dish.
Anna: Sorry? Is that a metaphor for your childhood?
Anna: But you’re saying that your mum used to make one thing and then dress it up lots of different ways during the week?
Peter: Yes. So you could put potato on top and you’d have shepherds pie. You could have it with boiled potatoes. Or, as here, in a spag bol.
Anna: Sounds delicious. Well, I liked this as it was a healthy bolognese, but gutsy thanks to the wine and the mushrooms. And it was very easy to throw together. So another tick. But I have one gripe.
Peter: What’s that then?
Anna: It was way too runny. There’s just too many liquid components to the recipe. Lots of tinned tomatoes, lots of stock, lots of wine. Someone has got the proportions very wrong. You could easily cut the amount of liquid by a third.
Peter: There are lots of leftovers.
Anna: I’m not making a pie tomorrow, if that’s what you have in mind. But we will have it in a baked potato. So I guess I’m more like your mum than I thought.