Anna: The last time I cooked scallops was in Sydney, when we’d just arrived four years ago. I bought them from the fish market and used a recipe from the little River Cafe Fish book that Kirstin got me. They didn’t turn out very well as I remember.
Anna: I think it was more that kitchen in Sydney was crap. There was only one frying pan which everything burnt in, and the knife was blunt.
Peter: So you’re telling me that in the 90 boxes we shipped over there wasn’t a suitable fying pan?
Anna: This was before the 90 boxes arrived! When I was at the mercy of a kitchen kitted out by a rental company. Anyway. This recipe was more of a success, for a number of reasons. An important one being I had my own frying pan, knife, and kitchen to cook in.
Peter: You had quite a lot of scallops I noticed, in the Sterling sense of the word.
Anna: Well I tried to get the quantity required but I think in the end we got marginally more. You’re right though, they were expensive little buggers. This isn’t an everyday meal.
Peter: That’s not the cookbook’s fault.
Anna: I know. I was the one that chose the recipe. I thought it would be a treat on a rainy night.
Anna: So are you still hungry?
Peter: No, no. Because you got more scallops that we needed.
Anna: Only about 2 more.
Peter: Well that’s 2 pounds worth, so it’s an important difference!