Kirstin: I gave this book to Kathryn last Friday when they were visiting and we thought it might be interesting to try and cook a few of the meals at the same time and compare notes.
Tom: That’s a good idea! Let’s start!
Kirstin: Oops. Looks like I forgot the garlic. And I burnt the bread. Clearly I was having one of those evenings…but our guests have something to say about the garlic, so maybe it was no bad thing.
Miles: I love this! Please can we have this again?
Ella: It’s a little lemony, but I like it anyway. This bread is yummy.
Kirstin: This was Tamsin’s bread recipe suggestion. It was rather fun!
Tom: And we had lettuce from the garden, with some unexpected insect guests. Did you have to bash the chicken with a hammer?
Kirstin: Yes, between parchment paper. But I’m not sure about the 200ml of olive oil. 100ml would have sufficed.
Meanwhile, in Cape Town:
Sophie (aged 7, pointing to the lemony sauce): I did that.
Ingrid: Did you flatten the chicken? Mm … it’s very lemony.
Tom: Yes, it’s the South African take on things – it’s flattened because it’s township road kill.
Kathryn: What? I don’t get it.
Ingrid: Are we supposed to eat the garlic?
Chris: I did it already…
Ingrid: Eating the garlic is a mistake.
Tom: You don’t have to eat the garlic or lemon as it’s only lightly baked, not roasted.
William (aged 9): The chicken is very nice. (Exits bathroom after eating garlic, chaos ensues)
Chris: Pass the salt, please.
Tom: The potatoes are fabulous, I don’t care that they aren’t from the book.
Sophie: I want another potato.
Kathryn: There’s only one left.
Sarah: We could cut it into eight pieces.
Kathryn: I think this chicken is a bit lemony…
Ingrid & Tom: No it’s lovely, just so long as you don’t eat the garlic or lemon.
Ingrid: It’s very nice – it’s easy to dry out a chicken breast out.
Chris: There’s something missing though … not sure what. It needs something to balance the lemon. The rosemary didn’t come through strongly enough.
Ingrid: It was positively green.
Chris: But it didn’t balance it enough.
Kathryn: It’s good – and definitely easy. I doubled the chicken breasts but halved the olive oil. I didn’t double the lemon either. The potatoes were boiled until tender and then crushed with a fork. I then drizzled them with olive oil and added a sprinkle of salt. They then went into an oven (200C) for about 45 minutes.
Chris: They were bloody nice potatoes.