Maureen (looking at Andrew’s empty bowl): Wow. You really hoovered that.
Andrew (13): I did. I like it! Is it from this month’s cookbook?
Maureen: Yes. Another Nigella offering.
Andrew: I really liked it. Please make it again.
Nicholas (9): Same! I liked it.
Maureen: I think I know why you like this so much. It’s just like the pasta that Kirstin used to always make, with pancetta and peas. The only difference is the pasta shape.
Andrew: Hey, you’re right. It is!
Maureen: It’s called “Pasta Risotto” but I think we should call it “Fake Risotto.” It’s a lot like risotto, but with orzo pasta rather than arborio rice. But we did have to do a bit of a hunt to find orzo around here.
Nicholas: You’ll never guess where we got it.
Andrew: At M&S?
Andrew: The Coop?
Nicholas: No. The dodgiest shop in all of Greenwich!
Maureen: Well, I wouldn’t say quite that, but we did find it in a very unlikely shop. You should appreciate that no stone is left unturned when it comes to sourcing ingredients for your dinner.