Anna: I chose this menu for you Natalie. It’s your birthday week, and everyone deserves a nice curry on their birthday. Will you be blogging tonight in the manner of Gregg Wallace?
Nats: If I was critiquing in the Gregg Wallace-manner, I’d call it a ‘tender, buttery, smack-in-the-chops of flavour’.
Anna: Can you translate for us?
Nats: That was me trying to be Southern! I was particularly impressed with how well the rice was cooked, and that wasn’t even in the recipe.
Anna: Thank you.
Nats: I think the curry was milder than I’d expect from you. But absolutely delish.
Peter: It had an interesting texture due to the addition of nuts.
Nats: Did you feel they contrasted particularly well with the beans, which were a bridge between the chicken and the nuts?
Peter: I’m with you. I can see where you’re going with that one. Good point. Well observed.
Nats: I’d always associate Anna with cooking something that punches you round the mouth.
Peter: No, it wasn’t a chicken Nazi.
Anna: You make me sick. The pair of you.
Nats: Now the cake was absolutely lush.
Anna: I have to admit that I had to improvise a bit with the ground almonds, discovering as I did at the eleventh hour that I had none. So I whizzed up some blanched almonds in the food processor instead. This means it probably has a crunchier texture than it’s meant to.
Nats: I would say that’s a good thing. Because it was quite a simple cake. I’m saying that, but how many cakes do I make?
Anna: Do you mean rustic?
Nats: I don’t know… do I? Maybe because it was flourless, it needed a bit of texture. It was very moist.
Anna: I don’t like the word moist. You know that.
Nats: It’s so descriptive though. It means exactly what it says on the cake tin. Anything with almonds is a winner with me. I particularly liked the addition of the fruit. Even though I don’t normally like mango. I’m with Kirstin on that.
Anna: Did you get the white chocolate?
Nats: No. I couldn’t taste it specifically. No. NO.
Anna; I did. But I knew what I was tasting as I licked the spatula when I was cooking it.