Maureen: Meat free Monday! Featuring a dish from the new cookbook.
Tim: What is it?
Maureen: She calls it Pasta Snails with Garlic Butter.
Andrew (16): Why pasta snails?
Maureen: Look at the shape of the pasta.
Andrew: Got it.
Maureen: Nicholas, this might remind you of the escargot you tried when we went to Paris.
Andrew & Tim: Nicholas tried escargot?
Maureen: He did. [Nicholas makes gagging noises.] To be fair, the escargot was not the best I’d ever had. The restaurant was highly rated on Trip Advisor, but it was rubbish. The waiter literally raised his eyebrows in surprise when I ordered the escargot. Either he wasn’t used to tourists ordering escargot, or it was a subtle warning to stay away. We’ll never know. What do you think of this?
Nicholas (12): Unlike the snails, I like this.
Andrew: Me too. I would happily eat this again.
Tim: So would I. What’s not to like? There’s loads of garlic butter in here.
Maureen: I’m not even going to tell you how much butter each person was apportioned [Editor’s Note: 25 grams per person. That strikes me as a lot.], but I think that’s why it was so good. This is a great meal for when you’re short on time. Easy to prepare, no exotic ingredients, delicious. I will definitely be making this again.
Nicholas: Unlike escargot, which I’m not in any hurry to try again.