Nicholas (8): Did you make this?
Maureen: Yes, of course I made it. This is from the new Jamie cookbook and we’re all on duty, so get ready to be articulate.
Nicholas: I don’t mean the rice, I mean the bread.
Andrew (Now 12! Happy Birthday!): Mom never makes bread for fear that Paul Hollywood will come knocking on the door and say, “Those bubbles in the bread are too big!”
Maureen (laughing): We’re off topic now, though I did love watching “The Great British Bake Off.” Even if it did mean I spent a lot of time yelling at the television. What does everyone think of this rice salad from Jamie?
Tim: I’m confused. How is this a British dish?
Maureen: I think it’s the combination of pork and apples with Caribbean flavours. Hang on. I don’t want to misquote Saint Jamie. Here’s what he said: “The great Caribbean classic, rice and peas, inspired me to create a really exciting rice salad of my own, because when done well, it’s a truly wonderful thing. The flavours in this one are like a roast pork dinner meets a rice salad… Tossing the pork with the rice helps lighten the dish up a little– so it’s perfect hot or cold for a more summery vibe.”
Tim: I’m not convinced.
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Anna: Yum, yum, yum!
Peter: Why have you decided to make banana bread today? It’s not something you’ve made that often before.
Anna: Because I have been craving it for weeks. And I haven’t made it much before as you told me you don’t like banana bread. Do you this?
Peter: I’m not a fan of mushy bananas.
Anna: You can hardly call this mushy bananas! It’s a bread. Flavoured with bananas. With crunchy walnuts and sultanas in it. Besides, I didn’t see you leaving it on your plate. It seems to have disappeared….
Peter: This reminds me of Australia where they are very big on banana bread.
Anna: You’re right! And it reminds me of my childhood. My mother used to make banana bread and the taste of it takes me back 30 years. I need all the help I can get these days. Will you be taking a slice to work.
Peter: I will, but will I smell of booze at my desk? There’s certainly alcohol in this.
Anna: Just a bit of rum, that’s all. This was so easy I’ll be making it again!
Maureen: We’re on duty tonight, folks. We’ve got something from the new cookbook. It’ll be a month of Italian recipes from Angela Hartnett. It’s bound to be a good month. Today we’re having pasta with walnut sauce.
Nicholas (8): I would have liked it without the lettuce.
Tim (with mock horror): There’s something green in this, Mom. It might be good for me! You know I don’t like green salad stuff!
Nicholas (not picking up on the sarcasm): Yes, it ruins it a bit.
Maureen: It’s just parsley! It won’t kill you!
Nicholas: Sorry. Erase that.
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Anna: Phew. This went much better than the Cake of DOOM. Apart from you forgetting half the ingredients.
Kirstin: I thought I HAD bought them!
Tom: So you didn’t forget them — you forgot that you hadn’t bought them.
Anna: This is a perfect Sunday afternoon cake. It’s fruity, it’s like a tea-time cake. It’s not a dessert cake. And it’s got at least two of your five-a-day in it.
Kirstin: It’s my first carrot cake!
Tom: I liked the raisins. Are they usually in carrot cakes?
Kirstin: They were supposed to be sultanas.
Anna: I thought they worked. They were darker and chewier than sultanas would have been. Perhaps because the cake was slightly burned.
Kirstin: We have at least figured out my oven now.
Anna: I think it would work very well with chopped dates in it, in place of the raisins.
Kirstin: So do you think Peter might like some of this cake then? On his sick bed? With his chicken noodle soup?
Anna: Yes, I think I will take him some home. I’ll eat it if he can’t!