Sometimes I get so frustrated with my cooking.
It goes like this.... Open the fridge door... What is lurking?
Look in the cupboard to check the staples. Yes! Pasta,rice,noodles,lentils all in a row. They are flanked by Cous Cous,Bulghar,mung beans and enough tins of various beans to cover every base.
My spices, which excited me so much, may be past their best.
And,I have a lot of cookery books. I actually read cookery books. I take them to bed with me. I study the photos. I plan imaginary suppers,feasts,dinners with friends etc.etc.
So, why do I like Nigel Slater so much. I have worked it out. It's because he views his food plans in a special way. Not what do I need to buy to make this meal? But what have I got to make a meal?
Andy and I are not fussy,picky eaters. We love food shopping.we love going to the markets particularly here in Spain.most of all we hate wasting food.
When we had a family to feed I used to meal plan. I am sure my children could tell you that roast was on a Sunday. Cold meat and Chips on a Monday ... It got worse as the week went on. Often ending with Pizza on a Thursday and takeaway on a Friday.
Nowadays,since we retired, often we do not even know what day it is. We take it in turns to cook. He is a very good cook. Very precise,he has a very good palette and can get very cheffy and cross if I am not ready to "sit up" when his food touches the plates.
This morning I felt like cooking and I opened the fridge door and it went like this ... No recipe book. No buying special ingredients just using what we had.
Sauté slices of aubergines until brown in the least amount of Olive oil you can get away with.
Using the same sauté pan cook all the rest of the ingredients gently and until sweet and slightly coloured. The onions and garlic smelt so good.
Next,carrots,mushrooms,broccoli stalks and snippets of asparagus.it began to look so colourful. In a separate pan I had lightly boiled cauliflower and broccoli florets. I had kept the cooking liquor and instead of adding more oil to the sauté pan I added the cooking liquid.
I also cooked some pasta and arranged all these goodies in layers in the cooking pots. 1 for now. 1 for the freezer. 1 for a neighbour living on her own.
Nigel Slater eat your heart out. Using what greets you when you open the fridge door is simply the best.