COMFORT COOK-UP

STILL musing , and I’ve decided I am just feeling a bit flat, maybe a bit tired. Daylight s l aving does get to me. I rise early and that ...


STILL musing, and I’ve decided I am just feeling a bit flat, maybe a bit tired.

Daylight slaving does get to me. I rise early and that one-hour earlier knocks me about. I’m working hard to keep creative juices flowing, but it’s hard. You know how it is - I’m not complaining, just sayin’. In putting all my energies to one thing, other things have to slip. So the creative cooking, running, swimming and gardening have fallen behind. I’m up there in the staples of working and family life, but I’d like to say I was better at juggling all the things hanging a little lower down the priority list. They’re there to make the heart sing, right? Well my heart’s singing a funeral dirge at the moment.

I did have a good crack at lifting myself from the slump last week and knocked up a pearl barley and mushroom risotto from this book. It looked great, smelled pretty good, but tasted, well, like pearl barley. The family was not keen.

The harvest hummus from fresh365 was better, for me at least. The recipe is here, but given the tahini was well past its use-by date I snuck in some peanut butter and a splosh of sesame oil. I also used only one 400g tin of chickpeas and instead of cilantro and red pepper flakes, I substituted a good splosh of Tabasco. The carrots were, of course, my own. All good.

PS: This post is dedicated to Pip and her grief-stricken culinary prowess.

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