Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A night off

On Monday night, I didn’t feel much like pfaffing around in my mother’s closet-sized kitchen. It feels very strange to cook in unfamiliar surroundings where you can’t immediately find what you’re looking for, and all the cupboards and drawers are arranged according to someone else’s logic. And the tin that is marked ‘cake flour’ probably isn’t cake flour (or any kind of flour) at all.

Anyway, I prepared loads of fresh vegetables and put those on to cook, and rustled up a mushroom and onion gravy. Total time spent in preparation: 15 minutes. Then I set the timer, turned the gravy down low and went back to my laptop.

We had: potatoes, butternut, broccoli, carrots, courgettes and patty pans. And I opened a tin of butter beans.

There was nothing left. I didn’t even get the chance to take a photo.


Sparx said...

Sounds like a fabulous dinner. Can't get patty pans where I am, least I haven't seen them for ages and all the butternut I've bought recently has been under-ripe or stringy, really disappointing.

Sphinx said...

Thanx, Sparx, we thoroughly enjoyed it! I rely on butternut a lot, I don't know how I would manage without it. I suppose you could use pumpkin instead, but I always find pumpkin watery and stringy. Maybe it's a seasonal thing. The veg I used were the veg in my mother's fridge, I wanted to use up what she had before restocking the fridge for her.