What do you do when you are on your own for the evening? I’ll tell you what I did last Friday. I bought some gorgeous ingredients for a main meal, a bottle of red wine and a melt in the middle chocolate pudding from Marks and Spencer and ice-cream. It was more than enough to make up for a night watching Sport Relief.
For diner I cooked an Asian Lamb salad al la Nigella. The recipe came from her Nigella Express book. A lot of people knock Nigella because she is not a chef and because her food is often very fattening or because she uses pre-made products. But I don’t think she deserves a hard time, her programmes are light entertainment if nothing else with her long sexy stares into the camera and constant sly smile.
Because she is a cook and not a chef she has devised lots of excellent recipes that can be made at home easily and she has created a whole book of gorgeous recipes for busy people without lowering herself to frozen mash potato, pre-grated cheese or tinned mince (we all know who I am talking about).
The Asian salad was just salad leaves laid on a plate with thin slices of rare lamb laid over the top, doused with a delicious zingy, spicy, sweet, Asian dressing and scattered with spring onions. It was quick, simple and very tasty.
I proceeded with the melt in the middle chocolate pudding, which really is as delicious as it looks on the M&S advert with soft vanilla ice-cream.
I rounded off the night by finishing off my wine (a beautiful Rioja tempranillo 2005 from Tesco £4.50 down from £8!!) and as if I wasn’t full enough some strong Cheddar cheese and a few Bertolli tomato and oregano focaccia bites.
Well what is a girl to do on her own but spoil herself?