The kitchen is not my favourite room in the house. No room that is home to dishwashing will make anyone smile with glee. There’s always something spilt that needs cleaning, something mouldy that needs quarantining and the knives and fire thrown in don’t take from the stress.
But I love food. I love rich flavours that take my attention away from whoever’s talking. I love the way it plays with my senses from colour to smell to touch. And my reactions sometimes get a little carried away.
I recently had to leave a table of friends to eat my chocolate pie alone.
Apparently I’m a moaner. I don’t notice, until my ‘mmmmm’s of pleasure become slightly too… enthusiastic. I recently had to leave a table of friends to eat my chocolate pie alone. I wanted to be loud. And their looks of horror were off putting to say the least.
So when it comes to the kitchen? Quick and simple so I can spend more time tasting in the bedroom.
These look impressive, but are truly easy to make and easy to vary. In the winter replace the fruit and jam with mincemeat. Play around with the fruit used in the topping – replace berries with sliced plums or apple compote (stew cooking apples with sugar in water until soft). Try cooking the berries glazed with jam. Try grating on chocolate (or pouring it on melted), adding a mint leaf to garnish, serving with crème frêche. Or skip adding the jam, and at the end fill the pastry case with custard, allow to cool and add fruit.
Then make some noise! Mmmmmm!