There are too many food blogs in the world already, I know.
You can look away now if you are sick of them.
But this post is going to be a food post. I love food. I love reading cookbooks (preferably chatty ones like Nigella rather than simply lists of instructions) even when I don’t get around to making the food inside. I love reading menus, even after I have chosen my meal. Cocktail menus are fantastic too, and I love to watch cocktails being made, whether the barman looks like Tom Cruise or not.
In a previous life I was a scientist, so the idea of measuring things out, mixing them up, spinning them around, heating up or cooling down, this all is very familiar. And unlike science, what you get at the end is FOOD!
So tonight I am making dinner for some friends. You can call it a dinner party if you must. Really it’s an excuse to spend the afternoon in the kitchen, spend more money than usual on ingredients, and try out some recipes. Whenever I watch Come Dine With Me and a contestant says “I haven’t tried this before” I always scream at them “Nooooooo! You are being judged! Do something tried-and-tested!” (although when they say “I’ve done this a million times before” it is generally a sign that this will be the time it goes wrong). Luckily I am not being judged. Except perhaps by you. I am having dinner with friends who will treat my efforts kindly, and if all doesn’t go well the Indian takeaway round the corner is open til 12.
Here are the two untried recipes:
Thai pork patties from the lovely, funny, and slightly sweary Esther Walker
Thai green curry from Jamie Oliver(actually from a book but this is where I could find it online – don’t worry it’s a safe link).
As you can possibly see, I didn’t follow either recipe 100% to the letter, but tasty food came out at the end so I will call it a success. The curry could have been creamier but that’s easy to fix – just add more coconut milk!