Brunch without a shadow of doubt has to be one of my most favourite things about the weekend. Actually no, not just the weekend but one of my most favourite things about life in general. If I were to get up at 6am on a Tuesday morning and cook myself a steak for breakfast then I would most definitely be judged. People would think I was crazy, maybe a pig even. Not that I’m overly bothered about peoples opinions on my eating habits, but I guess eating steak at 6am isn’t exactly “normal”. Fast forward to the weekend and add 5 hours on to that clock and eating a steak in the morning becomes perfectly acceptable. Brunch is never a judgemental occasion which is why I absolutely love it.
I am a firm believer that chorizo should be used as much as possible. Whenever you think a dish is lacking something, the chances are that it probably just needs a bit of chorizo thrown in. I mean I wouldn’t recommend throwing it in a trifle or a vegetarian curry but you catch my drift, right? Chorizo is just awesome and can be used to enhance so many regular dishes into something really special.
The other day I was asked a very difficult question. If I had to survive on just three foods for the rest of my life what ones would I choose. As someone who loves pretty much everything this was really quite hard for me. In the end, after much thinking I decided on my three… sausages, butternut squash and pasta. Since answering this question I have changed my mind several times, halloumi, bacon, chocolate, proscuitto, avocado, bread… the list just goes on and on. There is only one food that has remained on the list and is definitely not going anywhere, and that is pasta.
Apparently we are now in spring. Foodwise this normally means that we begin to head away from proper winter comfort food and start cooking and eating lighter, more seasonal meals. We all have our favourite spring time meals. Ones that we associate with the longer evenings and the blooming of flowers, but as I look outside today I see absolutely no indication of this season change whatsoever. If anything it feels like we are reverting back to autumn. With grey skies, rain and naked trees it just seems wrong for me to start making a spring roast chicken or a pasta primavera. Instead, like the weather, I too have decided to stay in the past by continuing to cook warming comfort food until the weather decides to cooperate.
I have often found that some of my best ever recipes have come from using random leftovers from my cupboards and fridge. A few weeks ago I was in a very lazy mood and with the weather being terrible outside I just couldn’t bring myself to go out. The problem was that I really wanted chilli con carne, but had no mincemeat. In fact, I had no meat defrosted at all. Despite the nearest supermarket being not even 50 yards away, leaving my nice warm flat to get some beef mince was just not an option. Instead, I found myself holding a random butternut squash that I had just happened to find sitting in the back of my fridge.