You’ve heard Lucy’s excuse. Mine is that I was in Thailand for two weeks (which I will post about later, I promise), but I also got food poisoning, which, although it was not from my kitchen, wasn’t putting me in the mood to cook. But I’m all healed up now, and I’m also quite hungry. So let’s dig in to some comfort food!
It is possible that there is a pasta recipe out there with a higher fat content than this one. But I have to say, I kind of doubt it. Ironically, I make it with whole grain pasta, as if that will actually make it ok. The good thing about it, however, is that it’s so rich and filling it’s pretty impossible to eat a ton of it, so it has a built-in mechanism for saving you from yourself.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you’re not going to eat the leftovers.
You would be forgiven for thinking that I had forgotten about this blog in January. In truth although I haven’t forgotten I have been internetless as well as living without a kitchen and so haven’t had much to blog about or indeed an easy way to do so. I am truly annoyed that we don’t have a kitchen for Burn’s night. When I had a three course meal planned out and everything. So if anybody is looking for ideas for this January 25th then let me help – even if you don’t want my help.
For your very Scottish starter can I suggest Cullen Skink
and for your dessert the equally Scottish Cranachan
Your main course is of course Haggis, Neeps and Tatties – what else could it be? And to go with this I recommend the following sauce….
- 500ml double cream
- 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp whisky
- Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper
- 1 tbsp chives, chopped
- The juice of half a lemon
Heat the double cream over a steady heat and stir in the mustards and whisky. Heat to a simmer and cook for a couple of minutes. Remove from the heat, season to taste, stir in the chives and whisk the lemon juice in. This makes quite a lot so you could very easily halve this and still have plenty. Or you could eat the leftovers for the rest of the week with a host of other things as we did.
Just remember that the most important thing is to have a few drinks and for somebody unfamiliar with Burns to try and struggle through the Ode to the Lassies. Happy Burns Night everyone!