By the way - and I can't think of any better place to say it than here - it is one of my greatest regrets in life that I can't sing. It's not like something you can work for in a New Year's Resolution kind of way - you either have it or you don't. You may wonder why I begin my post like this, but I was singing loudly along to the Rent soundtrack today while doing the dishes and as I listened to myself caterwaul it struck me that no matter how much I love to sing, no one would ever hire me to star in a Broadway show. Sigh.
- Take a jar of tomato pasta sauce. Empty into a pot, then half fill the jar with water, put the lid on, give it a shake and tip the contents into a pot. Biff a teacup or so of long grain rice into the sauce, and add more water if there doesn't seem to be enough liquid. Cook at a lowish heat for 20 or so minutes, stirring so it doesn't stick, until the rice is cooked. Pa-dah!
It is warm, and comforting, and transports even the most low-rent jar of pasta sauce into something seriously delicious.
To go with this I made Nigella's potato and onion hash, from Feast. It is basically cubed potato, fried till crispy with onion, topped with a fried egg. The perfect supper.
Finally - I swear, this is the last thing - I made the Blackberry and Apple Kuchen from Nigella Bites. Nigella's version is a sweetened slab of bread which has apple, blackberries, and crumble tumbled over before baking. I had found a punnet of blackberries at the local Four Square for $2.50, and so taken was I with how cheap they were that I had to buy them. This recipe is very easy, the dough is silkily easy to knead and roll out into its tin, and then all you have to do is dice the apple and make the cinnamony crumble. It's a miracle that I didn't muck it up somehow, as the final of Outrageous Fortune was starting when I put it in.
Above: Kuchen in the kitchen. This stuff is sooo good!
Am now off to make a list (and check it twice, I know) of ingredients for all the Christmas presents I'm going to be cooking over the next two weeks. Am also hoping that I get paid soon -eek!