We kept buying a lot of potatoes for the past 2 weeks because a lot of ideas about how to cook potatoes kept coming in, every evening at 5.30pm and during our grocery shopping trips – leek and potato soup, shepherd’s pie, potato salad, just to name a few. I realised that potatoes are really versatile to cook, and they could create a bundle of surprises, if their potential flavours are maximised.
I have recently picked up on the 5.30pm Channel 4 show in Durham – ‘Jamie Oliver’s 30-minute meals‘ and am hereby mimicking some of his cooking ethos:
- Always praise your cooking techniques and recipes.
- Use cheater techniques to hasten the cooking process.
- Squeeze lemon juice and drip olive oil into (virtually all) dishes to signal the end of cooking.
That was the first thing the tour guide Andre told us. ‘People went down to mine Galena, not lead‘, he said. And Galena could make people rich – was what I remembered – which was what caught me off-guard, because I have always thought that mining was a job for the poor and unmotivated.
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Am Dienstag hat mein Mann mir ein Sandwich gemacht. Es schmeckt wirklich sehr gut, wie ein aus einem Backerei. Yum! Yum!
I’m almost all done with the stocking up of ingredients in the hostel kitchen. Just today, we managed to snatch up an even more estimable commodity: a bottle of Chinese marinade sauce! We didn’t even know such a sauce existed before. Not sure whether it’s cheap though – it was GBP2.99. But anything to make us happy during meal times is worth the amount spent. And when I say happy, it refers to anything that’s ‘home’. 🙂