Well, back to the topic at hand. My highest achievements in convenience cooking to date have to be the fake-outs I have created to:
- make my life easier
- allow me more time in the dining room and less in the kitchen missing out, and
- keep my guests oblivious to my little cheats, continually praising my culinary skills.
Now, this is nothing so crass as purchasing takeaway and passing it off as my own creation, no. More like taking creative licence and utilising the advantages of slightly pre-prepared courses. I suppose I must now lift the veil a little on my counterfeiting ability for the sake of this challenge. I can only hope you will keep it to yourselves, not spread the word too much. Would hate for some of my previous guests to find I am not the blonde Nigella they thought I was. It would be so very distressing for them to find the Goddess of Domestic Bliss has soggy, clay feet hidden by her imitation Manolo Blahniks. Here goes...
I give to you my favourite entree, and I must admit, a tasty quick fix meal for one when life is rushing by:
Madmother's Famous Tomato & Celery Soup.
1 can Big Red Tomato Soup
1/2 stick of celery
1 can of water
Dollop of cream
Finely chop celery and onion, add to water in saucepan. Bring to boil, simmer for 5 minutes. Add soup, stir, bring to boil again, turn off heat.
Serve adding small dollop of cream, swirl with knife for visual effect, sprinkle small amount of finely chopped parsley for garnish. I usually lightly toasted a thinly sliced breadstick, and added a small dish of butter curls for additional impact. Oh, offered cracked pepper too, of course. Really fancy stuff, huh? Fooled 'em every time. And the taste? Bellissimo. (Sorry, slight flash back to pizza world).