Well I was going to write about my infamous chocolate slices today, and rant about the use of the word tiffin, but I have found myself delightfully distracted by stumbling across Nigella’s recipe of the day on twitter.
As you may or may not be aware, I do have a huge amount of respect for Nigella. Not because of her television programmes, her sultry looks to camera, or her seemingly glamorous lifestyle. In fact none of the typical love her or loathe her arguments cross my mind for more than a second. The reason why I think Nigella is fabulous, is that in spite of all the heartache she has suffered over the years, her passion for food remains. And her honest passion is just so obvious, as any lover will testify.
Therefore, it is to this end that I follow Nigella on twitter. Now for me twitter, facebook and the other social media forums, are something that I dip in and out of. But with twitter I am especially drawn to the notion that you can ‘pop in’ for literally seconds, and get a snapshot of what those you follow are thinking. Which gives me endless amusement and knowledge.
So today, when I dropped in for a few seconds to see what was happening on twitter, Nigella had posted strawberry and almond crumble, to which my mind said, ‘ah ha, we have some strawberries that we didn’t eat yesterday, I’ll use them’. Of course, when I went to check the weight of the strawberries, (you need 500g, hulled), to see if I needed to buy more, the box I had were festering in the vegetable rack, oozing a red liquid which even to me, looked unpalatable.
And so it was, that I had to trundle off to the supermarket and buy more strawberries, and some almonds, and actually almost all the ingredients, which was not my intention but once I have the idea in my head, tell you what, there’s not much that stops me… Barring lack of money, time, or just forgetting what I went for.
Having gathered all the ingredients together, I made the crumble which I have to say is extremely easy, and popped it in the oven. Now, taking into consideration that my oven doesn’t always understand what it has been designed to do, I checked on the crumble regularly to make sure it didn’t come out half burnt, and did exactly as instructed i.e. left it out for ten minutes before serving.
The verdict? We all agreed it was sweet, indulgent and absolutely delicious.
I’ll definitely be slotting this recipe into my repertoire. Thank-you, once again, Nigella.