January can be a trying month. The weather inevitably hits the seriously wintery, germs abound and diets and detoxes reign. So for those days when the blues hit, there’s loaded potato skins. Plenty of cheese, crispy bacon and comforting mashed potato means a happy belly and a happy you.
While Pami, my wife and the brains behind this blog, is in California it has been left to me to fend for myself in the kitchen. This calls for quick, simple meals-for-one that can be made after work and won’t send me heading for the takeout menus.
Another Sunday, another roast. We hadn’t planned ahead for this one, so the options were limited to the supermarket offerings. As we browsed the meat aisle the leg of lamb bleated longingly at me, but our wallets insisted we have chicken – although with Easter just around the corner and a beautiful lamb post on Cooking in Sens which definitely got the roasting juices flowing, lamb may be on the menu yet!
Lately, I’ve just been craving blue cheese. Maybe it’s a sign of my palate ‘maturing’, or maybe my body is craving some mold – obviously I haven’t inhaled enough during the damp English winter. But blue cheese has been on my mind and I’m always in the mood for a burger, so a blue cheese burger seemed the obvious solution. The addition of bacon needs no explanation, it just makes everything better.
I don’t prescribe to any particular religion, however, I can hardly argue with a holiday which dictates that you should eat pancakes. Mardi Gras, as far as I was concerned, was a massive party where you had all the fun you would be missing during Lent and ate all the goodies you’d be missing too. I had never heard any mention of pancakes in particular, but Pancake Day it is in Britain and who am I to disagree?
What is a store cupboard standby that can be dressed up in any way with any ingredient you happen to have and can be as homely or as luxurious as you want? Risotto, of course.