But I'm have to going to share this one as it is totally delicious. And what's more it's the product of yesterday's cupboard and fridge clear out, making do with what remains on the eve of a shopping trip. Here's how to replicate it.
- Heat a very good glug of rapeseed oil in a lidded frying pan.
- Dice the last remaining potato and an aubergine into one inch cubes. Or thereabouts. Honestly, if I gave that instruction to Louis he'd have his ruler out but there's really no need to be that pedantic. Pop them the hot oil and put the lid on.
- Chop up about a quarter of a chorizo sausage that's been lurking at the back of the cupboard for a while. I get immense satisfaction when I've use those last remains of food up. Gaining pleasure in throwing away the empty wrappers is one of my little quirks. Also, cube up half a block of leftover halloumi and chuck that in. Leave the lid on for about ten minutes so the steam adds to the frying process. It'll all cook quicker that way. Then open to the elements so that the cheese and potato can crisp up for about another five minutes.
- Add salt, pepper, halved cherry tomatoes and a lovely dash of smoked paprika to the mix. Hmm! at this stage I thought that it would all look far more lovely with the addition of a bit of greenery. Bah! The fridge was devoid of the usual peas, cabbage or broccoli.
- Result! Add half a chopped up Baby Gem right at the end of the cooking process so it just wilts. I'm sure I've seen cooked lettuce somewhere before and I'm not making it up
There you have it. A wonderful melange of flavours and sublime textures, slippery aubergine, squeaky salty cheese, a bite of the meat. Mmmmm! This might have been a bit of an experiment but it'll be one that I'll be repeating. Pudding was good as well. Yoghurt with some of my favourite salty caramel sauce mixed in topped with strawberries. I have to say that this was leftovers at their finest!