Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Seizing the moment
I've discovered how to evangelise. I learnt the lesson yesterday evening when shopping "in civvies" at Morrisons. I wandered towards the fish counter and then opened up the latest copy of the BBC Good Food magazine to see if any recipe in it corresponded to any fish that was available. "You don't need that magazine," the fishmonger opined. "It's a waste of money. Just tell me what you want." I felt slightly affronted but a lot more relieved that this friendly man was taking the situation in hand. "I don't really know" I returned, somewhat weakly. "I've got a bit of time and I thought I'd make something good for supper." "What you want is monkfish," he said, pointing it out to me. "I buy this and wrap it in parma ham and put herbs in it for a special meal for my girlfriend and me." " I'm just cooking for one," I said; "how about sardines?" "Good choice," he said, concealing any disappointment he may have had that I was going for such a cheap alternative. "What I'd do with these is this: bake them with roasted vegetables and couscous and sprinkle them with cumin." As I was looking for the vegetables he actually came over and found a pre-packed tray of various ones, priced £1, and handed them to me. "There you go," he said, " a good meal for £2." "They don't pay you enough," I said. "They don't" he agreed.