Last night saw the end of our nightime blackouts at night, well kind of. New schedule next week sees us going out every second day instead of every day, and times are changed. No night time sheds but Saturday will be out from 4pm to 6.30 pm, so I can prepare supper and cook it after lights on. Back to the ubiquitous Tuna Rolls, but I admit I have enjoyed the change over the past couple of weeks.
Last night we fired up the Weber in anticiaption and got some marinaded pork fillets, that had been prepared by the new butcher in the area. He’d wrapped them in streaky bacon and marinaded them in a honey and mustard marinade. They were divine, moist, and very very tasty. He’s the same guy who did last weeks loin roast, so he’s going to be a regular. I tried the mushrooms again (see last weeks boo boo), as I still had some from a bulk buy special offer we’d had. This time I quartered the onions instead of thinly slicing them, and I zapped in three tomatoes, cut into quarters. Lots of seasoning, fresh thyme and this time a couple of bay leaves (I think the buck are enjoying my bay tree, it’s struggling to get beyond a foot high, and yet it’s really healthy, but there’s never any leaves on the thing). Better! The tomatoes produced a whole lot of juice for everything to bubble in, and it was a much bigger success story that last weeks disaster. Although the family still insist they really enjoyed the toffee consistency of last week’s! T’was all rather yummy.
Pudding was a massive cheat. I don’t usually do pud, but felt like something fresh, well sort of. We love fruit salad, and Pete and I can whip up a pretty mean one quite fast, but there’s something amiss with our fruit at the moment. I think the suppliers are freezing it or something, altho they deny it. You buy these expensive apples, nectarines etc, and they are vrot (Afrikaans for ‘rotten’) in the middle. So I’ve taken to buying (here goes a real admission) tins! Yes, tins of diced fruit, but in fruit juice, not syrup. A couple of fruit salad tins, a couple of tins of mandain orange segments, and this time I chucked in some frozen blackberries, which we only get frozen or in tins, never fresh (I did defrost them first tho). Served it with some really nice yoghurt from one of our more upmarket shops (fat free but really creamy still), and got a nice fresh pud.
I read somewhere, I think it was Time magazine, that with the tinning processes these days tinned produce is really as good as fresh. Well, I still question that and would plump for fresh any day, but in light of our vrot stuff, I’ll go with it!
So now I’m going to have to make my normal day to day family meals sound a lot more interesting than they really are – no more night time blackouts to stretch my imagination!!