Thursday, September 16, 2010

Summer Lunch & "pulling a Nigella"

Money has been kind of tight lately, since I booked flights for Boyfriend & I to go over east in January for my gorgeous cousin's 21st and to see AM! *squee* Also, I had to buy ink for the printer this week. Who knew it was so expensive? Luckily, the weather has been delightful enough to get away with snacking on fresh fruit & vegetables all day and sustaining myself with leftovers from Tara's pasta bake at night :)

I've been meaning to post lately but considering I've been having Tara's pasta bake and the delicious deli-counter fiesta of a pasta that Boy & I created almost exclusively, I don't want to pull a Nigella.

The phrase originated on Saturday when the Uber-Blonde and I were discussing our shared love of Jamie Oliver. I mentioned that I liked Nigella Lawson (she had an episode on comfort food where she made mashed potato and gravy, what is not to love?!). UB disagreed, saying she watched an episode of one of her shows marketed as an "Oh, working mothers, you have no time to cook, but make these nutritious meals for your family!"-type gig, and proceeded to make pasta tossed with a jar of antipasto vegetables and olive oil.

For the record, that is almost identical to the deli-counter fiesta, but as the name suggests we get olives, sundried tomato and stuffed peppers from the deli counter and have that with feta and pasta. NOM. Hence, posting that recipe would be somewhat "pulling a Nigella".

Much like the following recipe, in fact!


1 avocado per person
Salt and Pepper

1. Cut the avocado in half and remove the stone

2. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Nom down like it's nobody's business.


radbiscuits said...

I stared at that photo for ages wondering WHY IS THAT AVOCADO SPOTTY. Then I was like oh.

ginfancier said...

Personally, I have no problem with pulling a Nigella. i am all for it. Sure, pasta with antipasto veges is not the best of the best nutrition, but it is a damn sight better than most takeaway, much cheaper, doesn't require leaving the house and is makeable from what you have in the cupboard without having a meltdown. There are nights, oh young and un-childed persons, when these are things much to be desired. When pasta with antipasto veges is actually a pretty high culinary plane, compared to the cheese and crackers or tinned spaghetti that they would be getting otherwise. I think Nigella is great in giving you an excuse to do the not-perfect sometimes. Also, alternatives for nights when otherwise, the golden arches might be called upon.

This seems to have turned into a rant, which it wasn't meant to be! My point is that Nigella talks about food that people actually eat, regularly, at home, rather than food that is fit for a restaurant and I like that. So does Jamie, and I love him for it too, but let's face it, he's a bloke and has a loving wife to look after the kids, so he has the time and energy to whip up something gorgeous and grow the herbs himself and so on. I aspire to Jamie, and get there sometimes, but I am more often Nigella and I think that's okay!