An old friend had come to visit and cook with me for a few days.
We were planning to make some porridge for an early breakfast, before heading to market, only we’d run out of milk – why did that always seem to happen first thing in the morning?
In a moment of inspiration, I thought about adding coconut milk for flavour and texture. (Inspiration, and also a lonely can forgotten at the back of the cupboard)
Who knows, it could work, it might not – but just in case, I added a teaspoon of freshly grated coconut. (Inspiration plus desperation?)
“Do you know, that in some islands they use coconuts while waiting for a bus?” I’m not entirely sure why I asked that question, almost rhetorical. Maybe I felt there was a need, in my ‘role’ as a travelling chef, to offer tales and adventures from around the world, as if to prove I was who I said I was.
There was a blank stare and raised eyebrows, as if to say ‘huh?’ “You mean they sit on coconuts while waiting for a bus? Or do they use them as payment for the bus ride?” she asked. “And anyway, where exactly are people doing this kind of coconut bus waiting?”
I added a little boiling water to the oats, let it soak for a couple of minutes, then added a can of coconut milk. So far so good
How do you do that? she asked, that funny look on her face.
“That! That thing. you’ve done it again. creating something from nothing, making stuff like this…”
What are you talking about?
“I’ve just been to that fridge, couldn’t have been more than ten minutes ago – it was almost empty”
Well, there were a couple of things in there, you know. I thought we’d grab a quick breakfast at home before heading out.
“I know, but I don’t remember seeing all THIS stuff!”
You’ve just got to look for it and see what you can create. You see, I know how to look for it and make something that should work well together.
(She seemed suitably impressed, or at least my explanation convinced her I didn’t have a secret second fridge hidden away in the back)
I continued, feeling invincible now, i mean – everyone’s got these almond tart shells around – they’ll keep for days – hmmm, they are so good. And I just covered them with a little
white chocolate, you know, that one you nibble all the time when you’re reading?
(Without sharing, I wanted to add). and this is what to do next
Has this omelette scenario ever happened to you?
Sometimes you get to work a little earlier than usual, it’s 6am, dark and no one’s around when you get to work.
Yes, as usual with the early start, you’re totally STARVING, switch on the ovens, stoves, music, find a bit of
OLIVE oil bread you made a week ago, oh great – it’s still good, you somehow knew it would come in handy.
You slice it, toast it, slather it in that nice soft butter and shavings of cheese while making a hot buttery cream
cheese omelette that drips down your arms when you bite down into it but you just taste everything you need Continue Reading