her lips were red.
I mean, full, dark red, just like that sun dried tomato pesto that we were eating. I wondered to myself if there actually WAS a lipstick colour called sun dried tomato pesto or something – that would be funny, you wouldn’t know whether to eat it or wear it!
there’s just a little bit of chilli in there, to give it a bit of heat – can you feel it – I asked her…
I like food that has flavour. This is great focaccia, by the way – soft and lots of taste
she told me. then she continued:
none of this bland stuff they keep feeding me, salads and oil, potatoes and butter, fish and cream. I mean, what is THAT all about?
I can tell you from just one taste what’s going on in this stuff you’ve made, which I’m quite happy to slather over my bread – is IS focaccia, isn’t it?
I can definitely taste pine nuts, toasted, right? There’s olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, cheese – tastes like Pecorino, am I right? Then there’s the chilli you mentioned, definitely more than a little bit, but just the right amount. And you haven’t used completely dried tomatoes, have you, seems to me to be those soft, fluffy “sun-blushed’ ones
This girl was good. Oh yeah, she was very good! How could she have known all that? I mean, OK, it wasn’t an exclusive recipe, pretty straightforward in a way. I made it regularly enough – throw everything in one of those hand blender attachments, whizz it for a minute or two, season to taste and it’s done. But I’d been making it for a long while and almost felt like it was mine, the taste, the texture, the colour. I could make it with my eyes closed. So how had SHE known what I was doing?
Anyway, I was going to play it cool. Not bad. Not bad at all, I told her. Then, I shook my head: there’s also some roasted garlic and some smoked sea salt.
She was unperturbed.
Well anyone could have told you THAT! I thought it was just too obvious to mention.
Then she paused, looked at me, starting to laugh and said:
Besides, this is the first time I’ve ever tried this red sun dried tomato pesto stuff. And you gave my best friends the recipe in your class yesterday!