I'm not a wonderful cook but I do try to cook from scratch and don't buy that many ready made meals although I do admit to buying the odd ready made lasagne. I suppose that goes with working full time and being starving when I get in from work.
Being the end of the week I decided to celebrate with a take away for me and Beth. We decided on Chinese. I have lived in Penrith for nearly 20 years and it's the first time I've been in the local Chinese take away although Beth says she goes in for pork balls often on a lunch time
When I was married to my soldier husband in the 70s/80s and were on leave from Germany we used to visit the Chinese restaurants in Sunderland for a business man's lunch when shopping. Everything was £1.99. How things have changed! And not only the prices! When I ordered tonight, the very nice Chinese lady asked me if I wanted chips or rice. Now if I'd wanted chips, surely I would have gone to the chippie? I wanted authentic Chinese and not sweet and sour with chips. As it happens I had chicken chow mein and Beth had pork balls, which she seems partial to.
We ate our Chinese take away in front of the TV which was tuned into BBC2 and watched a programme about potatoes.
Beth wasn't watching, she was on her Blackberry.
According to the presenter, Greg Wallace, the Brits are becoming lazy about potatoes.
Greg Wallace is a green grocer and is a judge on Masterchef on the BBC.
Beth took her headphones off at this point to point out that Greg Wallace had recently married a young teacher from her school who he had met on Twitter. She popped another pork ball in and put her head phones back on and I continued to watch the programme.
So back to the Brits being lazy about potatoes. Greg reckons we, as Northern Europeans, are a nation of potato growers and as we don't grow rice we should stick to what we know best. He then gave me a couple of recipes for potatoes in the form of Dauphinoise potatoes and Potato Gnocchi, which looked very nice.
The programme also contained random interviews with people on Stupid Street saying their kids would only eat chips from the Chinese or pasta.
I like potatoes, rice and pasta. I like rice with my chinese, potatoes with my Sunday roast and pasta when I want something quick.
What do you prefer? Potatoes, rice or pasta?