Sunday 21 February, 2016 by Uncle Spike
With three freezers full of homegrown produce, it’s a pretty regular occurrence that I delve into their depths with not a clue as to what to cook myself. This was one such occasion; but it turned out rather tasty, so here’s what transpired.
Go the upright freezer, open door, scratch head in bewilderment.
Grab a couple of bags of frozen stuff. Occasional further head-scratching optional in an attempt to ascertain what the contents might actually be.
Let a small glimmer of a smile transpire when you guessed right.
Add half a cup of our own olive oil to a large non-stick ceramic pan. Heat on a hot flame until you know it’s getting dangeroıus.
Open the first bag, which happened to be broad beans (blanched before freezing last year), and throw the lot in. Hit with a large wooden spoon so it all breaks down. Quickly stir around so that you have individual beans, not a frozen lump.
Repeat Step Five with a bag of frozen pepper (Capsicum) chunks (varied ‘pepper’ heat), and bag of frozen green cherry tomatoes.
Mix on a high flame until things start to cook, stirring regularly.
Pour a glug more olive oil into a mixing bowl. To that, add a heaped teaspoon of hot smoked paprika, and a heaped teaspoon of a decent curry powder. I tend to use a strong masala. Then add a good pinch of home-dried herbs such as black basil, oregano and thyme. Add one glass of water, mix it all up, and chuck it in the pan.
Mix everything and turn down to a medium flame. Stir regularly for perhaps ten minutes. Then spear the cherry tomatoes one by one with a fork, or they’ll burn your mouth later!
Serve hot, with a sprinkling of fresh Sicilian parmesan cheese on top. Then remember you haven’t cooked anything for the kid. Sort that out quickly, and dine whilst sharing a Star Wars movie (watched over two nights coz of bedtime).