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12.04.20 – Eileen Priestley
I never thought that I would be so obsessed with food. It probably stems from the fact that you can’t just nip out to the shops and get what you want. From one meal to the next I find that I’m planning out it my head what we can eat next. What makes the plate look full while you’re not really using much food. In the first week of lockdown I opened the salad draw of the fridge and in there besides the usual lettuce and tomatoes there was just one lone sprout and three green beans, probably left from a Sunday dinner. Darrell went to throw them out. ‘No don’t throw them in the bin, I’ll make something with them’, I vowed. But what can you make with one sprout and three green beans you’re thinking? Well, I made a casserole and put them in. All I knew was that food was hard to get hold of and there’s no way I’m I throwing anything away.
I went searching through the cupboard and found some walnuts so decided to make a walnut cake, with a butter-cream centre and icing on the top. It was well received. We got down to the last piece, when one day I had this craving for liquorice, I don’t know why because I’m not too bothered about liquorice. Probably because I couldn’t go to the shops and buy any. I wonder how many of you have had the craving for chocolate and it doesn’t matter what you eat, nothing takes the place of chocolate? Well I had the same problem with liquorice and I knew there wasn’t any in the house, so the only thing for it, I ate the last piece of walnut cake out of desperation. When I saw my sons face when he went into the cake tin and found it empty, I felt so….. guilty. ‘Never mind I’ll make a swiss roll’. Now I really had set myself a challenge, because the last time I attempted to make a swiss roll it turned out such a mess that I decided there and then that in future I will buy all the swiss rolls I want. I think I was about fourteen at the time. So I got out my old school cookery book, and there it was, a swiss roll recipe. There wasn’t enough jam in the fridge but there was plenty of lemon curd, and quite surprisingly, this time it turned out perfectly. Thank goodness for Mrs White, she did it again and came to the rescue.