The best thing about children is how they force you to stop whatever you’re doing and live life right here in the moment. There’s always a degree of concern as the end of term approaches but once it’s there, my time is up for all those marketing and admin tasks. That I’m writing this on a Thursday rather than my usual Monday, highlights how my diary has suddenly shifted.
The change of pace is a positive one. Last Friday it meant I invited a friend over to Gloucester Studio to test out a new dish. I’ve cooked entire chickens over the fire in dough before and I’ve cooked fish en papillote but I wanted to combine the ideas to cook fish over fire in a new way. The resulting mackerel with prawns and herbs cooked in dough was delicious and very much enhanced by the sparkling wine. By cooking it as I would for diners and eating it slowly with a friend, I was better able to think how the serving could be improved.
I’ve also been preparing for a trip away by smoking a shoulder of lamb to freeze and shopping for ingredients for a Simnel cake.
I hope your Easter Holiday is equally lovely.