|Nigel Slater's chicken pho soup|
I can only hope that they had better have enjoyed themselves and that it was all worth it; (perhaps with the taste bud equivalent of louche living and dancing on the tables) because god knows I was miserable without them!
Since my taste buds have returned and appear to be in full working order I have been nurturing them with the complex and subtle flavours of south east Asia. I have become a little obsessed with all sorts of noodle soups, fragrant with spices and laden with a little meat and vegetables. Largely because I like this sort of food but also because I am playing a sort of quid pro quo with the recalcitrant taste buds; if I can feed them good things than perhaps they won't abscond without warning.
|Nigel Slater's honey, soy and mirin |
roasted chicken thighs
It may be that the ketjap manis had added an extra caramel layer of flavour and I know it sounds a bit peculiar, but it tasted absolutely divine. I may well roast my next Sunday chicken in this way.
The broth (I used homemade chicken stock - it was worth it!) is steeped with a star anise, some fresh ginger and lime juice. Into which I bunged some red chard from the garden and some cooked noodles. It was that easy, that quick and tasted bloody amazing.
I can confidently say that my taste buds were rather happy too, they are gallivanting here at home, as we speak. Hallelujah and definitely something to be thankful for!