So tonight, while sprawled on my couch with my kitty laying on my belly, I rediscovered another very British thing: Sophie Dahl. Sophie is famous children's book author Roald Dahl's granddaughter, and she is a chef. I'd seen her program once before while living in London and was thrilled when I saw 'The Delicious Miss Dahl' listed on my Digiturk guide. On 'The Delicious Miss Dahl', Sophie makes comfort food that reflects her mood. Today, Sophie was feeling nostalgic, and made the English comfort food she craved while she was living in New York. She made a very English meal; roasted tomatoe soup and twice baked potatoes, and 2000 miles away, in my little Turkish-ly decorated flat in Ankara, I felt nostalgic for a little taste of home cooking as well. 'Roasted tomatoes?' I thought, 'Why, that's my new favourite thing!' I threw the tomatoes, onions, garlic and herbs in a pot to roast and ran down to Eilidh's to borrow a hand blender to make my soup.
Now, my supply of fresh vegetables is running quite low, but I always keep potatoes, onions and garlic on hand and buy fresh tomatoes and other veg fresh every week. So, I had just what I needed to make this delicious recipe. What I noticed tonight about Sophie Dahl is that she's unbelievably calm and zen when she's cooking. She's relaxed, and doesn't seem to be too bothered about time or dirtying lots of dishes. Mind you, Miss Dahl is a professional chef and works in a professional kitchen studio. I am a teacher who's worked all day long and cooks in a small, windowless kitchen with very limited equipment. Did I mention that I have only one mixing bowl? This is pathetic, I know, but I wasn't exactly cooking much until recently. I think I'll invest in a few more cooking things.
I have been on a roll with cooking recently. I made a delicious pizza this Friday, breakfast on Saturday and bruchetta on Sunday. Will let you know what's cooking tomorrow.
|Twice Baked Potatoe and Roasted Tomatoe Soup, recipe courtesy of Sophie Dahl|