[singlepic id=41 w=500 h=333 mode=watermark float=left]In a moment of weakness a few weeks ago, I ordered several cookbooks from Amazon. One of my purchases was Ainsley Harriott’s “Fresh and Fabulous Meals in Minutes”. It is no coincidence that I had been watching Ainsley’s show on tv earlier in the day.
I hardly need more cookbooks. I’m fairly certain that if I was to cook every recipe in every cookbook I wouldn’t duplicate a recipe for 20 years. However, there’s something about Ainsley’s cheeky and relaxed style that sucked me in. And I have no regrets, if even half the recipes are as good as this one.
The mushrooms are meltingly tender. If you cook them in the same pan as you just cooked the bacon, they take on the flavours of butter and bacon. If there is a better marriage of ingredients I don’t know it! The garlic, added later in the cooking process, doesn’t have time to crisp up and turn bitter and instead mellows with the addition of the creme fraiche. The thyme, my new favourite herb to use fresh, cuts through the richness of the dish and adds body to the flavours.
Make this dish for a loved one and they’ll be beating a path to your door. And it is simplicity itself to put together – providing you with even more time to spend with said loved one.