What's This Delegation Shenanigans?

Wednesday 3/8/2005

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I went around my freinds' Gavin and Jacinta's for dinner today. They phoned up and invited me which was a bit of a shock, normally I just turn up with a glum, hungry expression and they let me in and give me cheese. "Aah, there's a poor little orphan boy at the door, and look, he's even brought his own spoon." But not today, today I was invited for dinner and Jacinta had even been consulting her cookbooks for something interesting to make me.

"Oh how lucky I am." I was thinking but all was not as it seemed - there was to be some delegating and I was to be roped in to 'assist'.

Now please don't feel I am being overly critical, but inviting somebody around for dinner and then getting them to cook it, is a bit of a cheek. And it was all so smoothly done too.

Jacinta chopped the tomtatoes and onions. She minced some garlic, beat some eggs - in fact it all looked as though it was one of those 'Jon sits down and drinks wine' sort of affairs, when all of a sudden Jacinta is called away to deal with something else (one of her brood had suddenly come down with the dropsy or flukes or whatever children are catching these days) and as she whizzed past cried "Can you make the dinner Jon, I just have to nip upstairs."

"What a bloomin' how d'you do." I thought, as I danced around like the chimney sweep in Mary Poppins. "That's a right old show and no mistake."

So I ended up helping make the dinner, which wasn't really a chore at all. The recipe came from a Tuscan cookbook Jacinta had stashed away and although tortina di pomodori sounds extravagant it's really just a fancy pants omelette, very similar to the French piperade but with loads of fresh basil instead of ham. It was pretty good though.

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Raspberry and wine granita: Very posh eh? Wasn't Granita the restaurant where Tony Bliar and Gordon Stingy made 'the pact'? Excellent granita though, with extra raspberries underneath and a choccy mint too.


  • Tortina di Pomodori
  • Ciabatta
  • Salad


    Tortina Di Pomodori
    1 Onion
    1 Clove Garlic
    1 Green Chilli
    1 Tbsp Olive Oil
    Handful of Fresh Basil
    2 Big Beefy Tomatoes
    3 Sun Dried Tomatoes in Oil
    6 Eggs
    100g Pecorino Cheese
    Salt and Pepper


  • Dice the onion and mince the garlic and chilli. Sweat in a little olive oil. When soft add the chopped tomatoes (both sorts, but no seeds - only firm flesh) and the torn basil. Once the tomatoes are soft pour over the eggs and season with a little salt and loads of black pepper. Grate on loads of cheese. Once the omelette is nearly cooked, grill for a moment or two to toast the top.