This is not some bizarre scheme in order to meet foxy art chicks and seduce them with my daring brushwork and skill with a 4b pencil, I actually quite enjoy painting and my ill composed daubings are hung all over my bedroom walls - I believe they help scare off burglars and wandering ghosts. Of course any foxy art chicks would be a bonus and I am not one to turn down the advances from members of the opposite sex, but I did really take the course up in order to improve my artistic skills.
Unfortunately, the hours of 6.00 - 9.00 are normally reserved for me cooking up my evening meal and scheduling the class during this time does make things a little awkward for me NoshBlog-wise. I think in future Mondays are likely to be very swift affairs - at least it will give me a chance to practise speed cooking - the sort of thing most people do of an evening (those who don't just stick something in the microwave or order a pizza that is).
So after a very enjoyable three hours sketching a starfish and a slice of dried lemon*, I toodled off home and rustled up something using some pre-made gnocchi I bought in Sainsbury's and kept in for such an emergency. The whole meal took only a few minutes to prepare and wasn't bad at all.
And then off to bed early - I'm going to Exeter again tomorrow and have to catch a train. What joy.
* I called my creation: The eternal wheel of Samsara - the birth and death of Shiva the destroyer in dreamspace.
A Chocolate Halva Bar: Like compacted dust but slightly less palatable. If I were Lucifer scrabbling on my belly eating dirt and this were offered by God as an alternative, I'd probably stick with the dirt.
Gnocchi with Salami, Olives and Mushrooms
10 Black Olives
1 Rasher Bacon
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Clove Garlic
½ Glass White Wine
½ tsp Crushed Chillis
1 tsp Capers
1 tsp Dried Oregano
*All quantities are very approximate and for a single person