This morning, while grubbing around at the back of the pantry shelves I came across my hiding place for my dirty little kitchen secrets. I’m sure we all have them – those ingredients that we wouldn’t like to be seen to use, but which we fall back on for convenience sake, from force of habit or, in my case, often sheer laziness! I have decided it is time to make a clean breast of things and to admit to my little lapse in culinary candour, but I swear I have a perfectly good and legitimate excuse.
If you have had a look at my “About Me” page you will know that I come from a home tragically deprived of decent homemade food. When magazines and cookbooks speak lovingly of food “as good as Grandma makes”, I can only lower my eyes, shuffle my feet and sigh quietly to myself in self-pity as I recall my childhood meal traumas. Having said that, children are notoriously resilient and will often take pleasure in the smallest things. I have some very fond memories of my Grandmothers roast lamb. This was a big treat in our house, generally cooked on the traditional day – Sunday – and served with the the most wonderful roasted potatoes (cooked in dripping) and gravy. Unfortunately this was often accompanied by grey veggies, but I have moved on from there, now. My Grandmother did, indeed, have a secret to her scrummy gravy. My mother used it, it is a family tradition which I have carried on and it is that which I stumbled across.
My kids seem to enjoy tucking into a roast swimming in gravy made this way just as much as I did and there are mutters of discontent if I try anything too fancy on them, so I just go with the flow. I am well aware that most of it’s flavour comes from salt, but it keeps everyone happy and makes my life easier. It never goes lumpy, is made in mere minutes and it does say that it is “Traditional” on the box!
So there – I’ve bared my soul to you. I don’t believe for a minute that you don’t have any dirty little kitchen secrets of your own and I think it only fair that you share yours with me now – so tell me, what shortcuts do you use to make your time in the kitchen just that bit easier?[mc4wp_form id="16750"]