COOKING FOR ONE CAN STILL BE A TREAT WITH SPECIAL SOLO DINNER – SO GO ON, SPOIL YOURSELF.
Sarah Tuck celebrates the joys of treating yourself to a special meal
SHARING DINNER AROUND the table with family has always been my favourite thing in the world. As my boys were growing up, from childhood to adulthood, nothing gave me more pleasure than to have us all seated around the table, sharing stories, opinions and thoughts – the older they became the more robust and considered the discussion! These days my boys are young men and have flown the nest and I find myself flying solo, so I have spent the last two years trying to ensure that I don’t lose the ritual of enjoying a lovely meal on my own. I certainly don’t light the candles every night, but once in a while I will cook up a feast (knowing that I will have leftovers to last me the week) and sit down to enjoy some of my favourite foods. French onion soup is a total classic; it is simple to make and gets better every day it sits in the fridge. A small serve teamed with a piece of golden, cheesy-toasted sourdough, it is the perfect way to start. Next up, I love a serving of softly curry-flavoured vegetables tucked into a flaky pastry shell, a fabulously nurturing combination, with enough for spare pies to pop in the freezer. To finish, I can’t go past vanilla-bean ice cream, given a flavour kick-inthe-pants with chocolate-spiked espresso, and an orangescented, chocolate-covered biscotti or two to dip in the bowl.
Flash back to a hot Sydney summer making Christmas mince pies with my lovelies