When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.
~ Walt Disney
This evening, I stood across the road from the supermarket, caught in indecision.
I thought about the semi-bare appearance of both pantry and fridge, and the fact that grocery shopping might help that.
I reflected on my heightened state of laziness and the unpleasant idea of being crammed in a box with frenzied folk and bright lights and signs saying BUY ME BUY ME I’M ON SPECIAL [even though I’m crappy and unnecessary].
(I sometimes fantasise about a life free of supermarkets and glad-wrapped chicken and self-imposed walking up and down rows of stressed and tired people, boxed food and trolleys. Anyway, that’s a post for another time.)
The lure of fresh air and sunlight won over all supermarket-related thoughts in the end, so I walked on home.
Back at home, I found a forgotten (but more importantly: very edible) potato, a few eggs and some other bits and pieces. As I mulled over the question of the evening, “what shall I cook from not much at all?” I was reminded of a line someone once told me: “laziness breeds creativity”…
Laziness doesn’t usually seem to yield positive results in anything, but occasionally, it does.
And while I don’t think I’ll try calling my dinner tonight “creative”, I daresay I was pretty pleased with it anyway.
Handful of chopped parsley
For the aioli:
1 egg yolk
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 or 2 tsp lemon juice
200ml olive oil*
2 cloves garlic
Fine sea salt & cracked pepper
A pinch of paprika
A pinch of caster sugar
Make the aioli. Peel and smash the garlic with some salt – in a mortar and pestle if you have one, with a knife and a glass jar if you don’t have one (I don’t).
Place the egg yolk, mustard and lemon juice in a medium bowl; whisk immediately. Keep adding a few drops of olive oil at a time** and whisking the mixture until approximately half of the oil has been poured in. Then pour the rest of the olive oil in a thin and steady stream, whisking as you go, until it is completely incorporated.
Add in the garlic, paprika, caster sugar, and salt and pepper to taste – give it a last gentle stir. You should now have a glossy, creamy mixture which clings slightly to the whisk.
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Wash and slice the potato. Place the potato and eggs into the saucepan and boil for approximately 8 minutes or until the eggs are just hard boiled and the potato slices are soft, but not falling apart.
Peel and slice the eggs, then place on a plate with the potato slices, chopped parsley and aioli. Mix and eat.
Yields 1 serving. Keep remaining aioli*** in a glass jar for up to 7 days in the fridge.
* You may want to use some a mixture of light and pure/extra virgin olive oil or just light olive oil if you find the taste of pure olive oil too strong – I love the taste of olive oil, so I just used extra virgin.
** This was my first attempt at making aioli, but I have heard that it is crucial to add at least half the oil in very slowly so it doesn’t get ruined…
*** Lots of uses for aioli: serve with fresh vegetables, pan fried fish, crispy fries – mmm!