My lunch was very successful thanks to commenter Bad Bride's suggestion of Smitten Kitchen's Chicken Pho, which she described as "so, so stupidly easy you cannot fuck it up" this being EXACTLY what I want to hear about a recipe. It was delicious and I in turn commend it to you. There was not a single difficult element to it. Did I deep fry the shallots? Did I fuck, I bought some of those crispy onion bits from Tinie's which is my favourite shop in Brussels and which I also commend to you if you happen to live in Brussels and are in the market for some insanely well stocked no nonsense asian grocery good times. I have noted down all the other recipe recommendations for future attempts at "food other than Old El Paso and pasta" or "socialising" and thank you very much indeed for them, they all sounded excellent and quite idiot-proof.
I also made this chocolate mousse cake, which was as easy at it claims and a big hit, served with some slightly squashed 3 boxes for €4 raspberries off the market and some whipped cream, thus:
Wonky post cake carnage
Earlier in the day I also made some immensely delicious dark chocolate fleur de sel cookies, by sort of adapting this recipe so they were fudgy not chewy and adding milk chocolate chunks, thus:
Now I feel slightly bilious and have a champagne headache and my main plan for the rest of the day is to watch yesterday's 50 Minutes Inside, TF1's trashy celebrity magazine show, with a succession of cups of tea and Nurofens. I do not plan to cook anything even slightly ambitious again for at least a week. Though hang on, I have a vague plan to bake some of the cakes in my book to try and lure you into buying it, so that might be a lie. I'm not promising, I still have to buy fondant, several esoteric cake tins and a selection of nozzles and the mere thought exhausts me, so it may all come to naught and it will be my own fault if I only sell 1.7 copies of the book as a result.
35% Sinus/champagne head
35% THE SUN THE SUN THE SUN
I hope Eric wins Crufts tonight. Here are some more pictures of him looking magnificent.