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Regardless of your skill with the production of food, everyone has a backup, a go-to. So for this week's Off Topic, let's talk about the little ace everyone has in the hole.
A site that Tegan's been especially fond of over the years, in part for how good and yet simple the recipes are, is Smitten Kitchen. A lot of Smitten stuff has found its way onto our table in the past, either from us or our collective friend group, and one recipe that's become a staple is the salted butter choc chip cookies.
Tegan dropped a container of these near the office kitchen yesterday. The container was empty after six minutes.
For myself personally, I like having a couple of salads up my sleeve. The easiest one is pretty basic: cook mushrooms with some butter for a while, boil some peas, add some lemon juice to the mushies and some mint (or mint jelly if you're lazy), mix in large serving bowl, add some fresh spinach and a chunk of basil, feta or mozarella, and seasoning to taste. You can add a bit more oomph by throwing some roasted vegetables in there, but it's a good thing to take around to large gatherings and it goes down pretty well.
When I was younger (read: I enjoyed a lot more food) I also basically perfected how to make a gooey microwave mug cake in the office. With Nutella. I'd have cocoa, sometimes a bit of coffee, sugar, add just the right amount of milk, a dollop of that hazlenut goodness on top, and blitz away. Always a great comfort.
But what's your go-to when you're slaving away in the kitchen? Are you more a baker or dessert person, or is your go-to more of a savoury delight?