After a sumptuous 90 minute bus ride on the regal 55 bus in 30 degree heat next to a 60 year old Nigerian woman who had what I can only assume was a conference call with her most mortal enemies directly into my ear for the duration of the journey, I wasn’t exactly feeling chirpy.
When I got in, Fern told me about some top secret ideas she has had about making the world a bit happier.
I’m not the first person to be won over recently by the unrelenting Trelfa brand of optimism (http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/news/gated/1082457/). Having combined this with some much needed restoration from the ever brilliant Snooman, who manages sweaty, deafened, late, grumpy boyfriends with unwavering aplomb, I felt reinvigorated and we decided we should get cooking a cheerful summer dinner.
The tomatoes become a zillion times sweeter and stronger from an hour and a half drying in a low heat brushed with basil oil.
Yellow courgettes fried with chilli and garlic, lemon zest and fennel quickly tossed in a pan with rocket.
Salmon pan roasted for not much more than a minute in a little butter to develop a crispy brown skin.
Happy, empty plates at the end – even though I think I overcooked the salmon. Another reason that it’s good to have optimistic friends and generous girlfriends – they like your food even when it isn’t perfect.