Daily Archives: 08/02/2016

#4 A Simplicious Challenge: Dipping into offal and fermented sardines

The Simplicious Challenge: I’m cooking all 306 recipes from Sarah Wilson’s book Simplicious, to see the impact it has on the way I buy, cook, consume and waste food. Read the first post here, if you missed it.

I’m an introvert. Sometimes a shy one, although I’m getting better at pretending to be less shy – a ‘risk’ on my part which usually pays off. I actually really like being with people, talking to people, eating with people… But I find I also need time alone to be quiet and recharge. This can be challenging with two curious little boys!

I find this can vary from day to day too. If my energy levels are already low, the prospect of walking around a crowded shopping mall or market can be physically exhausting (especially if I’m child-wrangling as well!). All those people. All that talking.

So it was a new kind of challenge, this last month, to be at the point where I was having to actually engage with people about fish and offal, two things I know very little about. Sarah actually mentions this in her book somewhere – the talking to people that comes from buying fresh and local food. Except she’s tall. I’m really not. There’s something intimidating about standing on my toes, peering up at a fishmonger or butcher looming over a giant glass counter, asking whether they can gut my sardines for me. Maybe it’s just that sometimes I think they can sense I’m going to do something weird with them. Like FERMENT THE SARDINES ON MY KITCHEN BENCH.

The offal was a particularly arduous experience. Continue reading

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