Son & heir's plans changed suddenly and instead of being out this evening, he and a friend were going to be in for dinner after all. This meant that what we had planned to have - a night off from cooking, complete with prawn cocktail baguettes - was abandoned and I had to get thinking about what to make instead!
It had to be something easy, with not much preparation, as following on from a busy and slightly stressful day yesterday (yes, going out for lunch is stressful, these days), I knew I'd be feeling it today.
Good old pasta. You can't go wrong with it, it's so easy to make - whatever you put with it! I decided upon the Sicilian Pork Ragu with Chocolate that we all love. All you need to prepare is an onion and some basil, so it was perfect. You can find the recipe for this quick and stress-free lovely at http://jennyeatwellsrhubarbginger.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/sicilian-pork-ragu-with-chocolate-co.html
The ragu was a little wetter than usual, largely because the pan decided to act like Mount Vesuvius and send little super hot globules of sauce flying in all directions. I'm really not sure why this one decided to do that and others haven't, but it made simmering the sauce virtually impossible. I really must buy a splatter guard. I don't really want to go and see the state my cooker is in!
Dessert was a shop-bought lemon tart with additional raspberries - and hubby went a bit mad with the squirty cream and sprinkles. He reckons everything is made better by the addition of sprinkles. He may even be right!