What’s interesting about the random ingredient generator is its propensity to reflect everyone’s mood, the weather, the seasons, even the time of week. I imagine if it was done at the end of the week the answers would be all steaks and burgers. Last night was oats and capers and avocados and celeriac. Healthy – even, whisper it, austere, food – but inherently warming too. Last night might have been the most number of ingredients from the generator that I’ve managed to use – aubergine, anchovy, and sourdough. Not wildly ambitious, but henceforth each week I shall endeavour to beat it.
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A large aubergine
2 pieces of sourdough bread
Half a clove of garlic
A ball of mozzarella
A few anchovy fillets
A little chopped red chilli
Half a lemon
Salt, pepper, olive oil
– Preheat the grill to high. Slice the aubergine into long shards, season with salt and pepper, and fry in oil for a few minutes on each side until well charred and cooked through. Grill the bread for a couple of minutes on each side, then rub one side with garlic and a little olive oil.
– Lay the aubergine over the bread, break over the mozzarella and add a few anchovy fillets, pulled apart a little if you like. Season with pepper and a flick of olive oil and pop back under the grill for a couple of minutes. Serve with chopped chilli, a few parsley leaves and a squeeze of lemon.