About a month ago, Boyfriend had an idea for date night.
"We should do Ready Steady Cook."
Growing up in the 90s, Ready Steady Cook was the show I really looked forward to when I came home from school (aside from the children's programmes of course.) Whenever she came over to dinner, Saunders and I would pretend we were chefs on the show, and make up methods for how we created our bowls of half-melted ice cream and chocolate sauce. So when Boyfriend suggested we have a proper Ready Steady Cook Challenge, my excitement filter went in to overdrive.
We set the budget for £7.50 (the show's 'gourmet bag' budget) simply for the fact that £5.0 doesn't really get you anywhere any more in terms of ingredients.
The prize? A highly sought after selection of wooden utensils purchased from the budget line of my local supermarket!
Our Ready Steady Cook Challenge only had only a few guidelines:
- Herbs/Spices do not count in the £7.50 budget
- There is no time limit for cooking.
- Anything found in cupboards/the fridge may be used in addition to purchased goods.
- The other contender may be used as Sous Chef
Picking the ingredients was definitely tricky. I wasn't sure whether to go for a random selection, or pick things that I could create a dish with myself. In the end, I went for items that I knew we both liked, and sounded like a good combination. These included: black pudding, potatoes and a pear
And this is what he created!!
When the food was plated up, it sparked a really excitable conversation about the dish, and what each of us would have done a bit differently. As an avid recipe-following cook, I was so impressed with his creation, but at the same time, my heart sank....how was I going to beat this? I have the cooking creativity of beans on toast. This was going to be tough.
We left a gap of a few weekends until it was my turn. And when the time came, I'm not afraid to admit that I was pooping myself about it. Especially when I saw what ingredients he had chosen for me; pork belly (which I had never cooked before,) smoked cheese, peppers, mushrooms.....
But I bit the bullet and opened up my imagination, and I was actually really proud of my invention.