This time of year, I need to be consuming the produce that is bouncing out of the backyard. Squash, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers. Not to mention all the fruit we collected and sorta semi preserved but still needs to be eaten, pronto.
But. Do you ever look at Tastespotting? I know. You do. All the time.
Oh, those gorgeous photos, better than any I could take. And those wondrous dishes from all over the world, some deeply complicated and some as simple as a plate of flavored noodles. They have nothing to do with my backyard problem. But they are beautifully seductive.
Yeah, I crumpled. I weakened. I jumped so far off the eat-local chart they should put me in permanent detention.
See, it was this picture of pretty brown spaghetti. The pasta was tinted by whatever concoction it had been stirred with. And the concoction was... butter and Bovril.
Help. I have only recently become enamored of Marmite. Before that, I had tasted a bit of Vegemite from a tiny gift jar, a joke present from my brother-in-law after his trip to Australia. (I think I was the only recipient of his gag gifts who actually wanted to eat it.) Now, at the risk of offending my friend who turned me on to Marmite, I have fallen under the spell of Bovril. It's — different. A little meaty. Smooth and mellow.
We almost didn't buy the Bovril for this dish, thinking Marmite would do the job, but our local store carries it, and, and, and... Whew.
OK. The "recipe" (you know I don't follow recipes) came from the charming ChickyEgg, a resident of Malaysia whose English is so CUTE. She totally talked me into trying it, grammatical innovations and all.
So, yeah, when you're using Bovril for the first time, you should probably follow the rules. I totally agree with ChickyEgg that one teaspoon of Bovril per serving is just right.
I also agree that the minced parsley topping is inevitable. I thought it was just for looks, but munching the taste of umami with sprightly crunches of chlorophyll was heaven. I woke up the next morning wanting more.
Yes, I loved it.