What makes a true friend? Loyalty? Sure. An appreciation for your unique sense of humour? Definitely. A mutual desire for companionship (and deep fried Mars bars in the pouring rain)? OK.
But the real evidence of friendship is a homebaked banana bread, heavy with walnuts and a thick ripple of Nutella through its middle. Just for you.
Charlie brought this over. It’s just banana bread, only he stopped halfway through pouring the batter and slapped on a layer of Nutella, then topped it with the rest of the batter and baked it. I love this kind of experimentation. Especially when it works.
Also, we had black-eyed pea soup. I put it in the slow cooker last night, having come across a chunk of leftover roast ham in the freezer. Into the CrockPot went:
a chunk of sliced roast ham the size of a small fist
about a cup of dried black-eyed peas (black beans would work just as well, or little white ones, or lentils)
a chopped orange pepper
half a chopped purple onion
a couple carrots
a few stalks of flaccid celery
a few cloves of garlic
the end of the bowl of salsa we were eating when we ran out of chips
6 cups of water
It cooked on low for 6-7 hours, and we ate it topped with grated Parmesan.