Give us this day our daily bread, our first Le Creuset and an invitation to a posh meal out

A fantastic foodie day, nay – weekend.

Friday night: baked homemade sourdough bread for the first time, then lamented that it had taken me until so late in life to get around to doing such a ludicrously easy and smugly satisfying thing. The friends I’d invited over for dinner mistook me for a domestic goddess because, due to a hectic week that had led me to put off the baking again and again, the timing of the freshly baked bread coming out of the oven coincided exactly with their arrival. I insisted that it was my first time and by no means a regular occurrence, but they swatted away my protestations as modesty. Hey ho, goddess it is then. We sliced it and dipped it in homemade pesto as a starter and it was heaven.

Saturday am: spolit said friends by whipping up scrambled eggs on sourdough toast for breakfast. They’re sensitive gluttons – unwilling to resist delicious food but equally unwilling to think about what devilish ingredients have made it so damn edible. So I hid diligently in the kitchen to pour in the tub of cream and coax the eggs to fluffy perfection. The sensitive gluttons only saw the cold knob of butter being stirred in at the end and so enjoyed the finished dish unquestioningly. The sourdough made great toast too.

Saturday pm: off to Northcote Road to pick at free foodie samples, smear the windows of Gail’s bakery with our fingers and noses, and dip in and out of whimsical boutiques. Got lost in the bosom of a kitchenware shop, the aspirational kind that makes you realise that you have always needed a rubber pastry brush, shot glass liquid measurements comparer, pastel-coloured olde worlde kettle and novelty silicone muffin tray. As I tried to tear myself away, a red, heart-shaped Le Creuset casserole bewitched me. I had to ask the price, and did so fearfully, reverently. To my amazement, the reply was a third of the figure I’d expected to hear – and within the reach of my meagre bank balance.

Nevertheless, I backed away from the casserole and retired to an enticing new café to sagely debate the pros and cons of the purchase over cakes and tea. What am I saying? There were no cons! I just fancied a cake. Belly full, and flying high on the excitment of my first Le Creuset, the sugar of the Portuguese custard tart and the discovery of courgettes and hazelnuts as a frighteningly good cake combination, I headed back to the shop and surrendered my gold. I’m now dreaming up dishes that will suit a heart shape.

On to dinner, and a Vietnamese feast north of the river, at Au Lac. The sensitive gluttons and I asked the waiter coquettishly, as we always do, whether eight dishes would be considered too much food for the three of us (cue fingers crossed under the table in the hope that said waiter will take our lead and deny, deny, deny). The waiter showed mercy, telling us that in our case, eight dishes would be perfect, because we all looked hungry. (Note to waiters: this is known as The Perfect Answer).

Sunday: another day, another exciting meal to mentally prepare myself for, this time with my not-quite-father-in-law, at none other than Racine, in South Kensington. Most diners there would have got a black cab to the door of this bijou bistro, but not us. Keeping it real, we sat for an hour on a damp bus, me a dervish of anticipation, then battled through the driving rain to the restaurant. Despite what philosophers say, this particular event in my life was all about the destination, which more than made up for the hellish journey. Once through the door, our coats were whisked away, our bodies could luxuriate in the cosy sanctum, and our spirits could be temporarily be transported from this godforsaken island.

Racine was so superlative that describing it in an addendum to this post could not do it justice. It needs its own review, and so it shall have its own review. 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