2pm: Hunger strikes and I walk to the fridge. We have some milk, orange juice, a lime, a quarter of a shrivelled lettuce, assorted condiments and a tin of tuna. Who puts a tin of tuna in the fridge?! I snatch it out of that cold, dark place and decide it will be my lunch. I did not proceed to scoff it like a starved neanderthal.
I scour the kitchen cupboards. Nothing instant except teabags. Fun fact: I don’t drink tea and yet I live.
I spot some polenta, pretend it is couscous and get it simmering in a pan of water. 1 part polenta to 4 parts water on low heat. Before I could blink, it is close to sludge consistency. I now pretend it’s a white sauce and keep stirring. I have never seen polenta in anything but a pre-cooked pack so this was very exciting. After about 5 minutes of Italian peasantry, I turned my attention to my motley crew of lunch hopefuls.
A diced clove of garlic spluttered in some olive oil with a grind of salt, pepper, a shake of dried basil and a squeeze of tomato paste. I added the tuna and smiled. Lunch was looking good. I set the polenta gloop in a ramekin and turned it over to enjoy like so.
What are your empty-fridge recipes? Any polenta-themed solutions would be great because I’m now hooked on this simple staple that expands mysteriously.