S2, Ep 9: Breakfast in Bed, and Other Divisive Matters

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Gillian’s Best Ever Boxty Recipe

There’s a traditional Irish rhyme that goes:

‘Boxty on the griddle, Boxty in the pan, If you don’t eat Boxty, You’ll never get a man.’ It’s the sort of thing we used to jump rope to and you can certainly enjoy boxty whether you want a man or not. I’m sure of that!

The boxty I cooked for Annie and I for breakfast (her’s in bed, mine definitely not in bed), was dished up with crispy, salty bacon, spring greens and spring peas. G x

You’ll need: a large frying pan or griddle, or you can easily cook these on the bbq, and one of those metal box graters is handy.

!. Potatoes -500g of mashed potato and 500g of coarsely grated potato. For the grated potato, squeeze out as much of the liquid as you can in a chux / jay cloth or tea towel. You want the grated potato to be as dry as possible. And when you mash your potatoes, season them well, but don’t add milk or butter.

2. Eggs - 2 medium eggs. Use large if you only have them.

3. Onion - 1 small brown onion finely grated

4. Flour - 2 level tablespoons

5. Milk - approx 60ml. You may require a little more, but only add a teaspoon at a time. You want the mixture dropping consistency.

6. Butter - a small amount to fry your boxty

What to do:

In a bowl, add all your ingredients, except the butter. Beat them together. Melt the butter in a hot pan and spoon your mixture into the pan. Don’t crowd the pan - cook them in batches. Obviously, the bigger they are, the smaller your yield, but you can make one big one, if you like. Fry until golden brown on both side.


Esther Perel’s books Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs

And there is also a great interview with Esther Perel on the Goop podcast and on Angela Ledgerwood’s excellent podcast Lit Up

Nigella Lawson (I love you) is pro eating in bed. That snippet came from the interview Annabel Crabb conducted with Nigella at the Sydney Opera House. Here it is in full.

And our third issue of Dispatcher’s Digest (subscribe to receive future issues in your inbox) is dedicated to the Karl Ove Knausgaard debate.

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