Some of the ingredients I miss most when I’m away from home are good olive oil, aubergines and garlic (although I did take a bulb of garlic with me and surreptitiously added it to some of the food I ate while we were travelling – not in people’s homes, I hasten to add).
Luckily there were a lot of aubergines waiting to be picked in the garden when we got home. We had a long day’s journey yesterday, by very comfortable high-speed train because we don’t fly, but we were too tired to spend much time cooking so I simply sliced this aubergine and fried it in olive oil, adding chopped garlic, salt and thyme leaves after cooking. The scent of the fresh thyme leaves told me I was home. We ate this with some delicious tender pieces of corn-fed chicken.