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Simple pleasures

During the lockdown, I did a bit of weekly shopping for my mother and several other households who were all isolating—no big deal, nothing major. And dropping stuff off on a Saturday morning was an excellent opportunity to have a natter and see how everyone was getting on. It reminded me of playing shop as a kid.
Once or twice, though, I added a little something extra from my own kitchen to their baskets, and this batch of roasted garlic in oil was one such gift. I relish it myself in almost everything from scrambled eggs to cream sauces. Within a few days, I started getting texts from my friends telling me how much they’d enjoyed it and how they’d used it in their own cooking. One inexpensive ingredient had brought us closer together, somehow.