Based on the memoir, of the same name, by British food writer Nigel Slater, Toast is subtitled as 'The Story of a Boy's Hunger'...only his hunger is not for lack of food, but lack of affection.
Apologies in advance to any British friends. I have to admit that I was not overly enthused about this movie. British food, in my experience, is neither thrilling nor inspiring. I remembered a trip to London years ago when I was in college. I was shocked that a baked potato could be simultaneously as dry as the Sahara Desert and greasy. Yuck. Then I ate at an Indian restaurant one evening and ended up with food poisoning. I just remember running for the loo at the Wimbeldon Underground station. Double yuck. So, my horrific food-memories in Britain have probably soured me quite a bit on the cuisine.
While there were many things I could have made from this - I almost made Lemon Meringue Pie! - I decided to make the first dish that Nigel attempts for his dad, after his mom's death, because a school friend told him that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. I have to agree with that!
While Nigel broiled the fish beyond recognition, I stuck with roasting at a lower heat and it was delicious.
Roasted Fennel Pollen Salmon
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