OK, so here's a common theme in my life: repetitive conversation.
I work in the airline industry. One of the best things about my job is that I work with different crew everyday. I mean, think how great it would be for you, office worker, if you could trade that old sour puss in the cubicle over there for a different colleague every day? It is amazing.
But also, frustrating. You can sometimes find yourself talking about the same stuff everyday. Where you're from, where you live now, what languages you speak... And then you start talking about your personal life. Cats, boyfriends and exes.
But I don't have any of those. So people ask me about my husband. They request to see pictures. I usually say I don't have any (too lazy to find one!), but sometimes I relent, and my soul crumbles a little when I see on their faces that they think I'm the lucky one.
They ask how long we've been together and when I tell them (12 years and counting), gasp and ask me what the secret is. Bored with trying to answer that seriously (I rule my house with a grip of iron and he's too scared to leave), my answer is always the same:
"Well, I make a pretty good panna cotta..."
But it dawned on me the other day that I actually had never made a panna cotta, didn't even know how. So I know you'll be pleased to know that my sarcasm has become truth. I do in fact make a pretty good panna cotta.
It took some research. Google will show you that people are quite opinionated about panna cotta and what should or shouldn't go into it, how much gelatine the mixture needs and whether or not the creamy pudding should be served unmoulded or not.
It began to give me a headache, which persisted until I had the wisdom and foresight to think to myself, screw it, I am master of my own destiny. So. This is panna cotta my way. Follow if you wish.
(I stole the buttermilk idea. It was delish.)
Perfect Panna Cotta
You will need:
300ml single cream (or 600ml and don't bother with the next two ingredients)
3 tbsp sugar
1 vanilla pod
2/3 sachet powdered gelatine (I used Dr. Oetker brand and it weighed around 8g)
- Scrape the seeds of the vanilla pod into the cream. Heat the cream until just below boiling and then allow to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, put the milk into a large bowl and sprinkle over the gelatine. Leave for 5 minutes.
- Whisk the warm milk into the milk and gelatine; add the buttermilk and mix well. Strain into a jug.
- Pour into 4 125ml ramekins. Chill until set (around 3 hours). Serve at room temperature. Which I did with rhubarb cooked in a little sugar, orange juice and left to steep with the left over vanilla pod.