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Summer Puttanesca

Wow! I haven’t blogged for ages! I have been cooking loads but doing so for myself without the pressure to blog at the same time – i used to use my commutes to write blog posts but am using my tube time to watch TED talks, listen to podcasts and read aswell as watching the occasional episode of This Is Us!

Anyway – Summer is here and i fancied a light, fresh pasta dish. Inspired by the NYT Cooking app I cooked Summer Puttanesca – chilli kick, fresh lemon and rich anchovies were lovely in the South London heat tonight!

Serves 2

  • 1 tsp Chilli flakes
  • 2 Cloves Garlic – sliced
  • 1 tin anchovies – chopped
  • 1/2 jar of capers
  • 1 bag rocket
  • 1 Tin tuna
  • 1 bunch parsley (chopped)
  • 2 servings wholewheat spaghetti

Put the spaghetti on to boil as per instructions. In a separate frying pan heat some olive oil and gently fry the garlic and chilli until sizzling and softened. Add the anchovies and capers and allow the anchovies to melt. At this stage, keep mixing all together and add a ladle of the pasta water and add the rocket . Mix together, adding extra water if needed to loosen. Once the pasta is cooked, add it to the mixture and stir in the tuna. Finally stir the chopped parsley through ensuring everything is mixed together and the pasta is smothered in the sauce.

I served my dinner with some toasted lemon zest breadcrumbs on top and a side salad of asparagus, parmesan and pinenuts.

Enjoy!

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    What to do when you have too much Spaghetti

    Since Elix moved to Singapore I have had to be more mindful of how much food I am buying/eating to ensure I am not being wasteful. After an unfortunate incident when some bicarbonate of soda fell out of my packed cupboard all over the beginnings of a noodle salad, I decided to start using up the food I already have in my fridge, cupboard and freezer to waste less, save more and create some much needed space.

    The cupboard contained nearly every type of pasta you can imagine aswell as four varieties of dried italian herbs and spices that I had picked up during trips to Florence, Sicily and Bologna. I also found two bags of frozen broad beans in the freezer and 3 portions of chorizo from when we didn’t get round to cooking paella over Christmas.

    Anyway – these recipes were made by using only food I already had in, were super easy and very tasty – even if I do say so myself.

    Both recipes served just me and were made with wholewheat Spaghetti- boiled for 8minutes until al dente.

    Spaghetti with Roasted Cauliflower, Chorizo & Broad Beans

    Roast 1/4 head of cauliflower in the oven for 30minutes until caramelised. Boil a large handful of broad beans for 5minutes – de-pod and leave to one side. In a shallow frying pan, fry the diced chorizo (i used 1/4 of a whole one) as it begins to crisp up add a clove of diced garlic. Mix for a couple of minutes and add the cauliflower and broad beans. Drain the pasta – add in a teaspoon of dried chilli and oregano and mix together with olive oil. Finally on a very gentle heat, add the chorizo, cauliflower and beans to the pasta. Mix and heat through and serve.

    Spaghetti with Garlic & Basil Courgettes & Tenderstem Broccoli

    This one is super quick and simple. Boil the tenderstem for 4minutes. Meanwhile slice the courgettes and place in a dry pan letting them char a little. Turn the heat off, add the broccoli and a handful of ripped basil and mix together with a drizzle of olive oil. When the spaghetti is cooked, drain and put back in the saucepan on a low heat. Add a generous glug of olive oil and some dried oregano, parsley and a little dried chilli. Mix together and add the greens. Serve with a sprinkling of grated parmigiana and enjoy!

    Trullo Pastas

    Peter bought me the Trullo cookbook as a pre-Christmas gift and we decided to celebrate the New Year with an Italian themed dinner.

    Trullo is a very popular Italian restaurant in Highbury – North London – its always busy, gets great reviews and serves delicious unfussy Italian food.

    Our starter was Burrata with anchovy paste and broad beans – this is the sort of dish i always order when im out for dinner and it was surprisingly easy to make – blitzing anchovies, garlic, olive oil and lemon juice in the nutri-bullet, and simply topping with the burrata and scattering broad beans on top.

    Anyway – on to the main courses which i will write up here – both very simple and tasty and again, the sorts of dishes I would always order in an Italian restaurant.

    Firstly for the Orecchiette with Broccoli, Anchovy and Chilli

    Serves 2
    500g Tenderstem or Purple Sprouting Broccoli
    2 Garlic Cloves – finely diced
    Sprinkle of dried Chilli flakes
    1/2 tin Anchovies
    200g Orecchiette Pasta (Farfalle is recommended if you cant source the “little ears”)
    Olive Oil
    Salt & Pepper
    Parmesan – for seasoning at the end

    Boil the broccoli for 7 minutes and leave to one side.
    Boil the pasta according to instructions – ours took around 10minutes which is exactly how long the sauce took to cook!
    In a shallow frying pan gently fry the garlic and chilli in some olive oil until the garlic starts to colour. Add the anchovies to melt for 3 minutes. Add the broccoli and a dash of water and pop a lid on the pan for 8-10 minutes. Remove the lid, season and add more olive oil for a little extra richness. Mix together with the pasta and serve with parmesan shavings on top.

    The second dish was Linguine with Crab – this used both white and brown crab meat and was a completely new but easy and super tasty way of cooking a crab and pasta dish.

    Serves 2
    1 tin White crab meat
    80g Brown crab meat
    200g Linguine
    1/2 Red Chilli – diced
    20g Butter
    Olive Oil
    Lemon Juice
    Salt & Pepper
    1tbsp Parsley – chopped

    Cook the linguine in boiling water for 10 minutes – again this is roughly how long the crab takes to prepare.
    In a bowl, mix together the brown and white crab, chilli, parsley, lemon juice, salt and pepper and leave to one side.
    In a large shallow frying pan, gently fry the butter and add the crab mixture – mix well, adding a splash of pasta water to seperate if needed. Once the pasta is cooked and drained – add this to the crab and mix thoroughly – adding more pasta water if needed. The sauce will emulsify as it coats the linguine.
    Serve with a little extra black pepper to taste.

    Roasted Aubergine and Tomato Spaghetti

    My mum recommended this recipe to me – it’s a Jamie Oliver one from The Sunday Times this week. After a big workout yesterday  aswell as a training session this morning, last night seemed as good a time than ever for some carb loading. This pasta dish is fresh and light and contains 3 of your 5-a-day.

    Aubergines are packed with antioxidents and are good to balance blood sugar levels which, through slowing the release of glucose into the blood stream keep you feeling fuller for longer. Tomatoes contain plentiful amounts of vitamin c and e which are good for heart health and potassium which reduces water retention.
    I used wholewheat spaghetti as its a better carbohydrate and more wholesome source of protein but normal pasta or courgetti would be perfect here too.

    Onto the recipe then!

    Serves 3
    2 aubergines – chopped into 5cm chunks
    400g cherry tomatoes – halved
    2 red onions – sliced
    4 Cloves Garlic – sliced
    2 tbsp capers
    3 servings wholewheat spaghetti pasta
    150g rocket
    Handful basil
    Juice one lemon
    Olive Oil
    1 Handful Asparagus – sliced in half
    Grated parmesan for serving

    Pre-heat the oven to 180 degs and pop the aubergine, onion, basil stalks, garlic, tomatoes with 1 tbsp olive oil into a roasting tray. Roast in the oven for an hour covered with foil for the first 30 minutes. Cook the pasta until al dente, sieve and keep the water.
    Meanwhile mix the rocket, asparagus, lemon juice and another drizzle of olive oil with some salt and pepper and leave to one side.
    Once the veggies have cooked through, place the roasting tray on the hob on a low heat and mix the spaghetti in. Add some of the pasta water if necessary to create some sauce.
    To serve, remove from the heat and add the rocket and asparagus and mix together. Finally, scatter with parmesan if you wish and devour!

    Quick and Very Easy Prawn Pasta

    Elix and I just couldn’t decide what to have for dinner tonight and were deliberating over Baked Eggs, Cheese, Tomato and Pesto Tart and Spicy Tomato pasta…..in the end I chose something different to what we usually have an opted to make Prawn, Lemon and Pea Spaghetti. We usually have prawn pasta with a tomato based sauce but shellfish and both lemon and peas are excellent flavour combinations as the lemon compliments the sweetness of the prawn and peas. Adding sour cream in further enhances this and adds a creaminess to the dish.

    Its low fat, light, very quick and easy and tastes delicious!

    Cook the pasta to instructions.

    Delicately heat prawns, peas, zest and juice of half a lemon until warm and cooked through. 

    Add in the cooked spaghetti and whilst the pan is still on the heat, stir in one egg yolk, a handful of parmesan and a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream. Season with plenty of black pepper and salt to taste.

    Serve and enjoy!

    *see how quick and easy that was!