Lasagne recipes are like admitting you're Spartacus. "I'm the definitive lasagne recipe!" "I'm the definitive lasagne recipe!" To that end, I'm not even sure I've cooked it exactly the same way twice. It's one of those things I've been cooking forever and therefore patch the method from time to time. Today was no different.
I went bechamel rather than cheese sauce, and used beef stock over a stock cube (a standard step-skipper in my mince recipes). I also tried to overcome my carnivorous lust of piling everything … Continue Reading ››
Pleased as punch note: this recipe has been given the Jamie Oliver seal of approval
A lightning fast pasta dinner. All those wonderful tasty ingredients coming together in a dish that allows you to taste each element yet come together as a varied and interesting whole. Fresh peas, salty prosciutto, meaty artichoke... lovely.
Spaghetti with prosciutto and artichoke:
5 slices of prosciutto, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
250ml white wine
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I happened on these totally by accident. The ever-readable Jo of Jo's Kitchen
put out a plaintive Twitter plea for a quick post-work cookie recipe. I was sure Nigella would have the answer, and sure enough, she did
. I suggested them, alas peanut butter is not her thing. Bloody is mine though, Reese's Pieces and Peanut Butter Cups send me giddy with delight - it's the clash of salt and sweet that makes it.
It's riotously simple - peanut … Continue Reading ››
Why do porcini mushrooms stink so bad while they are marinating in hot water? It's like cat food!
That said, many dishes would be all the poorer without their meaty, chewy flavour. I've combined them here with chestnut mushrooms, chicken breast pieces, and surrounded it all with rich, sweet marsala-infused chicken stock and just a touch of cream. It was very tasty, but a little thin. If I did it again (and I will) I'd add a touch of … Continue Reading ››
An open confession: I arrived home to this hearty treat as a dish prepared by Mrs Roast Potato and eldest New Potato (is that metaphor too tortured?). Regardless, I present it here on their behalf. A real punchy mediterranean pasta blowout.
Roasted squash rigatoni:
1 butternut squash, skinned and diced
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
Handful of mixed olives
Handful of basil leaves
- Preheat the oven to 200C.
- Pop the squash, tomatoes and garlic in a baking … Continue Reading ››