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Archive for the ‘Pasta’ Category

July 19th, 2011 by Clarabella

Spaghetti & Meatballs

 

Sometimes I eat too much sugar. I know this. I know its not healthy. I can’t help it. I love baking.

When I have had an especially sugary day or two, I start craving salt and savoury, big time. And not just anything, something substantial, home cooked and flavourful. I had this particular craving the other day and after seeing the Barefoot Contessa’s spaghetti and meatballs, and remembering how absolutely phenomenal my friend Sandra’s spaghetti and meatballs were the last time she made them for me, I decided it was time. I had not made spaghetti and meatballs for like, a year? More? I can’t even remember. I have made bolognaise and lasagne which I guess are in a similar vein, but don’t have the mega meaty punch of the meatball.

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March 20th, 2011 by Clarabella

Vodka Cream Pasta and Botched Biscotti

So the other night, after a hectic day, I wanted pasta. Pasta is the food I turn to when I want flavour, and comfort and ease. And I was in the mood for all three. But I wanted something a little different. Something with a twist. And thats when I remembered Vodka Cream Pasta that I had made once before. I found it on Smitten Kitchen and, like everything else on that gorgeous blog, it is sublime. And I have a big bottle of Smirnoff that is just the thing. Now I know some people may say that using fancy Smirnoff in cooking may be some kind of crime, but I think of it like wine. If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it.

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March 11th, 2011 by Clarabella

Spaghetti with Prawns (and other good stuff)

I ache. All over. Even in my running muscles which I thought were strong. Even in muscles I didn’t know were there. Especially in mu left hamstring and right quad (in case you hadn’t noticed, I’m feeling sorry for myself – currently self medicating with red wine). I am not built for laying flooring. But I do truly believe that manual labour is good for the soul, so the work itself I don’t mind. Its the aftermath that I mind. I am in training, that hurts enough. This is too much. Ouch. But… it looks lovely. A transformation. Now I just need to clean up all the dust and confusion.

When one spends one’s day laying flooring/painting/other manual labour, one does not have much strength or time to cook. So one makes something that will replenish the weary worker’s energy stores, and that is quick and easy but does not compromise on deliciousness. And this prawn pasta is one such dish.

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