I started with this recipe from Rose Elliot’s ‘Pasta Pasta’, aiming to work out the proportions per person, allowing me to cook for one person or six. I am planning on trying a squeeze of lemon juice next time, or some pine nuts. Not sure.
INGREDIENTS per person:
- 100g farfalle pasta
- 50g grated carrot
- 50g chopped sundried tomatoes
- a sprig of thyme
- 50g grated hard goat’s cheese
- salt and pepper
- A drizzle of good olive oil
- Put on a pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Prepare the carrots, tomatoes and cheese while the water heats
- Boil the pasta for around 8 minutes. For the last minute of cooking, add the grated carrot. Stir and drain, and return to the pan
- Add the olive oil, thyme, grated cheese and sundried tomatoes, season and stir to mix.
This is a quick recipe involving some of the new peas and young herbs from the garden. It was quick and delicious. I had some spaghettini, which is like spaghetti but thinner and faster to cook, you could use spaghetti which is thicker, or capellini which is finer. I was cooking for myself only, so I scaled the recipe appropriately. You can scale it up as required.
- Around 75g mangetout
- around 75g pasta
- around 20g butter
- 4 tbsp chopped herbs, a mixture of parsley, basil and chives, or chive flowers
- 1 small clove of garlic, crushed
- salt and pepper
- parmesan to taste
- Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil.
- Meanwhile prepare the peas; remove any stringy bits and cut to your preferred size, and put into a steamer, ready to cook.
- Mix the crushed garlic, a grate of salt, butter and herbs together in a small warm bowl.
- Put the spaghettini in the sauce pan, put the peas over the top in the steamer, and cook until the spaghettini is just about cooked. Drain the pasta when it is ready, and return to the hot pan.
- Mix the butter and herbs into the pasta, then mix in the peas
- Serve with a dredging of grated parmesan and black pepper to taste.
I’m working my way through a large supply of cooking chorizo. For some reason, I bought in bulk a while back and now I am trying to find good recipes. Tonight, something quick, with the celery sticks in the bottom of the fridge, plus the spring onions, mange tout peas and parsley from the garden, and a handful of paella rice.
I took inspiration from Nigel Slater’s book, The Kitchen Diaries, but I had to work out the quantities myself.
- 120g chorizo, cut into 1cm chunks
- 6 spring onions, chopped
- 1 stick of celery, finely chopped
- Around 4 tbsp olive oil
- Around 150g paella rice
- 500ml vegetable or chicken stock
- around 50g chopped parsley
- 2 portions of mange tout peas
- Black pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a large pan, and fry the onion, celery and chorizo until the onion and celery is beginning to brown, and the oil is orange with the spices from the chorizo
- Add the paella rice, and stir and cook it into the fried mixture to pick up the flavours
- Add the stock, bring to a simmer, stir and cook until the rice is tender, around 15 minutes. Add the peas and parsley around three minutes before the end.
- Season with black pepper, and serve.
I came back and ate the leftovers. It was really tasty.