Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I Cooked, Therefore I Can

Ah, how nice it felt to cook again. Firstly, to shop for good ingredients (Reggiano, oysters), then to come home early from work and cook while listening to Bebel Gilberto. The occassion: dinner with recipes from The Silver Spoon for mum (who bought me the book) and Boris, who haven't been to my place in yonks. On the menu:

+ Hard-Boiled Eggs With Oysters (page 375)
+ Spaghetti With Broccoli (page 299) (I used taglioni)
+ Citron Tarts (bought from Bowen Island Bakery - who has time to do three courses after work?)

Everything was super delicious and easy to make. The pasta especially has been added to my everyday repertoire - the broccoli puree is divine. If anyone wants the recipes just let me know. Here is the recipe (serves 4):

500g broccoli (recipe calls for frozen. I used fresh)
1 small onion, chopped

4 Tablespoons double cream (I used cream)
Butter and olive oil
250g taglioni or spaghetti (the recipe calls for 500g spaghetti but this is way too much)
Fresh Parmigiano Reggiano, to serve

Cook the broccoli in salted water for 10 minutes (not longer, it'll fall apart and go mushy). Melt some butter and olive oil in a pan and cook the onion over low heat for around 5 minutes until soft (don't let it go brown). Drain the broccoli and add to the onion, stir, then add the cream. Continue to cook on low heat for another 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and buzz into a puree. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the pasta until al dente, then stir through the broccoli cream. Serve with Parmigiano Reggiano.

Tip: After cooking the broccoli, reserve the water and use it to cook the pasta in. If you use thin pasta like taglioni, it should only take around 5 minutes to cook, and in this time you can cook the broccoli with onion, so it saves a lot of time. Also reserve some of the cooking water after you drain the pasta and use a few Tablespoons to keep the pasta fresh and from sticking together.

Afterwards we watched the women's tennis while eating too many Lindt balls.

Hard-boiled eggs with oysters

Taglioni with broccoli

Next on the to-do list: improve food photography. To be on par with Delicious Days.


Blogger Jules said...

Yum! Sounds great. I'm interested in the pasta recipe - can you post it or email it to me? Thanks!

10:15 AM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

The food looks delicious! What a lovely evening you had. I'd like the recipe as well.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

Fantastic, I've updated the post to include the recipe. You'll love it!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Miss V said...

That pasta recipe sounds wonderful. I'm going to try it soon. Thanks for sharing.

I love having friends over for a simple dinner.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

And the wine was good too - love a Margaret River red.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

love brocolli pasta. Tip: next time throw some toasted pinenuts through it. Gorgeousis.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Was going to buttercup but wanted to stay authentic to the recipe for this first time. Next time, definitely.

2:52 PM  

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