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Spaghetti Bolognese


I was fortunate enough to travel to Australia and China last week for a family wedding - hence the lack of updates. Unfortunately, I do not have much vacation available at work, so in total I was in Oz for 6 nights!

Being very jet lagged last night, all I craved for was a hearty and comforting meal. Spaghetti Bolognese hit the spot!

I am one of those people who never knows what they wish to eat, regardless of jet lag, until that evening! It drives my wife crazy!!!

A quick zombie style trip to the butchers and deli to restock the fridge and I was set to go.

I unfortunately had run out of tomato puree, so substituted with ketchup at the end of the cooking. It worked well, intensifying flavour, but my preference would always be with the concentrate.

I have become extremely fond of
Faella pasta - it has a much better flavour than the supermarket equivalent. Most certainly worth the extra 50 pence.

Everybody has their own version and preferences for there Bolognese. My preference would be without mushrooms, but I must go with the mood of the house! I find the sauté vegetables add flavour and the Pancetta adds a cheeky saltiness.

Bolognese always tastes better the next day, so in order to try to get that depth of flavour, I simmer on a very low heat for a much longer period of time.

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Braised Rabbit Legs with Puy Lentils


A hearty, seasonal and cheap Sunday dinner.

Braised Rabbit Legs with Put Lentils


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Grilled Mackerel, Pancetta Salad with a Fiery Horseradish Dressing


It is warm and sunny outside. So definitely time for a salad. You cannot beat these flavours - one of my favourite dishes to eat.

warm mackerel salad with poached egg and horseradish dressing


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Creamy Penne Pasta with Pancetta and Romaine Lettuce Salad


When I popped into
Wyndham House Butchers last week, Rod gave me a packet of Faella Penne Pasta. I have to say the pasta is extremely good - it went down extremely well with last night’s unexpected guests. I will definitely be picking up another packet in the near future.

I asked the butcher for the end piece of Pancetta - it was excellent. Great flavour, lots of meat and crisped up extremely well. Each lardon was like an explosion of salty goodness in your mouth!

This dish is ridiculously easy to make, from start to finish it can be made it 20-25 minutes.

The combination of cream, garlic, herbs and Parmesan always pack a punch in the flavour department. A classic and super tasty Italian meal ideal for a midweek dinner.

Penne Pasta : Creamy Paste Penne


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Pizza Pasta Bake


Sometimes you just want to eat simple comfort food.

It was a Tuesday evening, and I had come in from the gym, and wanted something quick, wholesome and tasty.

The great thing about this dish is that you can cook the pasta, pancetta and tomato sauce all at the same time - meaning that preparation time is vastly reduced. Once it is in the oven you can crack on with your evening.

I based the pasta bake on pizza flavours. So I added mozzarella, smoky pancetta and oregano as my base flavours. The sour bread crumbs on top give a great crunch and textural difference. The mozzarella in the middle remains melted and gooey, whilst that on top goes golden and crispy.
(I was wanting to top this with strips of anchovy - but was told this was a step too far - I might try it one day smiley_wink)

I served this with a simple fresh salad and a quick mustard dressing.

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Pancetta Red Onion Frittata


I was coming home quite late, and needed to come up with a quick and wholesome meal for the household.

A quick trip to the local convenience supermarket, I grabbed some eggs and a packet of Pancetta, and headed home to crack on.

Frittata is an omelette by any other name. I was in a rush, so I cooked the Pancetta, red onion and par boiled potatoes all in one go. I am sure you could get even better effects by cooking the individual ingredients. However, my hash mix tasted delicious nonetheless. I opted to use a separate frying pan to cook the frittata as I did not have faith that it would come out in one go otherwise.

The meal was delicious, chunks of salty pancetta mixed with golden potato chunks and cheese.

I added the salad on top so that everything could be served together. Visually I think it makes the dish look a lot more appetising.

An extremely cheap, tasty and healthy mid week meal, that take minutes to make.

The leftovers were used for packed lunch the next day, and by all accounts was equally good cold.

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