Lunchtime Kick

The weather is still foul here; gusty winds and horizontal rain, just horrible. On the positive side however, it is always good to turn to some classic dishes for comfort, this morning I made one such classic to help warm the coggles at lunch time, Penne alla Arrabiata with chilli and fennel sausages.

Yet again, this was a very quick dish to put together, taking the time it took the water to boil and cook the pasta. We got some delicious italian style sausages from our local supermarket bursting with fennel and chilli, they are very very special. I started off by frying the sausages wit some olive oil before turning my attention to the sauce….

I very simply chopped some garlic and onion and added to some passata. I then added 1 tsp of sugar and a whole chilli with all the seeds. I do love chilli, especially when the wind and rain are battering the windows. I cooked the sauce together for around 7-8 minutes as the sausages fried and the pasta boiled.

Once the sausages were done, I cut them into nice chunks and added them to the sauce. A few minutes later and my pasta was nice and al dente. Needless to say I couldn’t stop thinking about my inch all day and it did not disappoint. The mixture of fennel, chilli and tomato together with the delicious al dente pene, it was very special. I just love pasta, and garlic, and chilli and tomato sauce, and fennel haha.

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As always, happy eating everyone! Remember that so long as you have food on your plate, you have solved all problems for the time being!


5 minute lunch

So I have put together a delicious dish that I have taken to work and I cannot wait for lunch time. This dish took me 5 minutes to notch up and it is a healthy, hearty and filling dish that will keep me sorted until dinner tonight. I made sweet and sour peppers with polenta. So says you don’t have time to make your own interesting lunch? Keep your small change in your pocket, stay clear f the canteen and the High Street and try this…

1. Put 1 tbsp of olive oil into a saucepan and whilst it heats up cut some peppers into sizeable chunks and half some cherry tomatoes.

2. Add to the pan immediately adding 3 tbsps of passata (sieved tomatoes) 1 tbsp of white wine vinegar and 1 1tsp of sugar. Leave to boil away whilst you prepare the polenta.

3. Heat a small saucepan whilst you boil the kettle and add the water as soon as its boiled, filling the pan abut half way. Add a pinch of salt and add a few handfuls of polenta.

4. Stir both your sauce and your polenta until the water has evaporated from the polenta. Take both off the heat.

5. Add a small knob of butter to your polenta and then serve.

There you have it, a lovely sweet and sour sauce with some lightly cooked peps, and some lovely rustic polenta to go with it. All of this in the time it takes you to make a sandwich!

Happy eating everyone