10 days without pasta! 10 days without an Italian meal!But there's a great food market just outside my brother's place and finally I gave in to the temptation. Can an Italian meal taste the same as it does in Italy when all the ingredients are bought and cooked in England?
Example No.1: Spaghetti allo Scoglio:
Ingredients for 2 people (bought fresh at the market):
2 smashed garlic cloves
extra virgin olive oil
200g cherry tomatos
300g clams and mussels
1 medium calamaro (squid)
a handful of chopped parsley
a splash of white wine
Chuck the squashed garlic in a big pan, add some olive oil (and a bit of salt and pepper too if you like) and put it on the hob.
When the garlic has a light suntan throw in the shellfish then the squid (cleaned and cut into rings}, the prawns, the parsley and everything else on the list..
Give it all a stir and watch as the shellfish start popping open. When they are all open the sauce is ready.
Do make sure you remember to boil a pan of salted water to cook the spaghetti in. When the pasta is cooked (al dente please, not limp and soggy) strain it and add to the sauce. Give it all a good stir over the hob so that it mixes well...
Stick it all on a couple of plates and eat..just make sure you have some nice crusty bread on hand to mop up the sauce afterwards. Buon appetito!
By the way, this tasted just right, just as it would do back in Italy!