Hello & welcome to my Blog.
I came up with the idea of this blog as I had been writing a cookery book for my Children after my eldest Son Simon left home and would ring me for all his favourite recipes. I thought that this way it would be easier to update & where ever they were they could cook their favourite recipes. This blog is that index card box of scribbled recipes, torn out recipes from magazines, lost somewhere in the house, all brought neatly together in one place.
What I didn't expect was the thousands of people that have looked at it since its creation, from all over the World, I have even created a Facebook fanpage so that I can chat to fellow foodies who have enjoyed the blog!
I really hope you enjoy the recipes, please feel free to post comments or recipes and I just want you to know that all recipes have been cooked time & time again by myself and all photographs, where possible, have been taken by me of the food that I have cooked.
I apologise in advance for any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, I bake better than I write.
Monday, 7 January 2013
Even with Rosie acting as sous chef and the pans heated, kettle on, it took far longer than 15 minutes, but the recipes are yummy, full of flavour and use only the best ingredients.
One huge plus has been, that before Christmas, our trusty food processor died, much loved, much used and much missed, we hadn't got round to replacing it, but anyone that knows Jamie's recipes, knows, that you always require a trusty food processor, so let me please introduce you to the new member of the Gelsomina kitchen family....
Hubby and I have wanted one for such a long time, but thought it silly to buy one when our old food processor did the job just as well, and as anyone who owns one knows, they are a thing of beauty but they are not cheap. My old food processor had served me for over 10 years, but I absolutely love the new shiny beast that sits on the side in my kitchen and I hope we have many happy years together.
Anyway, back to the recipe, everyone knows that 90% of the time, we eat Italian food in our house, always on the hunt for new recipes, this crab bolognese appealed no end. Luca, Hubby & I all love crab and it didn't disappoint. The only downside, the lingering smell of fish in my kitchen!
So here's to many happy years of food processing with my beautiful new machine and I hope you enjoy this gorgeous recipe.
1/2 to 1 fresh red chilli
2 spring onions
2 cloves of garlic
1 heaped teaspoon fennel seeds
2 anchovy fillets
1/2 a bunch of fresh basil
2 bulbs of fennel
320g dried spaghetti
300g crabmeat (brown & white)
Halve the chill, carrot and trim the spring onions and put them into the food processor with the peeled garlic, fennel seeds, anchovies and basil stalks. Chop of and add the top stalky part of the fennel, reserving the bulbs (and any leafy tops), then blitz everything until finely chopped. The Magimix made very quick and easy work of this, Hubby was very excited! Tip into a casserole pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, stirring often. Meanwhile cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling salted water, according to the packet instructions.
Finely grate the lemon zest over the veg. Add the brown crab meat, a splash of white wine and the passata, then stir, cover and leave to simmer.
When your spaghetti has finished cooking, roughly chop the top leafy part of the basil and sprinkle most of it into the sauce with the white crabmeat, then squeeze in the juice of the zested lemon. Loosen the sauce with a little of the starchy cooking water from the spaghetti, then drain the spaghetti into a large serving bowl. Spoon the sauce on top and serve right away, scattered with the reserved basil leaves, mixing at the table, Jamie likes a little theatre at the table! Finish with a drizzle of olive oil. Serve straight away.
Serve with focaccia http://dianastaveley.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/paul-hollywoods-focaccia.html and a crunchy fennel salad http://dianastaveley.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/crunchy-fennel-salad.html .