Crayfish salad

………..with home made Marie Rose sauce, a.k.a No Cooking Required. It is retro food at its best. Continue reading


Tagliatelle with courgettes, tomatoes and basil

Another quick, easy and summery dish.

All you need is some pasta, fresh tagliatelle was what I used, one large thinly-sliced courgette per person, some halved cherry tomatoes, chopped parsley and basil, finely-chopped or grated garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper and some cheese for grating (I used Provolone, but Parmesan is fine). Continue reading

Potato gnocchi with tomatoes and broccoli

I’ve always used bought gnocchi before, basically because I am lazy, but they aren’t really that hard to make.

I had some leftover mashed potato and I added in plain flour until I got a firm texture and rolled it out into long sausage shapes. These were cut into sections, ridged with a fork and set aside.

I made a sauce with some chilli, garlic and anchovies softened in olive oil, to which i added a tin of cherry tomatoes and their juice, black pepper and some steamed purple sprouting broccoli.

I cooked the gnocchi in boiling salted water, they are done when they rise to the top of the water, and added them to the pan with the sauce.

To serve, I grated over some Parmesan cheese and more fresh black pepper.