Cullen Skink, in case you wonder, is a thick soup of smoked haddock, potatoes , onions and cream. Richard makes a mean soup, better than my own versions and it was really delicious (but not very popular with the offspring).
Courgetti spaghetti is one of my favourite vegetarian dishes. It is a versatile dish and tastes different every time. The recipe is based on courgettes, onions and a little garlic. This is the only constant, the rest depends on the fridge contents, the cook and his/her mood. This week, I chopped three largish courgettes and a bunch of salad onions.
I gently cooked these in a large frying pan with a good dash of olive oil. Courgettes contain a lot of water and as they soften, the water evaporates. This provides enough liquid to stop the courgettes from sticking. I cook the courgettes on low heat.
After 10 minutes, I added half of a small jar of original basil pesto to the courgettes.
Sometimes I cook the courgettes until they are mush, but last week, I wanted some bite. It took about 20 minutes to get to the desired softness. I had some cream cheese that nobody really likes to eat and added some of this to the courgettes.
Pesto has quite a strong flavour and little seasoning is needed. I only added plenty of pepper to the sauce. At the same time I cooked a pot of spaghetti. Personally, I would probably choose a different type of pasta, maybe thick noodles, but spaghetti is the family favourite.
We always have parmesan in the fridge and everybody likes to add a generous amount to their portion. Here is mine:
All in all a quick and satisfying meal. Poor old Sam, he just has plain leftover pesto, or no sauce at all. He just doesn't realise that he misses out!
Variations on a theme (always based on courgette, onion and garlic)
- mint and lemon juice, nothing creamy
- thyme and lemon juice, nothing creamy
- pesto but no cream cheese (or cream)
- pine nuts, chilli flakes and thyme
- extra onion (not quite half of the courgettes)
- basil and lemon
I am looking forward to the roast chicken tomorrow, and a chicken noodle soup of sorts next week, made from scrapings of meat and the stock cooked with the carcass. All this food pictures make me hungry, I wonder what there is to nibble in the kitchen... Have a lovely weekend!
I was really overwhelmed by all the kind comments on my "about me" post. My self confidence was boosted and I am a happy bunny. Cx