June 01, 2012
the kitchen diaries
I just bought a copy of Nigel Slater's 'the kitchen diaries' and I love it!
I really like his cooking style because he seems to improvise depending on the ingredients he has to hand and generally works with seasonal ingredients, but also because he seems to have more of an emphasis on savoury than sweet. I have a million baking books, but I often get stuck on what to have for lunch or dinner. I'm vegetarian too, which narrows down the options somewhat.
This week I made the linguine above, it only took about 10 minutes and it was amazing. Savoury, sharp and fragrant - perfect!
Lemon and Basil Linguine (serves 2)
200g linguine (I used fettuccine as it is what I had to hand)
juice of a large lemon
75ml olive oil
75g parmesan, grated
large handful basil leaves
Put a large pan of water onto boil. When boiling, salt generously and add linguine. Cook for 8 minutes or to pack instruction. Put lemon juice, olive oil and parmesan into a large warm bowl (warm the bowl by putting under a hot tap and then dry it) and beat briefly until thick and grainy. Tear the basil and add to the bowl with a grinding of black pepper. Drain the pasta and toss in the lemon and parmesan 'sauce'.
I am already addicted to this book, marking recipes and becoming absorbed in his writing. Do you have any favourite cookery writers or recipes? If so, I'd love to hear about them. I'm always trying to find something new and inspiring to try out!