saturday is cholesterol day in our house. we almost always have a fried breakfast and then home-made pizza for dinner. my body spends the rest of the week recovering. the kids were going out tonight (the twins went to a 16th birthday dress-up as the blues brothers) so we ditched the usual pizza for dinner.
yesterday i bought fresh sardines for the first time ever, so lunch was sardine bruschetta. fry some bread in olive oil and garlic, along with the sardines (tossed in flour) and some slices of tomato. put bread, tomato, fresh basil and blue cheese (king island) under the griller, then add the sardine and fresh chives on top. add cracked pepper. a hot saturday so I indulged in a cold boags st. george as well. bloody marvellous. i was going to take a photo but the memory stick had gone to the shops to be printed.
i also bought some prawns on sale yesterday, so dinner was prawn linguine in a creamy rose sauce with basil.
chop a small onion. boil with about 3/4 cup rose and 1.5 teaspoons of peppercorns.
taste the rose to see if its ok (from a glass, not the pan)
boil gently until it reduces by about half, then strain and keep the liquid.
meanwhile roast some capsicum under the grill (blacken it under the grill, put in a plastic bag to cool, then pull off the skin and slice)
add julienned zucchini (short), sliced mushrooms, roasted capsicum and a few chopped roma tomatoes to the liquid. also add a handful of choppd basil. then add about 1/3 cup of maggie beer's vino cotto - like a balsamic vinegar but sweeter. add another slurp of rose if it looks like it needs it. (the pan , not you. ok. you can too.)
simmer until the liquid reduces a little, then add the green prawns and continue to cook.
when prawns are nearly done (DON'T OVERCOOK THEM), reduce the heat. add 300ml cream and bring back to a simmer until its heated through.
toss in a big bowl with the cooked linguine/fettucini. top with parmesan, cracked black pepper and fresh chives.
eat with the rest of the rose.
i was going to take a photo, but it just looked like a big bowl of pasta.
very, very nice.