I kicked off my cookbook with a yummy sweet recipe, so I decided to try savory this time. I like pasta, and I am very proud of my own (and incredibly simple) version of a carbonara. However, since I need to start trying new things I downloaded a Jamie Oliver app and found this recipe.
Ingredients: (serves 2)
– Salami, 30g
– Pecorino cheese, 25g
– Garlic cloves, 2
– Fresh rosemary, 2 sprigs
– Dried spaghetti, 200g
– Single cream, 100ml
– Fennel seeds, 1tsp
– Eggs, 2
– Lemon, 1
– Olive oil
– Sea salt
– Black pepper (freshly ground)
Fill and boil the kettle.
Fill a Medium pan with boiling salted water and place on a high heat.
Roll a few slices of salami at a time into a cigar shape and chop across into thin strips.
I kept them rolled up instead of unrolling them.
Lightly crush the fennel seeds in a pestle and mortar.
Wonder which one is the pestle and which one is the mortar.
Realize you forgot to buy any fennel seeds.
Swear and the ceiling.
Peel and finely slice the garlic, then strip the leaves off the rosemary sprigs.
I bought a spice packet of rosemary so I may have messed up this step.
Place a medium non-stick frying pan on a medium heat and add 1tbsp of olive oil.
Add the garlic, fennel (oops), rosemary and salami and fry for around 5 minutes, or until crisp and delicious, then use a slotted spoon to lift the crispy bits out of pan and onto kitchen paper to drain.
Jamie I am a student, I do not own slotted spoons or kitchen paper. Instead I used a small sieve over a mug to drain the bits.
Put the pan of flavored oil to one side for later. Add the spaghetti to the large pan, stir to separate, then cook according to packet instructions.
Beat the egg yolks in a mixing bowl with the cream, grate in half the pecorino and the lemon zest, season with salt and pepper, then mix and place to one side.
Once cooked drain the pasta in a colander, reserving a mug of cooking water, then return the pasta to the pan.
Tip in the flavored oil from the frying pan and the egg mix, then stir through the hot pasta until just cooked. Add a splash of cooking water to loosen if the pasta starts to stick together.
JAMIE OLIVER EAT YOUR HEART OUT!
The Taste Test: 6/10
Although full of flavor and yummyness I couldn’t finish it. I am not a big fan of lemon so it wasn’t surprising to me.
The salami however was incredibly delicious. Although I forgot about the fennel, the garlic olive oil and rosemary made the salami taste rich and all over amazing. I have also never cooked salami before and found the crispness enjoyable. I will defiantly use that part of the recipe again!