The speedy supper goes Italian with a classic Pesto alla Trapanese…

Late last year I was fortunate enough to attend a cooking demonstration by the rather lovely chef & food writer Rachel Roddy at the brilliant Divertimenti Cooking School on Brompton Road in London.

Among several evocative dishes cooked by Rachel, all of which transported me to sunnier Italian climes, one stood out as being an arguably perfect plate of pasta. So delicious was it that it’s been recreated in my own Islington-rather-than-Italy kitchen with great success – I feel it’s ok to modestly give it that label since bowls were left empty at the end of dinner so no further evidence needed, si? Grazi. Read More

Avo-walnut-spinach pesto with wholewheat spaghetti…

I am not ashamed to say that I am addicted to avocados. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has ever worked with me, lived with me or eaten with me. They are so perfect with their creamy silky interior and their rich velvety smooth texture and they’re good for you! I mean, come on, if that’s not proof of a higher force having a bloody great day of creation, I don’t know what is.

Please. Just look at them. Even you avo haters of whom I am highly suspicious and some of whom reside within my closest circle of friends…you so know who you are.

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Anyway moment over. Point of the post? How to incorporate one of my desert island foods into yet another dinner with a little creativity from what’s in the cupboard and so I present avocado, walnut spinach pesto served with wholewheat spaghetti and parmesan…

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