Miscellaneous greatness

I have no idea what the fuck to call this?

I basically had a few bits to use up in he fridge and sort of just winged it… no change there then.

It’s essentially a twist of meatballs with chicken meatballs instead with a twist on the el Classico.

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Just stay with me on this. I didn’t even take photos because I wasn’t expecting much till I tasted at the end and blew my own mind!

You will need:

  • Chicken meatballs/pre made were what we had but if you’re a culinary wizard then smash them out ya self!
  • Passata sauce
  • Worcester sauce (the tits in every meal)
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Spaglehettiiiii
  • Garlic

Soooo, we all know where this is going, although this time I didn’t even follow a recipe so the winging was real. (I also expected it to be beef meatballs when I got them out the freezer yesterday so this all came to me like a vision in white.)

Method:

  • In a large frying pan heat oil, finely chopped onion (to the point its pulverised if your other half had an aversion to it and used less than half of one), garlic and salt (if it’s not for the kiddies)
  • Finely chop 2 celery stalks and add
  • Finely chop mushrooms and do the same (I used 2 and again, pulverising was essential)
  • Add the chicken balls, we had a 12 pack and it made 3 big meals (once they were almost fully cooked I quartered them so they were less offensive)
  • Add enough passata to get them swimming, not drowning and add a cup of water
  • Add Worcester sauce, I’d add gallons if I could but you do you
  • Get the spaghetti on
  • Let it simmer and add some pasta if it looks a bit dense. (I let it simmer for about half an hour- 45 mins to get even more flavour)
  • In the last 5 mins add spinach
  • Serve with lashings of cheese if you fancy. Of course you fancy! (Some mozzarella would have gone down an absolute treeeat!)

Beaux loved helping again chopping the mushrooms, breaking up the celery and sprinkling the spinach (could have used basil) we went on a massive walk and got an onion on the way so coming in from the chilly afternoon this was very warmly welcomed! (I did have to go over all the chopping to get it really fine but it was great to get her involved!)

I mean, I’m not sure how much Play Doh she ate with it, but it was a hit! I thought about adding a red pepper we needed to use up but I didn’t think the flavours would gel. Again you could mix up the meat/veg or even pasta type, essentially making it a completely different fucking meal 🤣

Enjoy!

Hx

A little silky number

Chicken in spicey tomato & mascarpone sauce.

So in our house pasta is gold. Its Dan’s ‘one-meal-for-the-rest-of-your-life’. It’s really versatile for us and B and its something we lean towards on the regs. – mostly for ease as well as knowing everyone will be happy and full. – hence our ever growing waistlines.

Rather than spending a small fortune on the tiny pots of sauce, I’ve decided to start making them from scratch. – So here’s one I made earlier. *Gets out Blue Peter badge*

After watching the saucestress that is Nigella, I made a take on one of her little blinders, although I think this was slightly less sexy. I also don’t do well with portion control and as you’ve probably guessed by this point, like most things, I wing it.

Ingredients

  • Spaghetti (I’m hoping you know portion control with this one unlike some people in our household) – can be any type of pasta, this was all we had.
  • 2 Chicken breasts (or not) (or if you’re vegan and you’ve told everyone you’re vegan because you’re vegan if we didn’t know. In that case you’ll probably want to fuck off the cheese too.)
  • Salt – chill out on this if it’s for the little humans
  • Half a tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Anchovies
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • Chilli flakes/puree – I used both because 🔥 but also chill on this if it’s for smalls.
  • Fresh basil – managed to keep this bad boy plant alive for longer than a week so using it in everything from breakfast to supper. (homemade pesto is next on the agenda)
  • 3 Tablespoons of mascarpone (ish)
  • A good grating of parmesan
  • Grated cheddar to add after if you’re a fellow cheese fiend.

MethodPut spaghetti in salted boiling water

  • Dice up chicken breasts and add to oil in a pan
  • Add garlic (and onion if your partner doesn’t hate them), chilli, anchovies (and don’t tell partner if they’re ‘fish are friends, not food – soz DB), salt, basil and cook till chicken is browned
  • Add chopped tomatoes, let simmer for a few minutes till chicken is cooked through
  • Add mascarpone and parmesan and stir through
  • Turn down heat till spaghetti is ready, lightly drain and transfer to pan.
  • Stir thoroughly, add more tomato/mascarpone depending on preference of flavour/consistency
  • Serve / sprinkle cheese if desired.

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Might actually start taking notice of what the hell goes into our meals with some relative accuracy now. And then proceed to take obnoxious fancy photos.

Disclaimer – Most of my presentation is dog shite. But what they lack in aesthetics they make up for in flavour – or so Dan tells me in a bid to make me keep trying…

No one likes a quitter!

Hx