I love the stories behind a dish.Where did come from,why, who influenced it?
During my time while living abroad in London, I had to cook my own meals.This was the first time I had to cook for myself.Having had formal food training this was such a pleasure.My own kitchen, my own recipes and more importantly my way.
While in London ,I worked at an all Girls High School.It was here I made some very good friends who up till now we are still friends.Often we would stay late at work to mark or catch up on some activity.At this job I was teaching Food Technology which is a little like the old Home Economics but with a twist at designing meals or products for a purpose.
Once such evening we were all busy marking and realised that we were all hungry,a few days before payday and needed to eat.So I decided to rustle up something with what I could find in the fridge and cupboards in my kitchen.I felt like Old Mother Hubbard whose cupboards where bare
So what I found was the following :
1 pkt of spaghetti
1 tin of tuna
A Bulb of Garlic
330ml of Fresh cream
Pasta is one of those staple ingredients that is so versatile and cheap.Every good cook has a Pasta recipe thats their staple.Pasta is such a comfort food and goes with literally everything.Not forgetting several people can eat from just one packet.My gran always adds pasta to meat stews and makes a pasta chutney Indian style with spices.
So what did I make…..
1) I put water to boil in a big pot added salt and a little knob of butter.
2)Chopped up the onions and cut the 2 cloves of garlic in slivers.Then put my spaghetti to cook.
3)In a frying pan I melted a tablespoon butter and fryed off the onions ,added garlic later after 5 minutes before adding my tin of drained tuna.I drained my spaghetti leaving a little water in pot.
4)I let this cook for 5 minutes before seasoning with salt ,freshly ground black pepper and sprinkles of dried red chilli.
5)After seasoning I added the fresh cream ,mixed well turned off the heat added spaghetti mixed well before serving to my hungry friends.
This dish ended up such a winner.Everyone loved it and it became a dish often asked for.I added peppers into it and served it with homemade Garlic Bread and a toss salad for a complete and filling meal.I havent cooked this dish in ages as I am cutting out Carbs but its a great winter comfort dish.