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Sunday, 15 November 2009

Masterchef Live

Went yesterday and got blotto within the first half hour! There were loads of booze stalls all offering free samples. So, by the time I had got to the end of them I'd had 25 year old single malts, special vineyard wines, seasoned cognacs and the odd liqueur or two!
I sobered up sufficiently to purchase a
couple of really sharp paring and peeling knives to replace the two lousy ones I have had for the last three years. My old knives were Judge-Sabatier ones with rubberised handles. They felt nice, but the buggers would never sharpen, and a blunt knife is a dangerous one in my opinion. I used these two 'miracle knives' to make dinner when I got home and they have already proved themselves a lot better.
Didn't do anything fancy - because I didn't have a lot in. But anyone can do this for a lunch.

Pasta with Broccoli and a Cheesy Garlic Sauce (for 1)
Three handfuls of Pasta Bows
good few lumps of Brocolli
Tablespoon of butter
Tablespoon of plain flour
Half a pint of milk
Half an Onion
2 cloves of garlic
Handful of grated mature cheese.
Small amount of Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

Stick the pasta in a pan of boiling water with some oil and salt.
Melt the butter in a pan and while that is happening chop up the onions and the garlic.
Drop the onions in the butter and cook till soft.
ONce they are done, add in the garlic and cook for no more than a minute.
Chuck in the flour and stir it all up into a ball.
Now, chuck the milk in and as its boiling up, use a stick blender to blitz everything so its nice and smooth. Season as required with salt and pepper.
Now, just before the pasta is finally cooked, chuck the broccoli into the water.
once the sauce is boiled and thickened up a bit, lob in most of the cheese and again blitz with the blender.
Drain the pasta and broccoli and drop into a pasta bowl. pour over the sauce and then sprinkle the rest of the grated cheese on top. After that, grind a bit of pepper over the top.
Thats it really. It takes about 12 minutes to boil pasta, add in the time it takes to get the bits together and I would say you could do that for lunch in 15 minutes flat. It would take you longer than that to queue up at a sandwich bar!