Saturday, 14 April 2018

Where Would We Be Without The Italians?

Even Finding Love Hearts In The Kitchen
 I seriously love anything Italian, or at least my own romantic notion of Italian. I love it even more when the Italian thing in question, is food, especially free food.

Behold, Daniel's breakfast below. The bread was half price. The tomatoes free, the eggs swapped for chicken scraps and the butter, home brand. He was pretty happy with that feast.

Ok, It's Not Italian as Such, But They Do Have tomatoes In Italy!
And then, a quick bolognese sauce was put together. We had no tinned tomatoes, so I chopped up some more free tomatoes, plus some found/ignored carrots for extra veggie scrumptiouness, onions, beef stock, salt, pepper, tomato paste, garlic paste and some basil from the garden when plating up. We'll forgo the pasta and have jacket potatoes instead, maybe even leave out the cheese and put a dollop of Greek yogurt on top.

 And now, more of the green tomato recipes. I had lots of good ideas given to me in the comments and have decided to try a green tomato pasta sauce. My measurements are approximate as I like surprises in the cooking area. So about 2.5 kilograms of green tomatoes, roughly cut up, red chilli flakes to taste, one large onion cut up, equivalent of about 3 cloves of garlic, or to taste, salt and pepper and about 1/4 cup of olive oil. I bunged it all into the slow cooker. When it's ready I will cook some pasta and pick some basil from the yard to top it off, maybe add a little grated cheese too.

As I write this I am also drinking a cup of plunger coffee, it also makes me feel cheaply decadent and a little Italian. OK, if I really wanted to be a little more authentic I would have it black, in a tiny cup...but I'm not quite there and my love of things Italian is really only my own special version of it.

But there you go. Plenty of good, mostly healthy food for the weekend, most of which came to us at little or no cost. This makes me super happy, I hope your weekend food rocks your life too!


  1. Those tomato dishes look so delicious. I'm so looking forward to picking my own in three months' time, there's nothing nicer. In fact, I am going to sow the seeds this weekend - Sungold and Gardener's Delight and I might see if I can get just one Italian plum variety at one of the garden centres as well.
    Basically simple food tastes the best, I think.
    J x

  2. I was wondering what to have for tea - Danny's breakfast has really tickled my fancy. Problem solved.

  3. Everything looks delicious, Franny. :)


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