Fabulous Mates and Delicious Eats

I previously mentioned that we have had a new arrival on the scene.

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A legitimately British born baby!  While she kept us up all hours in those first few weeks we were lucky to be kept well fed by several good friends. On a daily basis delicious, homemade meals would appear at our door, often with a quick hug and a cuddle (baby cuddles, not expat cuddles).  It was so appreciated by both mr416expat and myself.  Several of my friends have shared their delicious recipes with me, and in order to avoid losing track of their tasty dishes, I’m going to blog about them here.

My fabulous friend Keren, who also recently became a mum (Thank you for paving the way Keren!!), brought us a wonderful Jamie Oliver Sausage Pasta recipe.  While Jamie makes this recipe a 30 minute recipe by using kitchen items such as the food processor to chop vegetables, I’ve gone the slow and steady route, chopping vegetables by hand.  Adapted from Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals this pasta sauce is flavourful and spicy.  Thank you Keren!Image

Spicy Sausage Pasta – Adapted from Jool’s Pregnant Pasta, Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 spring onions
1 carrot
1 stick of celery
1 or 2 fresh red chillies
6 sausages
1 heaped teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 500g pkg dried penne
4 cloves of garlic
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
a few sprigs of Greek basil, or regular basil

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.  Dice the green onions, carrot, celery, and chillies.  Add to the frying pan.  Remove the sausage meat from the casing and add the meat to the frying pan.  Discard the casings.  Add the fennel and oregano to the frying pan.  Break up the sausage and mix in the vegetables and spices with a wooden spoon.  Prepare the penne.  Crush the garlic cloves into the pasta sauce.  Continue to stir and break up the sausage as it cooks.  Stir in the balsamic vinegar and chopped tomatoes.  Should the sauce become too thick, add some of the cooking water from the pasta.  Combine the sauce and cooked pasta, garnishing with basil (or in my case, parmesan cheese)

And with that, the British Baby (or BB) has woken up and I’m gone 🙂

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