With Marcella #2 (of 466)

Last night, as I was drifting off to sleep, I had a moment of mild panic – mainly about starting this project and then also publicising that I had started this project. But then I had a quick flick through Marcella’s book, chose a recipe for lunch the next day and also reminded myself that, as yet, I have a mere two followers of this blog. So any shame that may come from giving up after three recipes will not be a shame that is suffered for very long.

Today I cooked Marcella’s ‘Cauliflower Sauce with Garlic, Olive Oil and Chilli Pepper’. The reason I chose this for my second attempt was, quite simply, to use up the half a cauliflower that was in my fridge.

I don’t like Cauliflower very much. I can’t even remember why I bought it in the first place? But it needed using. To use up the half a cauliflower, I needed to stop on the way home from church to purchase a bottle of olive oil as I had run out of said ingredient. (This was not as bad as the time I felt compelled to purchase ground almonds, fresh raspberries and raspberry jam in order to cook a recipe that would use up the half a packet of flaked almonds in my pantry). The olive oil was a more sensible purchase.

Marcella recommends combining this sauce with penne pasta. I had none, so went with a mixture of a half packet of farfalle and some mini pasta shells leftover from one of Nigella’s creations. I had a moment where I wondered if I was breaking the rules to use a pasta other than her recommendation – but then realised that it was, indeed, just a recommendation – and felt free to continue with this minor adjustment.

The resulting dish was quick to make and lovely to eat – mixed pasta, cauliflower and all.

Today: #2 ‘Cauliflower Sauce with Garlic, Olive Oil and Chilli Pepper’ with Helen (still visiting) at my table.

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