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Another Theo dish

My partner decided that 2015 is going to be the year when he cooks for me at least once a week.

The first attempt was last night – not entirely done alone, but a tasty and great start – Chilli Crab with Parpadelle (although we had linguine)

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Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves finely sliced
  • 400g ripe plum tomatoes – peeled, de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, finely diced
  • 300g fresh pasta
  • 1 green chilli – de-seeded and finely chopped
  • 300g fresh crabmeat (this is A LOT of crabmeat – I used a 100g pot from Seafood and Eat It)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • A squeeze of lemon
  • Freshly ground pepper

Method

  1. Heat some oil in a frying pan, add half the garlic and cook until softened. Add tomatoes and cook on high heat for 5 -7 minutes until sauce has thickened. Take off heat and set aside.
  2. Add the fennel and pasta to a pot of boiling water and cook for 3-4 mins until pasta is al dente.
  3. Meanwhile heat the remaining oil in a frying pan and fry the garlic, chilli and crabmeat and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce and chopped parsley.
  4. Drain the pasta and fennel and add to tomato sauce. Cook for a further 2 minutes, then serve seasoned with a squeeze of lemon juice and a crack of black pepper.

 

Restaurants

Burger and Lobster

A restaurant that literally does what it says on the sign!

Not sure of its origins but they are popping up with more and more frequency (in London anyway) and have brought lobster to the masses – I’d never eaten lobster prior to my first visit (to the Soho branch) and now I count it amongst my favourite meals!

For those unfamiliar to B&L they have a simple menu, burger or lobster (with options for cooking) with chips and salad. From now on I’m going to ignore the burger, not sure if it’s any good but when would I choose a burger when I can have lobster?! Particularly when it costs the same!

So it’s a 1 1/2lb lobster that’s steamed or grilled or served in a toasted brioche roll with a Japanese mayonnaise, or if you’re feeling piggy (or with a group of friends) you can buy a larger lobster from the catch of the day…

This is last nights 6lb delight…

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I doubt it’ll be long before I’m back for more…

Recipes

New Years resolutions…

So in addition to the ‘go to gym more’ ‘eat more healthily’ ‘save more money’ resolutions that I seem to make every year, this year I am determined to achieve the ‘eat more healthily’ one so I’m adding ‘try a new recipe at least once a week’ to the list…

Not sure how successful I’ll be once the full steam of work starts again…

But at least in going to try – I’ll keep you posted!

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