The idea of this blog is to share ideas for using hand-made pots to serve good food.

Eating with friends and family is one of life’s greatest pleasures. I hope to show how the warmth and character of hand made ceramics can really enhance the pleasure of cooking, serving and eating food.

This blog will include pots from other potters as well as my own and recipes for the food which I enjoy, hoping that you will like it too.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Penny's Calendar Recipe for February

Orecchiette and Broccoli Pasta

1 200g orecchiette
2 4 tbsp olive oil
3 6 anchovy fillets in oil, chopped (optional)
4 4 fat garlic cloves, thinly sliced
5 1 red chilli, thinly sliced
6 zest 1 lemon, plus juice ½
7 50g fresh breadcrumbs
8 200g purple sprouting broccoli

Cook the orecchiette following pack instructions. 
Meanwhile, heat 3 tbsp of the olive oil (and 1 tbsp of the oil from the anchovies if using )in a frying pan.
 Add the garlic and chilli, and sizzle for 3-4 mins until the garlic is just starting to turn golden.
I Add the anchovies and lemon juice, and cook for 1-2 mins more until the anchovies melt into the sauce. 
Put the remaining olive oil, breadcrumbs and lemon zest in another frying pan, stir together and cook until crisp.
When the pasta has 4-5 mins to go, add the broccoli to the pan.
When cooked, drain, reserving a cup of the pasta water, then add to the frying pan with the garlic and anchovies.

Stir and cook over a low heat for a further 2 mins, adding a splash of pasta water if it looks dry. Season, then serve in pasta bowls with the lemony crumbs sprinkled over.

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