Sunday, 10 August 2008

Roasted Genius

This recipe is genius not just because its the most exciting discovery since gravity, but also because onions apparently make you clever and this contains onions as well as onion squash (okay, its not really an onion but we can pretend!)

These roasted vegetables go great with meat or fish, or you can just enjoy eating it on its own.

1 1kg organic onion squash
1 large onion
6 cloves of garlic
6 boiled new potatoes
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
15 tablespoons olive oil

1. Preheat the oven to 180degC.
2. Peel the boiled potatoes, onions, and onion squash.
3. Chop squash and onion in two inch pieces and chop the potatoes in half.
4. Crush the garlic inside the skin.
5. Add all of the ingredients to the large baking tray and mix them so that they all are covered in oil.
6. Put the baking tray in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes.
Keep an eye on the squash, the squash shouldn't go brown, it should be golden.
7. Now get a fork and taste it.
Genius isn't it?!?

Courgettes pasta

This is a really tasty and simple pasta dish that makes a nice change from tomato sauce.
It takes about half an hour to make it, and makes everybody happy.

Serves 3

For cooking:
5 medium sized courgettes
6 cloves of garlic
2 table spoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tea spoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Olive oil - 6 tablespoons
250gm pasta (penne)
3 table spoons water

For topping:
Extra virgin olive oil - 6 table spoons
3 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese

1. Heat a large pan on medium heat and add the olive oil.
2. Grate the garlic into the pan.
3. Chop all courgettes into thin strips and add to the pan.
4.Meanwhile, start boiling water for the pasta in the kettle and cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.
5. Add the salt and pepper to the pan.
6. Keep the lid on the pan and stir the mixture every few minutes so that it doesn't stick to the bottom. Add water to the pan if the mixture starts to dry out.
7. The courgettes will start to soften and mix with the garlic and start looking like a paste.
8. Add the parmesan and stir it well.

Once pasta is cooked, drain it and add the pasta to the mixture, stir well.

Serve it on three plates, drizzle the 2 table spoons of olive oil and one tea spoon of parmesan on each plate.