Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Buns, pasta and randomness

The kids are sharing a room at the moment because of the painting and decorating. They are driving me round the bend. I've considered all manner of things to make them still but for the love of all that is holy, they just keep at it! They just can't stop chattering like monkeys, even with a two day ban on all electronic equipment. I've even gotten a bit of cheek; not usual in this house, I can tell ya! "I can't turn on the light for you mummy, it's electric!" with a smug grin.

I've had no choice but to pour a large glass of wine tonight what with the abuse and my sore bones....that was the yoga...my legs have seized into a permanent lotus position....I've had to crawl round the house on my ar$£, pulling myself from place to place with my upper limbs...just as well my arms are like tree trunks, what with all the vinyasas.....

I know it's a pretty crappy picture but I stole it, edited it and all in two minutes....I have wine waiting after all.

I made Nutella buns last night; they sure don't look pretty but they tasted divine. The kids bounded down the stairs, two at a time, the smell tantalising their taste buds. When I told them it was Nutella Buns, they practically fainted with happiness. I allowed them a scant half a bun each for supper but that there would be plenty, ready and waiting for breakfast. Probably the sugar rush to the head which made them so wired last night....oh dear, they had cheese and pickles tonight. It's going to be nightmares, isn't it? Sigh.

I used the schneken pastry recipe but instead of slathering over egg and milk mix with the cinnamon filling, I layered on a great big dod of Nutella instead and rolled the dough, swiss roll like and cut into slices. I let it rest for another 15-12 minutes then baked at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes. The smell alone is worth it. If you are selling your home, make these. You'd sell your home three times over and for twice the cost.

I made macaroni cheese for the kids and the spinach, feta, spicy tomato pasta for us. I've adapted this from a ricotta cheese recipe and the spinach didn't exactly enthrall me....it's the smell but this is a really tasty little number. Like the Nutella buns, it doesn't look like much but totally tastes better than it looks.

Spinach & Feta Pasta

1 garlic clove, finely chopped
A pinch of dried chillies
A tablespoon of olive oil
1 tin (400g approx.) of plum tomatoes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper
A good handful of fresh spinach leaves
Approx. 200g feta, cubed
A handful of pine nuts, dry toasted

Fry the garlic and chili over a medium heat in the olive oil until soft. Keep an eye on it, you don't want it to brown as it will go bitter. Add the tin of tomatoes. Do not stir yet. Leave the sauce to thicken and bubble then gently mash the tomatoes with a fork. Add the vinegar and salt and pepper and set aside.

Cook the linguine as per instructions. Steam the spinach for a few minutes above the pasta water. Drain the linguine and add to the tomato sauce, add the spinach and feta and mix. Place into serving bowl and sprinkle over pine nuts. Eat heartily.

And now for some randomness: Lucy wandered round taking odd photographs tonight so I thought I'd share them with you.

A photograph in a silver frame of my first graduation, in my early 20s.

A partial shot of my party invite, still to be distributed.

We were watching Friends.

Lucy's eyeball.


ItsKelly said...

Nutella is THE greatest invention of all time. Hope you enjoyed that glass of wine!!

Anonymous said...

Nutella buns and Pasta. Yummy!
You had me laughing with the, "permanent lotus position". Ouch! LOL!!

Great Pix Lucy!! :0)

"Salud" Amiga!(I'm having Vino also)

~Amor, Familia Y Cultura~

LenaLoo said...

Thanks for coming by my blog tonight :) I will be following you, I like your style and your beautiful accent that comes through in your writing (my husband was born in East Anglia and his father has the the most superb accent)

Momma G.Love said...

I am so glad I found your blog! I'm hooked!

...stopping by from SITS...

Steph @ Stick It in the Fridge


Amanda {My Life Badly Written} said...

I give my 4 year old nutella and banana sandwiches when I want to give him a treat! I love nutella mmmmmmmm

The Sideshow Scrapbook said...

Oooooh I love spinach and feta.....two of my favourite ingredients...I think I am going to make this pasta today :)....I use to live in Edinburgh for two years and then I lived on the west coast for 3 months (Malliag)....I miss Scotland...one of my fav places in the world :)

Laura from SITS