Take One Bag of Flour

19 Jun

I don’t know who discovered that by grinding grains, flour could be produced. And whoever then went on to figure out that by adding simple ingredients like water and air, you could end up with a delicious loaf of sourdough bread. As for pasta, whoever had that great idea of adding an egg and a pinch of salt to make a beautiful silky dough….well, I raise my glass of wine to them.

Not really much of a recipe today, more an acknowledgement that good food doesn’t need to be complicated or sophisticated. Ingredients, as long as they are fresh and good can produce the most incredible tasting meals with just a little effort and time invested. Oh yes, and love. Good food needs to be made with love.

Pasta with Tomato and anchovy sauce (4)

Lunch the other day was a homage to simple ingredients. Home made pappardelle (thick pasta as opposed to thin as the pasta cutting attachment on my machine has died, so I had to cut by hand) served with a (home grown vegetables) tomato and vegetable sauce with anchovies. Home made bread, dipped in our own olive oil and a glass of not home made wine. I’ll leave that to the experts!

Slow Cooked Vegetable Sauce with Anchovies (serves 2-4)

  • 3 cloves of crushed garlic
  • Half a courgette (zucchini) coarsely grated
  • One carrot peeled and coarsely grated
  • One stick of celery, finely chopped
  • Half a red pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of tomato purée
  • 1 cup (or can) or chopped tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Seasoning
  • Herbs (I used basil)
  • A small glass of red wine
  • About 4-6 fillets of salted anchovies

Hand Cut Pasta

Start by slowly braising the garlic, courgette, celery, carrot and pepper (but don’t brown them) until they start to soften. Add the tomatoes, the purée, the wine and the herbs and bring to a gentle simmer. Season lightly and cook slowly for about an hour (or longer). If the sauce becomes too thick, add a splash of water. When nearly ready, remove the herbs if you have kept them whole and stir in the anchovies (leave these out if you want a vegetarian dish). Check for seasoning (you probably won’t need more salt) and serve.

Pasta with Tomato and anchovy sauce (3)

Home Made Pasta

I use (per person as a main course) 100g strong plain flour, 1 egg, a tiny splash of olive oil and a tiny pinch of salt. Mix together by hand or in a machine and knead for a few minutes until the dough becomes soft and silky. Leave to rest for 30 minutes. Check out Chgo John’s excellent recipe for more tips and help.


51 Responses to “Take One Bag of Flour”

  1. thecompletecookbook June 19, 2013 at 11:05 #

    Good food definitely doesn’t need to be complicated or sophisticated and your pasta and sauce is pure love.
    🙂 Mandy xo

    • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 11:51 #

      Ah, thanks Mandy! Love does make the world go round (at least, I think it does)!

  2. Tandy June 19, 2013 at 11:48 #

    I never use oil in my pasta but I think I am going to give it a try 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 11:50 #

      Just a tiny, tiny splash – makes it so beautifully silky! Mind you, my mum doesn’t use oil 😉

  3. gardenfreshtomatoes June 19, 2013 at 12:26 #

    Summer on a plate, Tanya! Can’t wait til we have more than just Salad Fixin’s in the garden!

  4. Food,Photography & France June 19, 2013 at 12:47 #

    That’s a fabulous sounding vegetable sauce which is definitely to be done. Full of admiration for all the home made stuff. Very nice picture of the dish of pasta.

    • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 13:00 #

      Ooh thanks Roger – I love deep flavoured sauces like this, I think the anchovies really make a difference to the flavour at the end.

  5. ChgoJohn June 19, 2013 at 13:31 #

    This is my kind of meal! (Big surprise.) Once my tomatoes start ripening, I’ll have a variation of this dish at least once a week. I’ve always added the anchovies at the start of the cooking process but I like your idea of adding them much later. Like you, I add just a touch of oil and a pinch of salt to my pasta dough. Like your Mum, my Mom never did. 🙂
    Thanks, Tanya, for mentioning our pasta dough recipe.

    • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 20:23 #

      How funny that we both dared to meddle with the family recipe! Oh us youngsters (!) and our new fangled ways of doing things 😉 I often make sauce when I melt the anchovies at the start, nut this way gives you more of an anchovy “kick” which I like!

  6. Rachel June 19, 2013 at 15:47 #

    Lovely! I often wonder about “firsts” – that first lobster, or that first coconut… happy there were such brave (or just hungry) folks. Mmmmm love this and your photos!

    • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 20:21 #

      So true – so many things that are strange to look at but wonderful to eat!

  7. cecilia June 19, 2013 at 15:53 #

    Oh your own olive oil as well! GREEN with envy.. simple is the best! lovely post,c

    • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 20:21 #

      Yes, we’re very lucky…it is rather gorgeous and dipping home made bread in it is getting to be a bit of an addiction!

      • cecilia June 19, 2013 at 20:26 #

        I would be addicted, the stuff you buy is like water to your wine! c

      • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 20:32 #

        WIsh I could send you some!

  8. bitsandbreadcrumbs June 19, 2013 at 16:30 #

    That pappardelle looks like the perfect foil for a nice, thick vegetable and tomato sauce. And with homemade bread and olive oil, too…wow!

    • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 20:20 #

      Yes, you need a good strong pasta for a heacy sauce!

  9. TBM June 19, 2013 at 16:43 #

    Like Rachel, I’ve always wondered who decided to eat a lobster or a shrimp. I love simple food!

    • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 20:19 #

      So glad it was someone else who tried them out for us the first time!

  10. Mad Dog June 19, 2013 at 19:50 #

    I always wonder about those things too. Imagine all the people who tried food things out that were poisonous! Anyway, that pasta sounds delicious, you’ve got me wanting to go and open a can of anchovies right now 😉

    • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 20:19 #

      Big Man always says “it was a hungry man” who tried these things first, he’s probably right!

  11. narf77 June 19, 2013 at 19:54 #

    Made with love…eaten with Gusto! Did you know that you can make sourdough pasta? Give it a go, it might be delish. I haven’t tried it yet :). Your simple meal looks stunning and who would want to go out to a restaurant with grub like that at home! Kudos girl, you are making me hungry at 3.54am 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 20:18 #

      Sourdough pasta – really?! How interesting, you know I’m going to try it don’t you!

      • narf77 June 19, 2013 at 20:25 #

        Damned RIGHT I do! There is always method in my madness and I figure that you can try it and tell me if it’s worth making :). Check out this recipe…

        or this…

        the last one is a collection of 12 sourdough pasta recipes, indeed this wonderful blog is all about bloggers that use sourdough and challenge themselves to make a specific recipe “their way” on a regular basis. You can download a PDF of each of their recipe challenges on the site for free. It might be interesting to you 🙂 Have fun and don’t forget to post the results! Remember, some of us (lazy sloths) are waiting on the results 😉

      • Chica Andaluza June 19, 2013 at 20:32 #

        Ooh they’re great sites. I’ve already spotted one I fancy doing with lemon and capers. Damn you – you’ve set me off down another path now 😉 I like your reasoning though – let someone else try it first 🙂

      • narf77 June 19, 2013 at 20:48 #

        Yeah…someone with summer flavours on her mind 🙂

  12. chaiselongue1 June 19, 2013 at 22:48 #

    Homemade pasta, bread and olive oil….how could it get any better?

    • Chica Andaluza June 20, 2013 at 09:39 #

      We’re very lucky, but hopefully we don’t take it for granted!

  13. PendleStitches June 20, 2013 at 00:08 #

    Ok…you have to adopt me now! 😉

  14. Food and Forage Hebrides June 20, 2013 at 01:27 #

    I couldn’t agree more about simplicity in using a few prime ingredients to produce great food, your dish is testament to that. I had something very similar for supper, just pasta, roast veg and home made pesto, fits with your ethos. Thanks!

    • Chica Andaluza June 20, 2013 at 09:41 #

      Sounds like we had the same supper last night! But yes, it doesn’t always have to be expensive, hard to get ingredients. Sometimes a few simple ones can really shine!

  15. Eha June 20, 2013 at 02:51 #

    The anchovies do make that difference to a beautiful simple vegetable dish – I was married awhile to a very good cook, who taught me to add both anchovies and garlic late to almost every dish using them: still do and prefer 🙂 !

    • Chica Andaluza June 20, 2013 at 09:41 #

      I do so agree – sounds like there are a few anchovy fans out here too 🙂

  16. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise June 21, 2013 at 11:58 #

    I totally agree, a few good ingredients made with love could result in the most amazing meals!
    I love homemade pasta but don’t make it often enough

  17. spree June 22, 2013 at 01:31 #

    Beautiful pasta, Tanya, such a savory slow-cooked sauce, love the anchovies, love the sun where you are (we’re a bit gray here) and think I’ll have a second of those small glasses of wine! 🙂

    • Chica Andaluza June 22, 2013 at 08:10 #

      Ah thank you Spree – the sun is a bit erratic here right now. One day cloud, one day not – a very weird summer! But the wine is always most reliable 🙂

  18. TheDorsetFinca June 22, 2013 at 08:42 #

    This all looks too lovely for words! I’ll also raise my glass of wine this evening to the success of your sour dough! 🙂

  19. Maggie June 23, 2013 at 13:21 #

    The recipe has tickled my taste buds, will give it a try during the week. Salute!

    • Chica Andaluza June 23, 2013 at 13:53 #

      Bet yours is even better – after all, you were one of my teachers!

  20. Karen June 24, 2013 at 01:18 #

    Made with love, using fresh ingredients…delicious!

  21. kathryningrid July 2, 2013 at 03:16 #

    Pappardelle, my very favorite! And it’s best with simple sauces–or just come olive oil or butter and a pinch of salt. Heaven on earth.

    • Chica Andaluza July 2, 2013 at 09:07 #

      I wasn’t in the mood to cut them thinner (impatient!) but they were very good indeed. More pasta making today is scheduled 🙂

  22. kursi jepara October 21, 2015 at 05:36 #

    emmmm,……so beautifull picture,…..

  23. salima aqiqah December 14, 2015 at 04:49 #

    create a menu sendiriselai more hygienic also safe from preservatives and healthy for the family …. smart food.

  24. Rak Sepatu Gantung August 8, 2016 at 12:24 #

    very nyummyyyyy!!!

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