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Thread #165215   Message #4049752
Posted By: Charmion
01-May-20 - 09:54 AM
Thread Name: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Subject: RE: BS: Recipes - what are we eating?
Fish pie is definitely a dish that requires simplicity, and is much better when it includes something smoked. I would prefer Jamie Oliver's ingredients made up as fish cakes with veg on the side.

Another round of pasta puttanesca last night, this time a tomato sauce version with a tin of tuna added at the end, and garnished with fresh basil leaves. Oh, that was good. Steve Shaw, I would never have made this without your periodic comments on the subject, so I owe you a debt of gratitude. Plus, it's a pantry dish; except for the basil, everything in it came from household staples.

For four normal servings: 350 grams rotini, large (28 fl oz) tin of tomatoes, olive oil, enough anchovies, enough garlic (smashed and sliced), half a teaspoon of crushed dried chillis, half a cup of sliced black Kalamata olives, two tablespoons of capers, black pepper fresh from the mill, a tin of tuna (drained and broken up with a fork), chopped fresh basil or oregano.

I make the sauce in a large saute pan.

Soften the anchovies in the olive oil, add the garlic and cook gently until golden, add chillis and capers, grind peppermill over all. Pour in the tin of tomatoes (juice and solids), mix well, and let the sauce simmer very gently until it has reduced to the correct consistency. Add the olives and the tuna, cook long enough to warm them through, and taste. Add salt and/or pepper if you think it necessary; if you want more salt, you did not put in enough anchovies or capers at the beginning. Add freshly drained pasta to the pan and toss. Sprinkle chopped herbs. Eat.