Yummy bits and bobs from my kitchen!
I love bistro style food. I also like getting a good deal: I really am a bargain hunter. You’ll rarely find me in a luxury food shop because during my time as a chef, I’ve learned a lot about making the most out of value ingredients. This crisp, fresh and summery pasta dish (including the beer I’ve paired it with) all comes from the shelves of Lidl- my local budget supermarket.
The lemon dressed courgette salad makes a great side to loads of other dishes- try it as a salad on its own, topped with pumpkin seeds and grilled halloumi… still with a fresh and zesty beer…. any excuse for a nice beer, eh?
For the dressing:
1 lemon (zest and juice)
2 tbsp olive oil plus a little for frying
generous grind of black pepper
For the Salad:
1 medium courgette (or two small- I a small yellow courgette to add to the mix, which looked funky)
For the Pasta:
150g spaghetti (I buy spaghetti for only 20p. After studying the ingredients like a big anorak in the shop, I discovered that virtually all pasta -luxury brands included- contain nothing but durum wheat and semolina.)
160 g peas (get fresh if they’re seasonal, freshly popped peas are so sweet and crunchy. You won’t find these out of season though, so make do with thawed frozen if needs be- they’re still yummy and very good for you)
Medium onion, sliced
1 clove finely minced garlic
a little basil (I like to use fresh, as this looks great as a garnish- a pinch of dried will do though)
Tip: This dish pairs really well with citrus flavour beers. I got “Green Gecko” craft beer for only £1.25 and it went perfectly.