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I did not realise, when I decided to make this, how much of an arse-ache it would be to get pasta shells. I naively went to my usual supermarket and happily (that bit might be a lie, grocery shopping makes me angry) trotted (also a lie, I never trot) up and down the aisles picking up my shopping, when I got to the pasta aisle. I looked at the big pasta shapes they had. Not there. “Hmm,” I thought, “I must not be looking properly” (this happens a lot). I looked at the small pasta shells. Nope, not there either. In fact, after 10 minutes of searching (and panicking) it transpired that they did not stock large pasta shells. They had what can only be described as slightly-larger-than-small-but-not-even-medium-sized pasta shells. (more…)

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Risotto all’arrabiata

This recipe has been waiting and waiting and WAITING for me to finish my exams so that it could finally be posted. And now that it’s finally here, you need to make this. When I first tasted it, I actually paused in shock at how good it is. Really. I don’t do that. I eat my food as quickly as possible before something awful can happen that might stop me from finishing my food, like the world ending or me dropping my plate because I’m clumsy. Remember that time the world ended and you didn’t get to eat half of that amazing risotto? Exactly. (more…)

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After turning Philly cheese steak into pasta last week, I’ve been thinking about what else would be fun to turn into pasta. I decided on beef enchiladas. (more…)

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Mexican chicken nachos

I have a confession. I’m not great at cutlery. I hold my fork in my right hand. I hold my knife in my left hand. When I have to cut things, I kind of just saw at them a bit and then try to drag them apart. It’s not classy. But this doesn’t need cutlery! No! You can just pick up the nachos, scoop up some chicken and cheese, straight in your mouth. Yes. You might need a fork for stray bits of chicken, but I can totally do fork only meals. (more…)

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Gnocchi with bacon and egg

I subscribe to two cooking magazines, Good Food and Olive, and every month I fold down the pages of recipes I like the look of and then happily put the magazines on my bookshelf and forget all about them. When I look through them again, there are always recipes I’ve marked which are a bit different to my normal tastes, and I’m fairly certain I will never make them. This is one of those recipes, and this week I decided I was just going to go for it. If I didn’t like it, I could just not make it again. But I did like it. A lot. (more…)

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Philly cheese steak pasta

Philly cheese steak might be the best sammich ever invented, and pasta might be my favourite food ever, so it seemed only natural to combine the two. This is gooey, cheesy and unashamedly tacky. Make it and put it in your face. (more…)

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As I love to add courgette to EVERYTHING, I was excited when I saw a recipe for Courgette carbonara a couple of years ago in Jamie at Home by Jamie Oliver. I copied out the recipe and I’ve made it often ever since.  Except that I haven’t, really. I’ve changed it every time until it’s morphed into something which doesn’t really resemble Jamie Oliver’s recipe at all, other than the fact that it has courgette in it. So I’m claiming it as my own. Is that too cheeky? (more…)

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