Heaven Sent Me Angel’s Hair (Recipe by Valerie)
If you have been following my blog long enough, you would have seen Valerie at work in our kitchen quite a few times and it’s usually pasta she’s cooking, namely Aglio Olio.
The reason for frequently eating this dish is simple: we don’t have the luxury of time!
I have hung up my apron years ago. These days, Valerie and Sam take over the scullery. This was our dinner a few nights ago and I was in the kitchen to keep Valerie company while she cooked.
In my previous posts, I mentioned Valerie cooks without a recipe so I thought I might as well document this delicious meal with photos 🙂
1 package (500g) Pasta of your choice (we used 1 and half package of Angel’s Hair for 5 people).
Half a whole bulb of Garlic, minced.
Chilli Padi, deseeded and minced (amount according to your taste but she used around 5-8 depending on her mood).
Salt, for boiling pasta (1 tablespoon) and seasoning prawns (and also if necessary for pasta after cooking, according to taste).
Olive Oil (extra virgin) for cooking pasta, sautéing garlic and chillies, and more if needed to lubricate the final product.
No frills, just simple good home-cooked meal.
Click on photos for sequential viewing and commentary of cooking process:
Moscato has a sweet crisp taste and goes very well with this dish. However, we ran out of Moscato d’Asti and have to make do with the Californian (so Italians, please lay off my back) 😉 The label on this wine was spiritually (pun intended) enlightening… The Naked Grape – Naked Truth #7 “There is nothing sweeter than kindness”. Michael Erb would love this phrase, you think Mike?
Thank you Valerie for cooking this wonderful meal after a hard day’s work. Thank you Vanessa, Sam and Ryan for cleaning up after (our house rule although unspoken, the one who cooked does not need to clean up – team work). Yes, my children are heaven sent! As for me, it’s payday – I made myself an aromatic after-dinner java and chit-chatted with the “dishwashers”, lol… And why not? Surely, I’ve earned it after 25 years 😀
Happy cooking, eating and bonding 🙂
P.S. Coincidentally, I had a similar Italian dish earlier in the day with Anne and Naomi. Both my friends thought the Prawn Pasta we had at the trattoria was not up to par. See you in tomorrow’s post.