The Trattoria Project and Spectaculars: Pasta alla Norma.







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Thursday, November 8, 2007

Pasta alla Norma.

I make mistakes, you make mistakes, it is inevitable. 4 months ago, I was sulking over a failed experiment after taking on a Jamie Oliver recipe which I had happy hopes on. Jamie inspired me to cook, I always thought those colorful and vibrant dishes in his books would taste exactly like its description. I thought that by advocating in his way of cooking, I could make people happy with my food.

4 months later, I wrapped my entire Jamie cookbook collection with fancy papers for birthday presents.
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Last night, I was strolling around the supermarket and those huge, juicy looking eggplants were available once again.(Literally. Don't go naughty.) I stood in front of them for a good 5mins in disbelief that I actually went hysterical over the recipe. I was wondering what a good one would taste like. I put them into my shopping basket immediately.

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One thing I've realized from the cooking of my childhood culinary heroine, my late aunt, is that eggplants have sponge-like properties when you cook them, they absorb all soluble flavors in proximity. I try bacon. It was brilliant.

Mise en Place
Serves 4
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6 Streaks of Bacon, chopped
400g Chopped Tomatoes
4 Cloves of Garlic, crushed
1 Onion, chopped
1 Large Eggplant, diced
1 tsp Dried Oregano
300g Dried Spaghetti
100ml Chicken Stock
Crushed Red Pepper
Sea Salt
Black Pepper
EVOO

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- Saute onion, red pepper and bacon in a good amount of EVOO on medium heat for a min.
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- Add eggplants and saute until they turn slightly brown.
- Add garlic and saute.
- Just before garlic turns brown, add the stock. Simmer for 5 mins on low heat.
- Cook pasta in plenty of boiling salt water.
- Add chopped tomatoes and oregano. Turn heat down to medium low, simmering to sauce consistency.
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- Remove and drain pasta when done, reserving some pasta water.
- Toss sauce and pasta. Season. Add pasta water if too dry.
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Serve with freshly grated parmesan.
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3 comments:

Jen said...

by adding the bacon i'm sure it turns yummilicious!

Jay Cam said...

ooh now THAT looks goooood!
congrats on the masterpiece!

Uncledee said...

yes it does, bacon works on almost everything :)

thks jay cam, for the comment and for the invitation. cheers














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