Friday, September 18, 2015

Pasta and Pearls...and a tasty recipe from Monet's Palate Cookbook.

Greetings...from The Humble Bungalow Kitchen!


I'm cooking up a storm today...


These juicy Heirloom Tomatoes are just begging to be eaten.
The Farmer's Markets are teeming with them so how could I resist?
Now what to make with them?
A simple salad or sandwich?
Or?


Do you remember my post about the Lion heart tomatoes from the Market in the South of France near Auvillar ?
We made a simple yet delicious lunch of sliced tomatoes served with a fresh brioche....
a little butter and sea salt elevated their taste to...
(remember that scene in the deli of Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally?)
We served them with a chilled glass of Rose.

Food can transport us back in time when we 
remember the smells and the flavours.


Red luscious and delicious.


The recipe that inspired me to get cooking today was found in Monet's Palate Cookbook.
The book showcases Monet's Vegetable Garden at Giverny 
with
 recipes that use the food and ingredients grown in his French Potager.


With all the red images it's time for a bit of green...


Le Coq towel from France...reminds me everyday of my trip.
The pasta pot with a built in colander is heating up while the tomatoes are roasting.


Halved tomatoes tossed in olive oil, with minced garlic and salt and pepper.
Roast for an hour at 275 or until softened.


Top with oregano, anchovies, and capers, drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
Roast another 10 minutes...
enjoy the aroma that is filling the kitchen!


You'll need oregano, tomatoes, red pepper flakes, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, pasta, olive oil, butter, capers, balsamic vinegar and anchovies.
And Pasta!

Once the tomatoes are done your pasta should be cooked al dente...
toss in 2 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, a small handful of torn basil leaves, salt and pepper to taste.
When the butter has melted add in the tomatoes and mix together...
the fragrance is out of this world.


Wear an apron and comfy shoes 
(or in my case ~ Lands' End slippers)
it took me awhile to go through the steps of this recipe and dinner was later than usual but it was so worth the effort!


Pour a glass of red wine
place the pasta in a bowl
grab a spoon and a fork and twirl away to your hearts content...
savour each delectable morsel of flavour.


serve with garlic bread to sop up the juices
Dinner's done.

"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece."
~ Claude Monet ~

"Instead of going out to dinner, buy good food. 
Cooking at home shows such affection. 
In a bad economy, it's more important to make yourself feel good."

~ Ina Garten ~

35 comments:

  1. Looks delicious! You have really brought France home with you and into your daily life!

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    1. I've always enjoyed French cooking...and I try to keep the many wonderful memories of Paris and the South of France very much alive.

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  2. Fantastic! The smell of those tomatoes is coming right thru the screen! I have a similar recipe minus the anchovies. It is pure heaven!!

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  3. Big, big YUM! The must be absolutely delicious...and I love anchovies.

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  4. Big, big YUM! The must be absolutely delicious...and I love anchovies.

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  5. Hi Leslie: I'm popping over from The Beautiful Matters to say "hi" from Ontario. I'm a big fan of the Craftsman style home and find your bungalow so charming. This recipe looks amazing and I'll be sure to try it. Pasta is a weekly indulgence here. You have a fun blog and I'm your new follower. Deb

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    1. Welcome Deb...thank you for taking the time to say hi and I hope you will enjoy my blog.

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  6. I love the Ina Garten quote--where is it from?

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    1. I found her quote online...I like to search for quotes and add them to my posts every now and then.

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  7. You just got me so hungry and I'm really ready to go to bed👍🍷👍

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  8. Ooooooh yeah. This sounds and looks so good. There's really nothing better than pasta. Curious what type of wine you enjoyed with this?

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    1. It was a full bodied French red and the bottle has already been recycled so I cannot tell you the name...I do apologize. I should have mentioned it when I typed this post.

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  9. What a coincidence! Your lovely meal is a lot like my celebratory lunch at the Petrie Court restaurant at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. I had Farmer's Market Papparadelle with heirloom tomatoes, pattypan squash, baby zucchini, a touch of mint and a little ricotta on the top.
    A small, elegant serving which would be easily duplicated at home. We visited some of Monet's paintings today and I was transported to Giverny. Bon week-end!

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    1. Oh how lovely! Both your meal and the viewing of Monet's paintings.You must be having a wonderful time with your daughter...I hope you will share the highlights with us when you return.

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  10. Dinner looks delicious! I'm going to try roasting them as you do. I love anchovies and make a mean puttanesca sauce, if I do say so myself.
    I just picked up my San Marzano tomatoes yesterday, so I have a busy in the kitchen.

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    1. Oh those San Marzano tomatoes are famous for their flavour...I buy them in a can here when I see them as they make a delicious Marinara sauce. I've never seen them fresh in the shops.

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  11. Such a perfect late summer dinner.

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  12. That recipe looks fabulous!! I've roasted tomatoes many times but never thought to add anchovies and capers!!! Just a perfect combination!! Off to the farmers market!!
    Xx

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    1. It really perks up the pasta...a little salty but so tasty!

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  13. Sounds and looks delicious. I love roasted tomatoes but sans anchovies! I might just pop some in the oven with sausages this evening.

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  14. Oh my goodness, but I bet it does smell and taste divine! I'm going to have to look up those beautiful tomatoes and see if I can grow them in my area. By the way, I love your slippers!

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    1. It will be fun growing some heirloom tomatoes...when we get our greenhouse installed I hope that we will be able to grow a variety of tomatoes.
      The slippers are cozy...Lands" End have some great things.

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  15. Pasta looks delicious. Did you remove skins before adding tomatoes to the pasta? Mary

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  16. Recipe sounds really good, but I would have to go easy on the anchovies and red pepper flakes. Could you tell us the actual name of the recipe as it appears in Monet's Palate Cookbook? Or did I somehow miss it in your post?

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    1. "Venetian Style Spaghetti with Roasted Tomatoes and Capers."

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    2. You can modify it to suit your palate...I didn't find it too spicy.

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  17. What pretty colours. A little too much garlic though. It looks more like an Italian recipe, not French..? The final results look perfect and definitely delicious. Mary

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    1. It's in the book but is a Venetian recipe.
      It's really flavourful.

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  18. Mmm . . . yummy, this looks delicious. I'm going to make this myself. Those tomatoes look so good. Nothing like homemade, with fresh ingredients.
    Love your tea towel and slippers, too.

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    1. This recipe will be one I will serve regularly...it's so delicious.

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  19. Simply delicious! even though I didn't cook it wearing pearls :) Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Dear Hostess,
    I just discovered this post. So glad you enjoy my book Monet's Palate Cookbook and prepared this homage to Monet and Venice. You created such a wonderful homage! I hope that everyone will bring a bit of Monet's world home too! Aileen Bordman www.MonetsPalate.com

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