A Parmesan & Sundried Tomato Loaf

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Yesterday we came back from a weekend away, where we went to celebrate my cousin’s wedding.  I was so privileged to sit next to her and performing the role of Matron of Honour during such an important part of the Hindu wedding ceremony!  Thanks J! For the amazing opportunity…love you both J & C!

As we got home, I realised we had no bread in the house and the shops had closed for the day.  So out came my mixing bowl and bread ingredients and this is what I came up with…

The dough all mixed and kneaded, waiting to a well deserved proving rest

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All proved, doubled in size and ready for the oven

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Loaf of bread baked, sounds hollow, good crust…I’m happy 🙂

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The crumb….

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Recipe adapted from this “Bread Kitchen” recipe..have a look friends…

I wanted some FRESH BREAD…

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I’m feeling a little under the weather today, but a girl’s got to eat…so I raided my pantry and found this

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Yes ok..it’s a packet job! But boy did it work well.  So well that I had to share, as I always do..still needs to be kneaded and set to rise but ultimately you get a wonderful and tasty…more importantly fresh out of the oven loaf!

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I’ve just enjoyed a few pieces and I think I’m now going to drape myself in my pink Mini Mouse blanket and take a nap….can you believe it?..I’m actually going to get some rest…otherwise as most of you know, I am always on the go!  See you tomorrow friends x

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Fresh pea tagliatelle in a tomato and garlic sauce

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I normally cook with frozen peas but was in for a treat when my parents brought round a bag of fresh West country garden peas. So sweet and tender, they look appealing to the eye and taste wonderful swirled into this aromatic fresh tomato and garlic sauce. My memory of shelling peas with my father is that the peas hardly ever made it to the saucepan as we would both be nibbling on them whilst we shelled. I am lucky that some peas made it into my sauce before we got to them! Hope you enjoy…

INGREDIENTS

200g dry tagliatelle
120g fresh peas shelled
4 medium tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic crushed
1 green chilli finely chopped
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

METHOD

1. To skin the tomatoes put in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Let the tomatoes rest for 10 minutes, then drain water and the tomato skins will peel off right away

2. Use a blender to crush the tomatoes along with 2 cloves of crushed garlic. Whizz until you get a sauce consistency

3. Meanwhile par boil the fresh peas for 4 minutes and put aside

4. Also put on the tagliatelle to boil in slightly salted water. For it to be al dente simmer pasta on a medium heat for 7-8 minutes after it comes to the boil. Once done rinse and then drain. Add 1/2 tbsp of olive oil to prevent the tagliatelle from sticking

5. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a big saucepan throw in the oregano, chilli and the remainder of crushed garlic. Cook gently for 2 minutes and combine the tomato base made previously, add salt and sugar at this stage. Stir and simmer on a low heat for 7 minutes.

6. Combine the peas into the tomato sauce and slowly mix in the tagliatelle making sure each strand is covered in the sauce. Serve with a sprinkling of parmesan if you wish.