Happy Valentines Day! A day of romance, love, lust and all that. Also a day of family, friends, pets, and all that goes with that as well. Traditionally, Valentine's day was meant for two. A romantic two that is. Over the years it has changed and evolved to be a day for everyone and all kinds of love. In our house you aren't likely to see fluffy hearts and I love you banners floating around, but we know it's there on the inside. Well, at least I think we do.
We started the day off with a family cooked breakfast. That included Crepes with fresh lemon and sugar, Chocolate Chip Pancakes (for Lola who doesn't like crepes), tea and fresh orange juice. It was all going wonderful. Textbook happy family. A blustery morning outside, the fire roaring away, happy kids, a peaceful husband, quiet wife and a dog who got into the garbage!!! I don't need to fill in the gaps of what came next. But that was the end of breakfast and the start of a half hour argument of who didn't secure the lid with the water jug. It was all down hill from there.
I am hoping to have a a do over this evening with a family dinner. If I am brave enough. I am planning a seafood risotto and classic profiteroles. The pooch will be locked out of the kitchen. To be continued.
In the meantime, here is a super easy and tasty pasta dish you might like to try. I made this a few weeks back for lunch one day and it was simple, hearty and good. The chorizo adds a nice punch and flavour to the tomato pasta. If you have never had chorizo you can read all about it here, as I am not an expert. Every where around here in Spain, you will find chorizo of all kinds. I have to admit, I wasn't a fan until just a few years ago. Now, I love the stuff. My favourite is the Iberian Chorizo because it is spicy and just downright good. If you can't get Spanish chorizo around where you live, you could easily substitute Italian sausage.
This just could be your dinner for two today, if you are short on time. Spruce it up with a salad, some garlic bread or bruschetta and you are all done.
Love spicy chorizo!
Spicy Chorizo and Spaghetti
10 oz/250 grams spaghetti
2 Tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/2 Onion, diced
3 Garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup/60 ml white wine
2 Chorizo sausages, cut into 1/2 inch slices
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Fresh ground black pepper
Small bunch of fresh chopped parsley
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil, add the garlic and onions. Cook, stirring regularly for about 10 minutes. The onions should have softened by now. Next, add the tomatoes and cook for a further 8-10 minutes until they are cooked and soft with juice throughout the pan. Add in the wine and let it reduce by 1/2, this should only take 5 minutes or so. Add your chorizo to the pan, stir well and let cook until it is cooked throughout. This will only take a further 5 minutes or so. Season with a little salt and pepper and remove from heat.
Cook pasta according to package. Drain and add to large serving dish. Pour over the tomato and chorizo and stir well. Serve into two dishes and top with a little fresh chopped parsley
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