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pancetta-wrapped asparagus with orange dressing

i know it’s a bit late in the year for english asparagus but i wanted to share this recipe with you anyway, which i really enjoyed a couple of weeks ago.

the asparagus blanched for a few minutes and once it has cooled, then wrapped in pancetta. i then fried the asparagus in a little olive oil until the pancetta was crispy and the asparagus had finished cooking through.

the dressing, which was poured over the hot and crispy asparagus was a mix of olive oil, orange juicem orange zest and a little dijon mustard.

very simple, very summery and a little bit different.


moro top ten: trinxat


“we first ate this dish at a simple restaurant on the outskirts of barcelona – it is like a particularly delicious bubble and squeak”

this recipe from moro east combines potatoes, turnips and greens with a couple of types of pork to create bubble and squeak, spanish style. i was quite excited by this as it was a good excuse to buy turnips, a vegetable i only use rarely (has anyone any recipe recommendations to show them off?).

so, how did i get on?

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autumn pasta with borlotti beans, cavolo nero, girolles and crispy pancetta 

i’ve been a bit lackadaisical recently, when it came to food shopping and tracking down exciting seasonal foodie bits. this is very unlike me but has been due to trying to use stuff up (it took me months to work my way through the freezer but it is now done, has been defrosted and is again stuffed to the gills) and general busyness. however, this weekend i have got my act together and have lots of lovely exciting things in – fresh pasta and gnocchi, burrata, fresh borlotti beans, cavolo nero, various types of wild mushroom plus figs, amalfi lemons, wet walnuts and cobnuts.

last night’s supper was inspired by a description in a the donna hay magazine – for a quick winter pasta, toss sautéed garlic, wilted kale, borlotti beans, crispy proscuitto and pecorino through cooked fettucine. drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice to serve.

sounds delicious, non? i added some fresh girolles plus thyme to the mix, omitting the lemon juice and embracing the mild earthiness of the dish. fresh pasta too. it was delicious – a thoughtful combination of ingredients and a nice way to return to mindful cooking.

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fresh tomato and peppered pancetta pasta

this was such a simple supper to pull together and, as long as you have decent tomatoes, it’s well worth a try on a lazy sunny evening – slices of peppered pancetta fried in a little olive oil while the pasta cooks and until it starts to crisp up, add halved cherry tomatoes and a glug of white wine, let it bubble to boil off the alcohol, stir in a handful of basil and add to the cooked pasta. super simple, super delish.


roasted asparagus with smoky bacon

natoora added a bunch of thick-stemmed green asparagus to the white which they sent me last week. i decided to use it to try out a few new ways of cooking asparagus. this was very simple – i wrapped the spears in smoky bacon (make sure you remove the rind, you can also use pancetta rashers) and placed in a lightly oiled dish. rub the exposed asparagus tips with a little more oil, season with black pepper (the bacon will provide all the salt you need) then roast at 220c for 12-15 minutes – you need to make sure the bacon has started to crisp so it may need a few minutes longer and you might want to turn it over.

i really enjoyed this – i wasn’t a big fan of roasted asparagus when i tried it last but the crispy bacon is a lovely contrast to the almost buttery soft asparagus spears. i think it worked particularly well as the asparagus spears were so fat - this made them wonderfully juicy.