Spring and Norma

Wow, the recent weeks were pretty stressful. First I had within my second course specialisation in technical chemistry a course called "Plant Design". Beginning with an "omfg two weeks without sleep" I rather enjoyed this course at the end. I've learned much about teamwork and it's amazing what we've developed. By the way: our plant wouldn't be economical ;) The next big thing was my last written exam I had last week, which I passed successfully :) Total relief!

Last week was also the first week with temperatures above 15 °C. I loved it, I even didn't need to wear a jacket! But now, the temperatures are dropping fast and it is rainy again. Hopefully the Easter weekend is going to be nice.

Last week I made Pasta alla Norma, a traditional sicilian dish, which was a long term item on my "to cook" list. It is absolutely easy to make and, like most easy dishes, it is pretty delicious. As I hadn't ricotta salata at hand, I substituted it for the good ol' parmesan.

Pasta alla Norma serves 4
adapted from Jamie Oliver - Jamie's Great Italien Escape p. 104

500g Spaghetti, cooked and some cooking water reserved
800g Whole Tomatoes, canned
2 Eggplants
4 Gloves Garlic, thinly sliced 
1 Tbsp Oregan, dried
1 Red chilli, finely minced
1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
1 Hand Fresh Basil, stalks chopped and leaves coarsly chopped
1 Hand Freshly Grated Parmesan

Quarter the eggplants lenghtwise and cut it into fingerthick stripes. Heat a large pan with olive oil on medium high heat, add the eggplants and toss until fully coated with oil, sprinkle with oregano and roast until golden brown in two batches. Put all eggplants together and add garlic, chilli and basil stalks. Add the vinegar, tomatoes and a dash of water and simmer for about 30 minutes. Cook the spaghetti in boiling water with a good amount of salt until done. Drain and reserve some of the cooking water.

Season the sauce with salt and pepper until taste and add the parmesan and basil. Now add the cooked spaghetti and 2-3 tbsp of the cooking water to the sauce. Buon appetito!

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Jens said...

Looks good!

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