Here are some of the dishes I've been making this week...
Bill Granger's spaghetti with garlic and spinach (Every Day with Bill Granger)
This one is super simple and light, as you'd expect from Monsieur Granger. You fry some garlic in olive oil with chilli, add some white wine, and toss the lot through cooked spaghetti and baby spinach leaves. Delicious and fast! (This one's for you, Fembotanist!)
Nigel Slater's baked couscous with chicken and spices (Real Cooking)
From Nigel Slater's recipes, I expect nothing but the best. And I have yet to be disappointed. For this recipe, you marinate chicken pieces in a mixture of dried chilli, cinnamon, curry powder, garlic and oil, and then bake them in the oven. For the couscous, you soak it in an equal amount of water for 15 minutes, mix through some sultanas, dot with butter, cover with foil and bake it in a separate dish while the chicken's cooking. Once both are cooked, you mix them together and sprinkle over some mint.
Jamie Oliver's pumpkin, pancetta and chestnut soup
I'm not quite sure where this recipe was published; I think it was a magazine. My friend DG has made it before and raved about it. She didn't have the exact recipe on her, but I winged it from her description. I think in the original recipe Jamie instructs you to roast cubes of pumpkin with chilli and coriander seeds, but I started with the pumpkin puree already in my fridge. (I had quite a bit of pumpkin leftover from my disastorous pumpkin rice of 2 days ago.)
Sautée a chopped onion in oil with some pancetta, crumbled vacuum-packed chestnuts, and sage...
... then add the cooked pumpkin and some stock (I used chicken), and simmer for half an hour.
Then blend it in a blender, and it's ready to eat.
Absolutely fabulous. Much easier than it looks, and very hearty and satisfying with a complex flavour. The weather is way too hot to be eating this type of soup at the moment, but really, don't let that stop you. Some things are too good to wait for the seasons to change.