I wanted a hearty accompaniment for a simple spaghetti bolognese, but wanted something a little more special than a squidgy frozen loaf from the supermarket. So I rolled up my sleeves and whipped up Nigella's garlic and parsley hearthbreads. The more eagle-eyed among you will notice that I have made this before, seven years and a day ago, in fact! After all that time, I think it's due for a repeat, don't you?
The recipe comes from Nigella's lovely book, How to be a Domestic Goddess, which I adore for its delicious recipes, understated photography and its deadpan humour. (This was years before the bright colours and silly names from Nigella Express: "Go Get 'Em Smoothie", "No Worries Chocolate Mousse" etc.)
The dough is a standard white-flour yeast dough, with a bit of olive oil and salt added. It's topped with a mixture of roasted garlic, parsley and olive oil. I added fresh oregano as well, because I had some and because I love it!
I didn't think we'd get through 8 hearthbreads with dinner, so I made half the dough into little football bread roll shapes to eat later!
With the garlic paste spread on top...
And fresh out of the oven...
The next day, I defrosted some feta-stuffed Frikadellen for dinner, but instead of eating it with potatoes and gravy, I made myself a mini burger. I halved and toasted one of the bread rolls, spread it with some of the leftover garlic paste, and topped it with the Frikadelle and some curry ketchup.
Mini-burger! Super cute!