romanesco

Spaghetti with Romanesco, Dried Shrimp, Chilli and Spices

Spaghetti with Romanesco, Dried Shrimp, Chilli and Spices

I have been cooking, on an almost daily basis for many years. And most of the time I cook with what’s in my fridge and pantry, because I like to create something delicious from what’s there, rather than running to the shop for that one ingredient that I’ve run out of. So after bringing home some lovely fresh romanesco from the markets recently, and deciding it would be perfect with pasta, I discovered I’d run out of anchovies (a classic partner) so out came dried shrimp, coriander and fennel seed.

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Visually Stunning Romanesco

Visually Stunning Romanesco

You don’t see romanesco around much, although those in the know, are seeking out this alien looking vegetable more and more. Its bright green appearance always catches my eye when I see it at the markets, and I pounce quickly, scooping up as much as I think we can physically eat. I love its flavour: nuttier and earthier than cauliflower, with a little spice.

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