Friday, March 7, 2014

Tri-pepper, five-colour spaghetti

Remember, in this post, when I talked about the various 'niggles' that may haunt a dish? The things that can go wrong, the ideas you can't quite make, the recipes you somehow lose...

Dear readers, I have lost a recipe. Not a terribly complicated recipe, or even a very exciting one, but a combination of ingredients that turned pasta from simple to exciting. Lost might in fact be a little generous; I distinctly remember throwing the piece of paper out (!). I thought I had transferred my scribbled notes to a draft blog post, but it seems that happened in my imagination and not reality. 


I am really very sorry. 

On the plus side, I can remember most (perhaps all - who knows!) of the things that went into this dish. And, pasta dishes are pretty much a concept anyway. And, I'm sure you all adapt recipes to what you have to hand. 

Maybe we can pretend it isn't so bad.



What I can say is that this dish has a number of stand out features.

First, the obvious one: My spaghetti was green! I used a spirulina version of the beetroot pasta I fell in love with last year. If you know to look for it, there is a very faint spirulina taste, but it's barely there. Obviously green spaghetti isn't essential and this would be enjoyable with a regular variety too (or spinach, which is a bit easier to come by than spirulina).

Second: I roasted the peppers in this dish ahead of time. It makes all the difference to flavour, and I really recommend it despite the extra effort. As the title suggests, I also used a mix of pepper colours - red, orange and yellow.

Third: There are lots of vegetables. The five colours referred to in the title include the red, orange and yellow of the peppers, plus orange carrots; green broccoli and spaghetti; and the purple tones of red onion.

Fourth: I used sherry vinegar when roasting the peppers, and balsamic vinegar in the seasoning for the rest of the vegetables. There is hardly any 'sauce' to this recipe because the vegetables are so plentiful and the roast peppers so tender. In addition to vinegar, there was olive oil, a little maple syrup, a dash of salt, and some dried tarragon.


In those features, you pretty much have the recipe. I wish I could be more specific, but the truth is, I made this up as I went along and scribbled the notes as I went. Mr Bite and I both enjoyed the final result, but I am sure you could have an equally enjoyable dish with a little less sherry vinegar, or a little more tarragon, or by branching out to other herbs.

Experiment. Have fun. Embrace colour.

And I promise in my next food post, there will be a recipe.

What was your last lost recipe occasion? Please share...

23 comments:

  1. Oh no! Been there, done that. And then remind myself why I should always just type up the recipe as soon as possible after making it lol.

    I love that this is really vegetables with a bit of pasta instead of the other way around!

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    1. I think that might be why I loved the dish so much too :-) And yes - typing up pronto is the way to go!!

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  2. Definitely happened here! I really should get a "system" in place rather than the multiple noteboks and scraps of paper I use...
    Roasted peppers can definitely make a good dish great. This pasta looks fab.

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    1. I had done well for a while with using one notebook (and because it was a notebook I wasn't likely to throw it away!), but then it was always by my computer when I was in the kitchen and in the kitchen when I was at the computer, and in my laziness I went back to scrap paper...and therein was my problem :P

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  3. I've lost recipes before or just thrown in stuff that I know I will never replicate - sometimes I admire cookbook writers for their persistence. I love your colourful pasta - looks very healthy and the roasted peppers sound like a great idea - and the green pasta is just beautiful

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    1. I thought of you with the green pasta, Johanna :)

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  4. I can see why you'd still share this even without a recipe - it is gorgeous! I don't tend to lose recipes but I have a tendency to misplace my photos! Just the other day I asked Rob to search for all photos from a particular date on my computer because I couldn't find what I wanted... thank goodness we eventually found it. :)

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    1. Thanks Janet! And I suppose I can at least by grateful my photos don't usually go missing...thank goodness Rob turned yours up for you!

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  5. My simple birthday cake recipe...for some reason I seem to lose it all the time! How is this possible when I make it nearly three times a year and I have a blog? I have no idea, but I seem to write it down and it disappears once again.

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    1. That is very funny B. :-) At least you manage to make it in spite of the recipe challenges!

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  6. I think all bloggers have been here! It's happened to me so many times with some of my favourites!

    This looks gorgeous though, I can see why you were so upset after having lost it!

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    1. Plus, it was a dish Mr B. really loved too! Terrible!

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  7. G'day! happens to me too!
    Glad I am not the only one...was a special silverside Crock Pot recipe....
    Cheers! Joanne

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    1. I'm glad it's not just me too Joanne :)

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  8. It certainly is very colourful and I'll have to look out for spirulina pasta. I love how you baked the vegetables in the vinegars first - they would have added such flavour to the pasta xx

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    1. They did indeed...I think one day I shall have to try again and make the notes thoroughly and safely that time around :P

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  9. Wow - a fabulous healthy pasta dish. Hope you find that recipe again.

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    1. Thanks Cakelaw - sadly I think it is gone, but perhaps I can recreate it one day!

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  10. I love the idea of flavoured pastas, but I can never taste what they are meant to be! Your dish looks amazing though. Mmmm carbs :)

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    1. I usually can't taste them either ;) It's just the colour that wins me over!

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