Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Summery Lemony Pasta with Smoked Salmon

It may be tempting fate but it looks like summer is actually here at last. I have worn a pretty summer frock all day without getting a bit chilly and the thick black tights which cover my milk bottle white legs are being dragged out less and less.
We barely used the garden last year but this year we really are getting out there and enjoying it. This is probably down to the fact that last year it was a plantless yard but this year we have greenery and things are actually growing pretty nicely.  All of which leads to my Matey and I using the barbeque more and more. Unfortunately on Monday night a slight mistake led to the the barbeque being destroyed. It was a £2-bought-at-the-end-of-summer-two-years-ago barbeque so hardly the end of the world. Time to dig out recipes that have that summery feel without being made up of slightly charred meat and veg.

This originates from a Jamie Oliver recipe that has been used and abused according to what we have in the fridge and the utensils we actually have. This version came about because we had some left over smoked salmon last night.

1 egg yolk
60g Parmesan cheese
2 small lemons (or one big one)
Fresh basil
Pasta - Yes fresh is best but I used dried and found it tasty!
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
salt & pepper
Smoked Salmon (optional and you don't need too much as it is a strong flavour.)

1. Grate the parmesan and put aside.
2. Zest one lemon and juice them both. (This is for a really lemony dish, adjust to your taste)
3. Separate the egg and put the yolk into a bowl.
4. Mix in the parmesan, olive oil, zest and lemon juice. Season to taste. (It looks horrible at this stage!)
5. Boil a saucepan of water and add the pasta. Chop some basil and shed some smoked salmon while you are waiting.
6. When the pasta is cooked drain it thoroughly and quickly add to the mix. The heat from the pasta will cook the small amount of egg and the sauce will suddenly turn smooth and yummy looking.
7. Quickly stir in the chopped basil and smoked salmon (if using) and serve.

Eat with a crunchy salad in the garden or with the windows wide open.

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