May 8, 2013

spaghetti with lemon garlic breadcrumbs


if you had the chance to invite anyone at all to dinner at your place, who would you invite?* this question is so freakin good and awesome, isn't it? it's so good, i find it hard to concentrate... and come up with a good anser.

anyway, i am able to give a really good answer to that, i just knoooow it! wait, wait! oh, i know... listen:

i'd definitely invite a couple of food bloggers i admire (because i'm super confident in the kitchen like that to boast about my skills, ha!). maybe heidi swanson (of 101 cookbooks), and ashley rodriguez (of not without salt), together with her hubbie and kids. emily (of cupcakes and cashmere), because that girl seems like the perfect girlfriend material. from the glam world, maybe olivia palermo and her boyfriend, johannes hübel, because i think they just look so bloody gorgeous (i'm vain like that...). also, they're probably decent enough to eat my food without complaining. i'd also invite gwyneth paltrow (honestly, i know you have to hate her, technically, but she makes a mean green smoothie, and that's kind of a really good trait) and chris. angus and julia stone would be a fantastic addition to the party, i'm sure. maybe they could bring their guitar and make some music? ben & jerry, because, well, i guess that's obvious: they could bring dessert. jennifer lawrence, definitely. she's hilarious! i've seen some interviews with her and she just had me in stitches. that girl is so witty, i hope it would rub off on me. zoey deschanel, too, because i have a serious girl crush on her. and last but not least, i'd love to entertain** simon baker, too. okay, no, scratch that: i'd be a nervous wreck with him around, no good in the kitchen... let's limit it to drooling when i see him on tv, i think that's safe. and the food probably turns out better simon-less. so much for the dinner guests, then! only question left: "omg, what am i going to cook?!?"
 
spaghetti with lemon garlic breadcrumbs
adapted from nigella lawson's 'nigellissima'
serves 2 - 4

ingredients:
500 g spaghetti pasta
1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
salt for pasta
1 tsp fleur de sel
1 cup pasta water (water that comes from boiling pasta)
1 lemon: both zest and juice
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
1/4 tsp chili, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped

directions:
boil a pot of water for pasta. add salt when it starts boiling, then boil the spaghetti and cook according to instructions. drain, leaving 1 cup of the cooking water.

heat 1 tbsp of olive oilin a frying pan, add the lemon zest, garlic and chili and cook for a minute or so. next, add the breadcrumbs and cook until they're nicely browned. season with fleur de sel and pepper. put aside.

add 2 tbsp of olive oil to drained pasta along with half of lemon juice and combine. add an appropriate amount of pasta water to the pasta, too, to keep it moist. combine parsley with breadcrumbs and mix most of it with pasta; keeping some to garnish the plate with. serve pasta with the rest of breadcrumbs and parsley nicely arranged on top. a side of 'caramelized fennel' or any other green contorno is fabulous to go with this.

* you know, since i'm single, might as well practice the art of 'decent dating conversation' and come up with a few good questions...
** totally intended double meaning...

ps: did you see the new logo? the summer edtion? i know it's a bit early to switch from spring to summer, but i'm just so smitten with the poppies... and besides (even though right now the weather is lovely around here) there is really no harm in a little 'summery weather wishful thinking'. hurry up, summer! 

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thank you for reading fork and flower. always remember to eat dessert first. because life is short. we gotta embrace each day. xo scarlett