A (BAD) TASTE OF THE GOOD LIFE
The first time I made pasta for my husband was on our second date. It was before he mentioned that he was a world-class chef and before I had learnt to cook. I’d promised him lasagne, which he insisted was far too much trouble, and suggested we eat out instead. I couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about and told him to come round at 8pm. At 8.10pm, I popped the frozen ready meal into the microwave and a few minutes and loud ping later, announced that dinner was served.
My husband was obviously smitten, as he ate every disgusting morsel and declared it delicious. It was only after we married that he told me it was the worst meal he’d ever eaten and that he’d almost choked on every mouthful. Lasagne, I now know, is a dish lovingly baked for the family, which takes hours. Heating a supermarket supper from the chiller for an Italian (and a chef!) is sacrilege.
Luckily, he soon taught me plenty of delicious pasta dishes and how to check that the pasta is cooked and al dente – and no it doesn’t mean, as I was told at university, throwing spaghetti at the wall and knowing it’s done when it sticks. So as it’s World Pasta Day in two days, on October 25, we’ve brought you a sample of simple but tasty pasta recipes you can make at home. Turn to page 84 for a taste of la dolce vita – no frozen ready meals guaranteed!
Until next week,
Lasagne, I now know, is a dish LOVINGLY baked for the family, which TAKES HOURS. Heating a chilled ready meal for an Italian (and a chef!) is SACRILEGE
Karen Pasquali Jones, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org