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20 June 2005 @ 08:28 pm
Spaghetti alla Mediterraneo (Mediterranean Spaghetti)  
I tried something new for dinner this evening - and I think I've finally found something that's both vegetarian and interesting enough to be served to 'company' should we ever invite vegetarians to dinner. It's not that disimilar to the sorts of pasta sauce I come up with if I just invent it, but different proportions, and I'd never randomly think of putting aubergine or courgette in. But it looks nice, and has lots of different colours and textures.

Cross posted to dinner.


Serves 4.

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 red peppers, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 aubergine, diced
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • 3 tomatoes, skinned and chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • Sufficient spaghetti for 4


Method:
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the garlic and onion for 2 minutes
  2. Add the peppers, aubergine and courgette and fry for a further 3 minutes
  3. Blend in the tomatoes, tomato puree and basil and season with the salt and pepper
  4. Reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally
  5. Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti and drain well
  6. Toss the spaghetti in the sauce before serving
 
 
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contents under pressure / handle with care: cookinggraphxgrrl on June 20th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
This is basically my default pasta configuration--if I'm in the mood for meat I'll cook some some ground beef (mince!), chicken, scallops, or whatever I have on hand first to add in at the end.

Plus, lots of grated parmesan over top. Yum. :)
peagles on June 20th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)
scallops? I really must have dinner at yours soon, scallops are probably my favourite food.
contents under pressure / handle with care: whiskgraphxgrrl on June 20th, 2005 07:52 pm (UTC)
Mine too. I have little tiny bay scallops in the fridge right now that are going into a stir-fry tonight. I have been pondering doing this recipe I have with sea scallops and a mango salsa that's quite lovely.

I need a fish icon. This lack of computer with photoshop at home business is wearing thin. Stupid PC.
peagles on June 20th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
Sounds good. I either slice them very thinly and eat then raw or griddle them a bit and eat them with a chili dip.
Meriver_of_ on June 21st, 2005 10:14 am (UTC)
Re: Photoshop...

You could always try Gimp:

http://gimp-win.sourceforge.net/stable.html

(Install both GTK and Gimp.)

It's a clone of Photoshop... I reckon it's more intuitive but that depends on what they've done to the interface of late...
contents under pressure / handle with care: artisticgraphxgrrl on June 21st, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
Having been a Photoshop user for over ten years (life before layers, eek!) it's definitely not worth it for me to deal with a new software package for the short time I'm going to be without my primary graphics machine.

Thank you though. :)
Meriver_of_ on June 21st, 2005 01:07 pm (UTC)
Almost identical user interface (with layers ;) - it's very much a clone of Photoshop but it runs on Linux (as well as Windows and a bunch of others) because Adobe didn't want to do a Linux version and have now lost the market *sigh* they don't learn - ho hum :)
contents under pressure / handle with care: happy kitty 2graphxgrrl on June 21st, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
I would guess they're not terribly concerned about the Linux market. ;)
Meriver_of_ on June 21st, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
And General Sickles wasn't concerned about the other sides guns...

"Why from this distance, they couldn't hit the broad side of a ..."
Attributed to Civil War General Sickles a split second before he was shot at Gettysburg.

...doesn't mean they'll live to regret it! ;)

I always thought it a pity because I liked Photoshop but I can't be doing with Microsoft on my home machine, I do too much computing support as it is, I need something that _works_, prefereably now. :)
contents under pressure / handle with care: artisticgraphxgrrl on June 21st, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
Considering their target market (i.e. corporations and design professionals) I don't see Adobe going out of business anytime soon due to not embracing Linux--or so I say as someone very firmly in their target market (a graphic design professional working in a corporate marketing environment).

While the company I work for employs various open-source software in some specific applications, everyone that requires an image editing program is using Photoshop. ;)

And as for Windows... I'm a terribly happy long time Mac user, so am quite content with my working operating system... that I'm just missing temporarily at home at the moment.
Meriver_of_ on June 21st, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
> Considering their target market...

Yup, you're right on the spot there... maybe I just notice all the takeovers of late and wonder... (though buying Macromedia will make this more difficult)...

Mac's are very nice... pity they're moving to Intel (but maybe that's just me being sentimental).
Johnjarel on June 20th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)

Yuck, parmesan!
contents under pressure / handle with care: cheesegraphxgrrl on June 20th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
But, but, it's CHEEEEEEEEEESE!

Asiago? Romano?
Margaretpling on June 20th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
It's not desperately authentic, but I always substitute red leicester when the recipe calls for parmasan as that's J's favourite cheese.
contents under pressure / handle with care: cheesegraphxgrrl on June 20th, 2005 07:55 pm (UTC)
As long as there's cheese involved somewhere! ;)
Margaretpling on June 20th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC)
My default has relatively more tomato - I'd have the same amount of tomato as this recipe for about half the rest of the ingredients. And it normally has bacon in too.
Hugo, Hug, Huggles, Hugonian (whatever!)hflf on July 20th, 2005 08:59 am (UTC)
mmmm bacon!
Jonbigme on June 20th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yummy :)