Hello! So this is my new blog, how exciting! As the name suggests, I’m planning to write mostly about linguistics (which I study at uni) and cake, as well as food more generally. Any linguistics will be strictly amateur, based around what I happen to read at any given moment, and food will tend towards the cheap, quick and easy variety. To start with, here is a recipe for bacon and mushroom pasta which I made last term when I discovered I had some bacon and some mushrooms left over:
Ingredients (per person):
A portion of pasta (75-100g)
2 rashers bacon
5 or 6 mushrooms
A (small) clove of garlic
A bit of butter or olive oil
- Boil some water and put the pasta on to cook; start heating a small frying pan.
- Meanwhile, slice the bacon into strips about an inch wide (I trimmed some of the fat as well, though you wouldn’t need to) and fry them over a medium heat, adding a drop of oil if you have removed all the fat.
- Wipe and slice the mushrooms, and add them to the pan with the bacon when the pasta has 4-5 minutes to go. Crush or slice the garlic and add that, too.
- When the pasta is done, drain it, return it to the pan, add the bacon, mushrooms and garlic along with the butter or olive oil and shake it around a bit.
Tip for cooking cheap pasta: it never takes as long as the pack says! I tend to time it for 8 minutes, and after that check every minute. If the bacon and mushrooms are done before the pasta, it won’t hurt for them to sit off the heat for a couple of minutes.