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Posted on 2011/12/10 09:32:12 (December 2011).

[Friday 2nd December 2011]
At lunchtime I found myself really craving a nice simple bowl of pasta, and ended up walking half way down King's Road in search of a restaurant that turned out to be even further than I imagined. I eventually gave up at Waitrose, and bought some madeleines (and some floss picks - exciting I know) and then trudged back.

In the evening Chie went to her Hiroshimakenjinkai's bonenkai - the "forgetting the year" party. So I was left to my own devices. Still craving an excellent bowl of pasta it seemed clear the best plan was to make one myself. So I popped into Sainsbury's on the way back, and picked up various things for making something like the vegetarian version of the putanesca sauce I'd had a Ciao Bella recently. It ended up being red onion, lots of garlic, polpa fine tomatoes, green and black olives and capers, plus the usual George's marvellous medicine addition of various condiments from the cupboard (Henderson's relish, Angostura bitters, tabasco, etc). Oh and lots of olive oil - that seems to be the main differentiator between the kind of rich pasta sauces you get in restaurants and the rather bland versions people typically make at home. I was rather pleased with the end result, served with a glass of red wine, and a mozzarrella and tomato salad to start.

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