Tagliatelle alla Vodka (or how to turn your kitchen into a disaster zone)
I envy people who can cook and not make a mess. I try my best to tidy as I go along and to keep things neat, but it never quite works. I’d like to be one of those people who has all their ingredients chopped, measured and sitting neatly in a little bowl before they start cooking. Unfortunately I’m more of the Jamie Oliver school: grab a handful of this, add a splash of that, wazz it up, bash it in the oven. So my fantastic idea for an easy dinner turned out to be less simple than I planned.
I’d been wanting to try this recipe for spaghetti alla vodka for a little while – it looked like a good comfort food dish, which was exactly what I fancied tonight. The pasta sauce seems straightforward, I thought. Why don’t I make my own pasta as well? I received a pasta machine for my birthday a few months ago and was amazed at how easy it is to make fresh pasta. A little time-consuming perhaps, but really not difficult. However, I’ve yet to invest in any sort of drying rack so here’s what happened to my little kitchen:
It’s really not the organized oasis of calm that I’d like it to be.
Getting into the cupboards became a tactical operation, as did finding any spare area of worktop whilst performing dosey does around the drying rack. It was worth it in the end though. The pasta sauce was beautifully creamy without being too rich or heavy – definitely a keeper!