January 14th, 2011
Alena cooked spaghetti Bolognese for lunch today. It was thick and concentrated – in the traditional style, not like the usual soupy mixture you get in Britain. According to the authentic Italian recipe, it should contain beef skirt, pancetta, carrot, cellery, onion, tomato sauce (not ketchup), milk, wine and salt and pepper to taste. All cooked very slowly on a low heat.
Breaking from tradition, I noticed that Alena added lots of garlic to her recipe, something Heston Blumenthal would agree with – me too, for that matter, I add garlic to almost everything. It’s claimed that garlic alleviates, high blood pressure and cholesterol, is good for your heart and even cures cancer! It definitely contains high quantities of vitamin C, so it helps keep colds away, not to mention scurvy. I’m probably a bit weird, but I find women who smell of garlic, quite sexy.