Recipes should have a long and active life, passed from hand to hand, to be shared with the people we like, people we want to please or people we want to impress when they come for dinner for the first time.
Whether it is a recipe from your grandmother, your colleague or a website you saw the day before recipes are made to travel around the world. You don’t know where it starts and you will never go how far it can go. France, England, Malaysia, South America… Recipes can become incredible globe-trotters and teach us a lot about the taste of the world.
And thanks, Mr. Oliver for what you’re doing to get people back in their kitchen!
Last evening, we had our first couch-surfer at home from Ohio. As a French person living in the UK, I made the following recipe, given to me by a colleague of mine, leaving in England. Pass it on and make it live. That is what sharing a recipe is all about, just as couch-surfing is all about sharing experiences.
Mozzarella Pasta Penne – 4 persons
1 can of plum tomatoes
1 can of chopped tomatoes
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
2 tablespoons of sundried tomato paste
150g of mozzarella
A good hand of chopped fresh basil
125g of grated parmesan
Salt and pepper
Preheat the oven at 200°c.
Cook the pasta in boiling water until just tender.
Meanwhile heat the plum tomatoes and oil in a pan, breaking down the tomatoes gently with a wooden spoon.
While mixing, add the fresh tomatoes, the sundried tomato pasta, the diced mozzarella, half the parmesan, basil and seasoning to taste.
Bring to the boil and remove from the heat.
Drain the pasta and place in an ovenproof dish, pour the mixture over it and put it in the oven with remaining parmesan until the cheese is golden.
Serve with some chopped fresh tomatoes and lettuce.