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Robin's Recipes.

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Tasty cuisine to tempt your tastebuds
My friend Robin enjoys cooking and from time to time has given me recipes for some of his favourites. He has kindly agreed to share some of these and will add a few here from time to time.
His motto is - The secret to good cooking is the quality of the ingredients.

Recipe for Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Puttanesca means 'whore' or 'tart' or 'lady of the night' in Italian. The point of this meal being that it is a little bit on the spicy or exotic side. This recipe (which is enough for two) has the three advantages of being cheap, healthy and lovely.
1 tin of anchovies.
1 tin chopped tomatoes.
approx 15 black olives (I like the dry 'Greek style' ones - but any black olives will do) make sure you take the stones out.
1 medium onion (finely chopped).
2 large cloves of garlic (finely chopped).
1 or 2 dried (and crushed) chillis (according to taste - this meal is supposed to be spicy - not hot). I use dried birds eye chillis.
Glass of red wine.
Pepper to taste (but defintely no salt)
1) open the anchovies and poor the oil from the tin into a frying pan.
2) add the onion and fry for a few minutes on a low to medium heat until it starts to brown.
3) add the anchovies, chilli(s), garlic and pepper and continue frying for a further 4 or 5 minutes on a low heat. Mush or break up the anchovies as you stir.
4) add the wine, tomatoes and olives.
5) cook for an hour or so on a low heat.
6) serve with any sort of pasta.

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