Winging It

Baked Wings with Creamy Polenta

The other day I was browsing Coles and they had some crazy special on chicken wings. I think I got a kilo for $5 or something silly so I of course bought it. Then realized I didn’t know quite what to do with it. And so I made this.

I don’t have a recipe per se, it involves a Herbie’s rub, which my lovely friend Fleur gifted to me all the way from Sydney and a random concoction of honey, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and I think dried oregano. I think. It was then baked in a 180˚C oven with all the marinade poured over. You end up with some pretty awesome gravy that goes excellently with the polenta.

I have a newfound appreciation for polenta. Especially the creamy variety. It tastes the best with cream cheese but I don’t always have that on hand so even a tiny bit of butter works. Mmm. This was some good stuff.


Pasta Mania

I’ve just noticed how many different pasta dishes I have backlogged so I thought I’d just lump them all together in one post. It must be because I’ve been quite lazy these days and pasta is really quick to make and you can make it any way you want it with whatever you have in the pantry and it’s always really cheap! Win-win.

Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

I had the strangest craving for a Chicken Fettucine Alfredo for the longest time and just had to make it. It’s really strange because I don’t think I’ve ever had it (it’s such an American dish!) but somehow I had to have it. I used this recipe but left out the tomatoes and sour cream and used more milk instead. In the end, my sauce was pretty watery but on the plus side, it was way less disgusting. You know how when you have something too creamy and you can’t have too much of it cos it grosses you out after a few bites? This wasn’t a problem with more milk instead of cream. Also, my tip is don’t use the San Remo fettucine. It was all stuck together and utterly disgusting! Gah!

Oh, and a tip: add nutmeg. It’ll make it so much better.

Tuna and Chickpea Pasta

Another really easy dish and as you can tell, I ran out of just one type of pasta so I had to mix it up.

Tuna and Chickpea Pasta
Serves 3-4

1 onion, thinly sliced
1 large can of tuna (drained)
1 can of chickpeas
1 bottle of tomato passata
Lemon juice
Pasta (amount up to you), cooked until al dente

1. Heat some olive oil up in a pan, add onion and sweat the onions.

2. Add the tomato passata, tuna and chickpeas. Leave a while to simmer until the chickpeas are a little more tender. Season to taste.

3. Scoop sauce up over the pasta, then squeeze some lemon juice over the top to finish.

Bacon, Anchovies and Broccoli Pasta

This is one of my favourite spontaneous pasta dishes ever! Just have to remember to go really light on the salt when making this, though.

Bacon, Anchovies, and Broccoli Pasta
Serves 2

5 garlic cloves, diced
2 rashers of bacon, diced
1 broccoli floret, cut up and blanched in hot water for 2-3 minutes
2 anchovy fillets
Handful of Panka breadcrumbs
Pasta of choice, cooked until al dente

1. Heat oil up in a pan, then add in bacon. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, then add in the garlic and anchovies. The anchovies will melt so keep stirring so that it coats everything.

2. Add in broccoli and breadcrumbs. Quickly toss to coat everything together. Season to taste.

3. Add in pasta and mix everything together. Serve immediately.


Easy Breezy

Pork & Fennel Sausage and Spinach Pasta

I’m pretty sure this dish was something I created on a whim when I was starving, too lazy to head out to get groceries and was desperate to use all that was left in the refrigerator. It turned out to be pretty spectacular (if slightly greasy!) so I guess the recipe is worth sharing.

Pork & Fennel Sausage and Spinach Pasta
Serves 2

2 pork & fennel sausages, cased removed
1-2 handfuls of spinach, rinsed and drained (or dabbed dry with a paper towel)
5 cloves of garlic, minced
Sliced fresh chilli, or two teaspoons of dried chilli flakes (optional)
Pasta of choice, cooked until al dente
Olive oil

1. Heat up olive oil in a frying pan, then add in your garlic and cook until lightly browned.

2. Add your sausage meat and mince it up as it cooks to separate it.

3. Add in your cooked pasta and stir until thoroughly mixed. Season to taste, and add in the chilli if using.

4. Turn off the fire, then throw in the spinach leaves. Gently stir through and serve immediately.

Pretty fantastic for a quick weekday meal.