Embarrassingly Belated Pasta Please Roundup Post

I am so, so sorry.  No sooner had Politics Madness come to an end than I found myself plunged into Singing Madness – because of course December is singing season for church musicians like myself.  My best friend visited last weekend and commented on the fact that I was out singing on all three nights – and I had to tell her that this was actually a fairly relaxing weekend compared to the last two, on which I had also been out singing completely different things during the day as well…

We had a small but delicious collection of posts this month, no doubt due to a combination of being intimidated by home-made pasta, and, let’s be frank, my negligence in promoting this challenge properly.  Jacqueline, you have my apologies and I will plan better next time, if you ever let me host again!

As it happens, all three recipes this month are gluten free, dairy free, nut-free, and vegetarian, and two of them are vegan.  An impressive effort!

Janet at the Taste Space created Zucchini Noodles, which she served with an Arrabiata Sauce. This is a lovely, flavour-packed recipe, which also has the advantage of being quite straight-forward to cook, and also quite freezer-friendly.  A good choice for summer nights when it is too hot for cook, but you can’t face one more completely cold meal – you could just de-frost the sauce, heat it up, and serve with your raw zucchini noodles.  Yum.

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I love the combination of fresh zucchini and that rich, spicy sauce.

Kate, the Gluten Free Alchemist, absolutely delighted me with her gluten-free tagliatelli.  She has found the secret of a kneadable gluten-free pasta dough – glutinous rice flour seems to be key – and I’m clearly going to have to experiment with this sometime soon.  I’m so excited about this.  I’ve tried making gluten-free pasta several times, and my efforts had a tendency to dissolve in water.  Not nice…

I can’t believe it has no gluten in it and still looks like that.

Kate is also a newcomer to this challenge, so welcome, Kate!

My own contribution was more modest and far less Italian by comparison – my Nonna would be turning in her grave, I suspect!  I created a quick summer meal on a sadly cold and wet night, using my spiraliser to make cucumber noodles and serving them with a spicy Gazpacho sauce.  Which was rather spicier than I intended, as my hand slipped on the hot sauce bottle!  But Andrew loved it, and I’ll definitely be making this one in February, when the kitchen is too hot to endure…

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I’m going to end by thanking Jacqueline once again for letting me host this challenge, and also thanking both Kate and Janet for coming and playing the gluten-free pasta game with me!  If you like the sound of pasta challenges, this month’s Pasta Please challenge is being hosted by Tina at The Worktop, with a theme of Last Minute Pasta.  This sounds like a good theme, especially for such a busy time of year, so hopefully we’ll be seeing lots of exciting recipes this month…

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