Tuesday, 28 September 2010

heston's pea & pancetta spaghetti & macaroni cheese

Who would've thought we'd have eaten three experimental dishes in a row this week, and I'd willingly cook a Heston Blumenthal recipe! Will wonders never cease?

I know Lucyfer is a massive fan of the Heston, but I've never really warmed to him or his molecular cuisine, but Waitrose Weekend has started a mini-thaw. I've picked up a couple of his recipe cards without being overly inspired but this pasta dish in last week's paper looked too good to miss.

heston's pea & pancetta spaghetti
It was equally a little garlicky, a little salty from the pancetta and there was a nice spike of heat in the aftertaste from the chilli, with a lovely rich parmesan and egg yolk sauce. Definitely having it again, although sadly because of the chilli it's NSFM.

However Heston hadn't stopped giving, because as it only took 20 odd minutes to make I had time to knock together a cheeky macaroni cheese for the monkey's dinner tomorrow:

macaroni cheese
Not only that, I could even watch the new Matt King (that's Peep Show's Super Hans)-penned, chef comedy Whites on BBC2. A-MAY-ZING! Heston has definitely gone up in my estimation, slightly anyway.

Food of the Milos
The usual breakfast, before heading out to see the Dinosaurs and play with water with Ana at the Natural History Museum and Science Museum. They had egg mayo sandwiches out, along with the full range of fruit-based snacks. Sadly his mood does not hold up, and he spurns last night's chick pea curry AND the spaghetti Ana cooks him. The ingrate.

heston's pea & pancetta spaghetti - Waitrose Weekend, 16th September, p10
macaroni cheese - My mind, but inspired by a combination of Jamie's four cheese macaroni and Annabel Karmel's cheese sauce


  1. Oh I picked this recipe card up last week at Waitrose intending on giving it a go this week too! The speedy fridge to table method appealed to my slightly lazy nature.

  2. I know, and not a dry-ice maker in sight! Even curiouser, Ana actually ate the cubetti di pancetta without comment, and normally she moans like anything. Maybe she's Tudor-ed out?