Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spaghetti with clams and aioli

New recipe for me, inspired by something I saw Rick Stein doing in some cookery show.

Put clams in a hot pan, add a cup of white wine. Cover and cook until they opened. Drain with a colander, but keep the liquid. Discard the clams which did not open.

Put some spaghetti or tagliatelle into a pot with boiling water and cook according to package instructions.

Meanwhile put one sliced onion and some sliced garlic into a pan with olive oil and fry them until soft. I added some small and medium peeled prawns and some leftover cod pieces. Then add the clams with shells and the white wine liquid you kept. Finally add some aioli. Season with salt pepper and herbs.

Reduce this a little bit. Add the pasta straight from the other pan and stir until it is covered.

The result should be creamy with not too much liquid.

Ingredients (for two really hungry people).
  • 200g pasta
  • clams (four handful)
  • 1 cup of dry white whine
  • 1 onion (sliced)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (sliced)
  • two table spoons of aioli
  • some prawns or other white sea food
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • herbs

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Quarterly resolutions review

Ok, lets see how I am doing on my New Year resolutions:

loose weight
not much to see there. I think it is mainly because I am not going to the gym enough and haven't started mountain biking yet because of various illnesses. But I am teetotal now, so that should make a difference in the future.

use my motorcycle more
that is a no. I blame it on the weather.

sort out my music collection
ripping CDs is done and I have deleted all mp3s from questionable sources. I also removed all duplicates, which was quite a bit of work. I still have to digitize my tapes, but I wrote the software for it and have bought a new tape deck for the task.

travel somewhere new
we have planned some kind of summer holiday, but we don't know where yet. Cat prefers the Atlantic either France of Spain, but I would love to see some the south of France and some of the island in the Mediterranean. As I want to go with the motorcycle, this are pretty much the areas we can travel if we have one week of holiday.

do more programming
I did a bit of work on my small open source projects. I also have three packages in Fedora now. At work I started to help, which is a rather busy health portal for the German market. This is fun, because it is just programming without a CMS or lots of HTML to get into my way.

take more advantage of Barcelona

blog more
better than last year, but still not good. I also started to use twitter more, which is nice.

According to wikipedia I am doing not too bad, but there are still nine months to go...