Rather than being about eating seasonally, this blog has of late been more about rustling up meals in reasonable time from at-hand ingredients. Years ago, in London, I used to joke about reading Martha Gellhorn’s Pretty tales for tired people on the tube, because the title seemed so apt for commuters. Maybe nowadays it’s a case of Pretty-quick meals for tired people? Dreadfully lame, I know. Sorry.
But, anyway, another one of those nights. And thank heavens for tinned food. The amazing thing about this dish, though, is how fresh-tasting it is.
2 tbspn olive oil
1 finely chopped onion
1 clove of garlic, also finely chopped
Put in a heavy based frying pan, and cook for a few minutes. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes, and cook gently for a further 10 – 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add a tin of drained tuna, breaking up and working through the sauce to warm it up. Season with salt & freshly ground black pepper. Add a knob of butter (which gives the sauce a glossy finish) and chopped fresh parsley (at least something home-grown!). Serve over spaghetti, which can be cooked while the sauce is being prepared.
For a change, the other night, I worked a generous tablespoon of home-made tapenade through the spaghetti. That worked well, seemed to complement the sauce.