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In Protest of Deprivation…..Chorizo and Squid Spaghetti

August 23, 2012

As I’ve mentioned before I go to a Mums’n’ Bubs bootcamp (Yummy Mummys – shameless plug) for a regular arsekicking  workout with my torturer  trainer, Yazalicious.
Every week Yaz sends out an email to everyone welcoming newcomers (totally sucking them in and letting them think she’s not going to smash them mercilessly) and giving tips on health and nutrition. It’s very informative.
One week recently she suggested that everyone take a small step towards their health goals and give up just one thing.

Just one thing? How hard could that be, right?

You wouldn’t do a blanket thing like sugar, because that’s way too full on, but perhaps you could give up chocolate?
My arse.

Ice cream?
Absolutely not.

Weeeeell, maybe.

Get f*&ked. I’d rather die.

I thought about it for weeks. Yes, I really do want to lose my baby pouchy belly, but I don’t want to actually have to deprive myself of food I love!???!!!
That’s a foul thing in my mind.

I decided I really didn’t want to give up anything that I wanted to eat……and then I realised all of the things I eat that I don’t want to eat- AKA D Man’s food.
I don’t want to eat his soggy half chewed toast, or dropped pieces of pasta. I really don’t.
Nor do I want to finish his rejected meals, share his snacks or nibble his crusts.
Why do I?
Part laziness (can’t be arsed to walk to the bin), partly habit, and a large part of seefood addiction I have (not a typo – See Food and Eat It is a very real disorder).

I vowed I would give up his food. I had steely resolve. I told Yaz, because the first step is admitting the problem and telling people who care that you’ll change – AND MEANING IT.
Well, I meant it.
I was so proud of myself because I lasted one whole day.

Anyway, Yazalicious reads this blog so she knows what I eat……she said to me today,

“You’re fine to eat what you want, but for this hour YOU. ARE. MINE.”

It was kinda hot.

So as retaliation for her thinly veiled threat, I thumb my nose at her with a tribute to pig fat and carbohydrates. Bring that shizzle on, oink, oink.
She’ll totally make me pay in a pound of sweat so if you don’t hear from me, please send flowers to St George Hospital.

Yield : 4 serves

You will need :

  • 1 cured chorizo, sliced
  • 1 squid hood, scored and cut into pieces
  • 1 small spanish onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 red capsicum, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • a handful chopped parsley
  • a packet of dried spaghetti

Salad for serving

Pop a saucepan of water on the stove for your pasta. Salt the water.

Over a low heat, place chorizo into a heavy bottomed fry pan without oil. The fat will render out and be delicious to cook our onions in. Oink.
Turn once, ensuring it has a little bit of golden colour.
Remove and place on kitchen roll to absorb any excess fat. Yaz would want it that way.

Pop your pasta into the pan. Cook as much as you think you need. I almost always make too much….you’d think I could cook pasta by now, huh?

Throw your onion into the pan and when translucent add your garlic and fennel seeds. Toss in your capsicum, tinned tomatoes and wine and simmer for 5 minutes.
Chuck in your squid, and parsley and stir for a further 5 minutes. Add about  1/3 cup of your pasta water to the pan. Toss your chorizo back in, season and throw your cooked pasta in.
Toss and serve with a big yummy green salad. I find that a salad with shaved fennel goes beautifully with this pasta.

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  • Reply Bunny Eats Design August 23, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Gorgeous and yum! Much better than the D Man’s soggy rejects. I’m not a sweet tooth so could give up sweets no sweat. I wonder what my Pièce de résistance is? They’re all rich and savoury…and meaty. Maybe bacon. Is pork too big of a blanket?

  • Reply Francesca Esposito-Rose, Business Mentor & Online Ninja @ thelikeffect August 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

    OMFG, your blog posts are always so hilarious, I always read every word-for-word-to-the-end. What a brilliant writer you are Danielle, the way you tell your stories are so engaging, and your photography, wow, you are one talented yummy-mummy honey 🙂

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys August 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

      You sure do know how to make a girl feel good!
      Thanks for the love!

      • Reply thelikeffect August 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

        meant every word of it xx YOU ROCK 🙂

  • Reply Kate August 23, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    haha! I just love this. So true. Beautiful photos. So glad I popped in.

  • Reply Nina August 24, 2012 at 3:01 am

    Gorgeous photos! My husband would love this; me—I’m a weakling when it comes to spice and chorizo.

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys August 24, 2012 at 5:58 am

      Hey N, also great with prawns or scallops. I love it because it’s fast. It can be ready by the time your pasta is cooked.

  • Reply Mrs H August 24, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Love the photos – recipe sounds DELISH too. Know completely what you mean re leftovers. Why do we do it? Must admit I manage to contain mine to fish fingers, home made wedges or any too delicious curry type things. Still, who needs a fourth meal in the day. Just means I need to exercise more or eat less of my own stuff – NO WAY JOSE!!

    • Reply Keeping Up With The Holsbys August 24, 2012 at 5:57 am

      How good are fish fingers? I forgot about them until I had D Man. The munching is totally universal. The food is right there….. Self control is not my friend!!!

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